Qualcomm announced today that the three Windows 10 on ARM PCs that will launch this Spring will be supported by 14 wireless carriers from around the globe.
“Our collaboration together with Microsoft has continued to build momentum for the Always Connected PC category,” Qualcomm vice president Don McGuire said in a prepared statement. “With the growing list of commitments from leading mobile operators worldwide, Snapdragon-powered Always Connected PCs are engineered to offer consumers a compelling and powerful mobile computing experience, with instant-on capability, always-on connectivity and ‘beyond all-day’ battery life in innovative, thin and light designs.”
We’ve known for some time that only three Qualcomm-based Windows 10 PCs would ship this Spring. But the list of wireless carriers has grown a lot, from the originally-announced five, which were China Telecom, TIM (Italy), EE (U.K.), and Sprint and Verizon (U.S.). Now, the following carriers are on-board as well:
- Telstra (Australia)
- CMCC (China Mobile Communications Corporation) (China)
- Transatel (France)
- Deutsche Telekom (Germany)
- Cubic (Ireland)
- Telefónica (Spain)
- Swisscom (Switzerland)
- T-Mobile (U.S.)
- AT&T (U.S.)
So, yes, all four of the major U.S. carriers are supporting Qualcomm-based Always Connected PCs.
“The Always Connected PC combines the connectivity and the simplicity of the smartphone with the power and creative capability of the Windows 10 PC, transforming how we work and play,” Microsoft corporate vice president Matt Barlow adds. “In collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and with the support of these mobile operators, consumers will be able to enjoy up to gigabit 4G/LTE connectivity and stay connected to the things that are most important to them.”
Expect more Always Connected PC news from Mobile World Congress this coming week. Including, I assume, from Intel, which is also supporting this initiative.