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HP Expands Mobile Networking Services For SMBs

At its Mobility Summit in San Jose, California, on Wednesday, Hewlett-Packard announced the expansion of its Smart Office portfolio of mobile and wireless services for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). The extended services include hosted Exchange-based e-mail and messaging; wireless LAN assessment, planning, and installation; and wireless printing from a handheld PC.

The HP Hosted Microsoft Exchange Email Solution supports companies with anywhere from one to hundreds of users. Employees can access their e-mail from anywhere via a wired or wireless Internet connection using any mobile or desktop device. Users who have a wireless device can now access their Exchange inbox, calendar, and contacts while receiving e-mail in real time.

The HP wLAN Assessment Service provides customers with a detailed wireless local area network (WLAN) plan for optimum wireless connections in their office. Three service levels are available: small (up to 30,000 sq. ft.), medium (30,000-60,000 sq. ft.), and large (60,000-100,000 sq. ft.). Each service level is limited to two stories of a building.

HP's wLAN Installation & Start-Up Service provides the deployment and configuration of WLAN access points and client wireless PC devices, including pre-installation planning, verification tests, and customer orientation sessions. Three service levels are available for 1, 5, and 10 access points, each including up to three wireless devices. Services may be combined to accommodate more than 10 access points. A separate service is also available for installation of five additional client wireless PC devices.

HP Mobile Printing for Pocket PC enables walk-up printing from a handheld PC to network, Bluetooth, or infrared printers. The service is already integrated into many Pocket PC applications, including Microsoft Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, File Explorer, Pocket Internet Explorer, and Pocket Outlook. The latest version is available for free download at

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