Fujitsu Siemens Computers is using the mobile phone contract sales model to sell tablet PCs, laptops and PDAs.
Each device comes with free Wi-Fi minutes or GPRS mobile data packages from 10 megabytes, backup, stolen laptop tracking software, insurance, a helpline and on-site support.
Vodafone will provide the GPRS services, with Wi-Fi access offered through The Cloud hotspot network. Prices range from £89 to £149 per month, after a £99 initial cost.
At the end of the 24-month contract customers have the option of carrying on, buying the hardware, returning it or upgrading to a new package.
Customers can also upgrade their laptops at 12 and 24 months, and have the option of moving to 3G connectivity.
Fujitsu Siemens claimed that the packages will help customers better manage cash flow by reducing upfront costs. And by June the company intends to offer the same service running on rival hardware.
The vendor plans to add backup services, and security such as firewalls and virtual private networks. It will also offer PDAs with GPRS in March, with pricing on the same model.
Andrew Barker, head of volume product marketing at Fujitsu Siemens, said: "We are taking the same contract selling model as the mobile phone industry and bringing it to IT."
The company will also offer similar, though more tailored, services for enterprises.
"Enterprises want a stable price for connectivity with no variable cost, so that you know what your costs are," said Barker.
"From the IT budget point of view you can better estimate the return on investment by making your workers mobile, rather than it being a hidden cost that comes in the expenses."
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