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HP Partners with 3Com to Offer Bluetooth Capabilities on Notebook PCs.

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PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 18, 2000

HP OmniBook XE3 All-in-one Notebook

PC and HP Pavilion N5000

notebook PC Extend E-service Offerings

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced a new alliance with 3Com, unveiling phase three of its wireless strategy and enabling it to offer customers simple Bluetooth wireless computing. The agreement will allow HP OmniBook and HP Pavilion notebook PC users to connect to a wide range of computing and telecommunications devices without the need to buy, carry or connect cables.

HP also unveiled its next-generation all-in-one notebook PC platform and HP Instant Support for notebook PCs, products that provide users with easy and reliable ways to stay connected to their customers, partners and critical data anytime, anywhere.

"HP's mobile computing and wireless strategy underscores our commitment to help make the Internet a pervasive tool that securely and reliably delivers increased productivity," said Hilary Glann, global mobile marketing manager for HP's Mobile Computing Division. "HP's success with notebook PCs reflects a growing recognition that HP is delivering products and services that help its customers thrive in the new e-business economy."

HP's Wireless Strategy

HP continues its leadership in delivering reliable and secure wireless solutions by creating key alliances providing wireless access in the areas of Personal Area Networks, Local Area Networks and Wide Area Networks.

HP is partnering with 3COM to equip its HP OmniBook notebook PCs and HP Pavilion notebook PCs with Bluetooth -- wireless communications enabling technology for peripherals and telecommunications devices. Bluetooth cards are expected to be available in the fourth calendar quarter of this year. The Bluetooth PC cards are easy to set up using a connection wizard that enables users to switch between multiple wired and wireless profiles.

HP holds Associate status in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which is a driving development of the technology(1), and is actively working to ensure compatibility between multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices and between Bluetooth and 802.11b wireless devices. HP is a founding member of the Mobile Data Initiative (MDI) 3G, whose mission it is to make wireless Internet/Intranet access with mobile devices simple and as common as data over fixed wires.

HP Notebook PCs Deliver Reliable, Value-priced, All-in-one Functionality

HP OmniBook XE3 notebook PC delivers the reliability and functionality SMB users and corporate professionals need for demanding business applications and presentations in a sleek new design. This productivity powerhouse features integrated communication, increased graphics capabilities, extended battery life, and ease-of-use features. The HP OmniBook XE3 notebook PC is reliable, secure, easy to manage, and backed by HP support.

The HP Pavilion N5000 is a desktop-equivalent notebook PC providing consumers and SMB users with a mobile, multimedia tool capable of handling graphics-intensive programs. The HP Pavilion N5000 notebook PC features integrated connectivity, one-touch keys and HP e-center for linking customers to e-services.

HP Instant Support

Committed to providing optimal services and support solutions, HP offers HP Instant Support, which helps customers easily resolve computing problems through self-service and assisted-service actions, saving time and allowing users to focus on more business-critical tasks.

HP E-services

HP's popular e-center is incorporated into HP OmniBook and Pavilion notebook PCs, giving users the convenience of accessing third-party business-productivity solutions from the desktop. Customized solutions offered by HP partners include the ability to plan business travel, back-up files, print and distribute documents, and synchronize data and information on multiple devices via the Internet.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

HP OmniBook XE3 and Pavilion N5000 PCs are available immediately in a variety of entry-level configurations with U.S. estimated street prices starting at $1,199(2) to powerful configurations up to $2,599(2).

HP and 3Com Bluetooth PC cards are expected to be available Nov. 1 for an estimated U.S. street price of $149(2).

HP Instant Support is available now as a free download at:

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure that's always on.

HP has 86,000 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

(1) The Group's promoter companies include 3COM Corporation, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft(R), Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba, and more than 1800 adopter companies.

(2) Actual prices may vary.

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