Chromebooks connect to Three as Google announces UK network partner

With the first Chromebooks launching in the UK next month, Google has appointed Three the official UK 3G network partner.

Mobile operator Three will be Google's official Chromebook 3G connectivity partner in the UK, with the first wave of Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer due out in June.

Three is being particularly secretive about exactly what being Google's bedfellow is all about. Thankfully, Google has laid things out a little more clearly.

Each 3G-capable Chromebook will come with a SIM card that includes 3GB of free data that must be used within three months before it expires. After that, users can top up with a 500MB day pass for £2.99 (any unused data is wiped out at the end of the day) or 30-day plans -- 1GB for £10, 3GB for £15 or 7GB for £25.

That's not as generous as many of Three's mobile and tablet offers, but it still seems like a pretty good deal. We're not sure why mobile operators are so scared of people chomping through vast amounts of data on laptops as compared to tablets and smart phones. Until 4G arrives in style, Web surfing away from Wi-Fi can be painfully slow.

Although the word "exclusive" is not mentioned in the press release, that's effectively what it is. We have no inkling of when other network operators will be allowed to join the party, if at all.

It has to be said, the network has been doing pretty well for itself recently, pushing the HTC Flyer and the Nokia X7 and selling off huge bundles of data . There's one company paying no attention to Friday 13th fear.

About the author

    Andy Merrett has been using mobile phones since the days when they only made voice calls. Since then he has worked his way through a huge number of Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson models. Andy is a freelance writer and is not an employee of CNET.


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