Popular electronics retailer, Best Buy will make its foray into the mobile broadband data service market with the launch of Best Buy Connect. The launch is speculated to happen on July 11 and will be offered in partnership with Sprint.
According to reports, this will not be a full-fledged service to begin with and will be limited to a small segment of devices sold by the retailer. The service will only be offered to laptops embedded with Qualcomm’s Gobi chipset. Also, though the partnership is with Sprint, the retailer will not provide 4G broadband services and will be completely restricted to 3G data service.
The data plans are expected to begin at $30 a month for 250MB of data usage and $60 a month for up to 5GB of data. The Gobi chipset based laptops can roam on both CDMA and HSPA networks. So it will be interesting to see if Best Buy also partners with other carriers to expand their service offering. We will know in a few days.