Best Buy gets into mobile broadband service game

Electronics giant Best Buy has made an MVNO deal with Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) to offer its own mobile broadband services via Gobi-embedded laptops and netbooks purchased at Best Buy stores.

Best Buy Connect will become available on July 11, starting at $30 per month for 250MB up to $60 per month for 5GB, according to Engadget. Services will be offered to customers on a postpaid and prepaid basis, Engadget reported. WiMAX service, which Clearwire offers on a wholesale basis to Sprint, won't be involved in the offering. Qualcomm's Gobi doesn't support WiMAX, but enables roaming between CDMA EVDO networks and HSPA networks.

Best Buy said it would release more details about pricing options July 11.

For more:
- see this Kansas City Business Journal article
- read this Engadget post

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