As most of you might have seen people using their laptops at the library, in café or coffee shops, etc., have you ever wondered if they are online? You could have seen their mobile phone next to the laptop on the table, probably connected via Infrared to serve as a modem to get online. Didn’t you try to hide your smile when they accidentally move their phone out of its line of sight or to check their SMS messages and forgot they were connected online, causing them to lose their Internet connection, crying out in frustration? The other day, I received something that made those good old days, or should I say bad, gone forever!
Option and Vodafone has partnered and produced us with this new simple and easy to use product RRP (Recommended Retail Price) at only AUD$599. The concept is really simple. Take the innards of a mobile phone, turn it into a PC Card for your laptop and then offer an easy to use software interface to work the whole thing. No wires or the need for infrared again! Introducing the Vodafone Mobile Connect Card. =)
About the Vodafone Mobile Connect Card
The Vodafone Mobile Connect Card itself is an “Option GlobeTrotter Universal Tri-band GPRS/GSM PC-Radio Card”, which is available to be purchase from Option separately, however without the convenience of Vodafone’s all-in-one solution. This Type II PCMCIA compliant card has a dimension of 90 x 54 x 5mm and weights only 45 grams. It is a tri-band GSM/GPRS adapter, so it can be use on any GSM network around the world, allowing its users to travel without a worry they won’t be able to use it in a certain country.
The Mobile Connect Card is future proof, with 16 Mb memories for upgradeable flash technology ensuring the latest GSM and GPRS functionality. It supports IPsec client software for end to end secure corporate data exchange and synchronisation over VPN (Virtual Private Network).
A retractable antenna is integrated in the card, which comes out by pushing it in and letting go. This is sufficient enough for good reception areas, but if you wish, you could also purchase an external antenna socket from Vodafone to get better signal in poorer reception areas. There is also a socket for a headset on the edge of the card.
The card is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 onwards, but you’ll need Windows 2000 or Windows XP to support multiplexing, that is, the ability to send or receive SMS messages while connected to the GPRS service. You would still be able to do those things if you’re using an earlier Operation System, but you won’t be able to at the same time.
Let’s face it, the two gadgets that most people never leave home without, are the cellular phone and the digital audio player. Hence, it makes sense in combining the two devices into one convenient package... more...