While the GSM/GPRS card is available now for 2 weeks through an Asian
online-shop and some PPCW.Net visitors like Robert already get it, today the RTM-8000 Tri-Band GSM/GPRS CF card is officially released by Audiovox in the United States and Europe.
HAUPPAUGE, NY, August 13, 2002 -Â Audiovox Communications Corporation (ACC), a subsidiary of Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), and a U.S. leader in CDMA (code division multiple access) handsets according to Dataquest, today
announced the availability of the worldâ€™s first GSM/GPRS Compact Flash (CF) card -Â the RTM-8000.
- Tri-Band Operations: GSM 900/ DCS 1800/ PCS 1900
- GSM Voice Communications: Half Rate/Full Rate/Enhanced Full Rate
- Circuit Switch Data: Asynchronous, Transparent/Non-Transparent Mode, up to 14.4 Kbps
Short Message Service (SMS): MT/MO/CB
- FAX: Group 3 / Class 2.0
- Dimensions: 42.8 mm X 63.8 mm X 3.3 mm (main section) / 9.35 mm (extended section), including 360Âº Turn-able Helix Antenna
SIM: Small 3/5V SIM card holder
- GPRS: Class B, Multi-slot Class 8 (4 down/1 up/5 per frame)
- AT Command Set: Complies with GSM 07.05, 07.07 including GPRS-specific or extended commands
- Form Factor: Type I extended Compact Flash Card
- External Headset: For Audio Input/Output, Ear-microphone included
- SIM LOCK: Function supported
- Software Included: Pocket PC 2000/2002
- Modem setup wizard software for PC (Windows 2000/XP, ME & 98)
The RTM-8000 is a tri-band (EGSM 900/ DCS 1800/ PCS 1900) GSM/GPRS CF card that enables GSM subscribers globally to instantly convert a handheld Pocket PC or PDA into a wireless communications device that facilitates voice communications
and high-speed, GPRS data transmission. With the RTM-8000, users can use their Pocket PC device to surf the Internet, send and receive E-mails and Short Message Service (SMS) as well as make and receive phone calls. Moreover, the RTM-8000
enables users to accomplish these functions at data speeds as high as 57.6 Kbps. The RTM-8000 can also be used as a standard wireless modem in a notebook computer, enabling data speeds up to 57.6 kbps and thereby providing true mobility for
PC users as well.
"Audiovox is the first to market this type of a global wireless enhancement tool," said Philip Christopher, ACC President and CEO. "For our carrier customers around the world, the RTM-8000 expands their subscribersâ€™ wireless data and voice
capabilities and furthers their data initiatives. For the consumer, this GSM-enabling card significantly advances the functionality of their handheld hardware and their own business and personal productivity."
Once inserted into the CF card slot of a Pocket PC or PDA, the RTM-8000â€™s dialer program is activated which turns a standard Pocket PC or PDA into a wireless device with telephone capabilities. The CF card is also equipped with a 2.5-mm
earjack that can be used with the included hands-free headset that enables the user to dial up and make calls. When used together with a standard notebook/laptop computer, the user is offered a fully mobile Internet solution for surfing the
Internet and sending or receiving emails.
Because GSM systems are based on a set of standards used around the world, ACCâ€™s RTM-8000 can provide users in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific with a quick and easy wireless connectivity solution for their Pocket
PCs, PDAs and notebook computers. Currently, the 1900 MHz GSM band is used (although two carriers are expected to launch a new 850-MHz band during Q4 of this year) in North America. ACC plans to introduce the RTM-8000 to all North American
carriers with GSM properties within the near future.
In South America, GSM communications can be on any of the three available bands, depending upon an individual countryâ€™s requirements. Meanwhile in Europe, a Danish carrier has already approved ACCâ€™s CF GSM/GPRS card with many other carriers
in the midst of evaluating the device for themselves, planning to introduce it into their overall programs.
Manufacturerâ€™s suggested retail price for the RTM-8000 GSM/GPRS CF Card is $299, excluding any carrier subsidies or discounts which could lower its retail price.
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