According to DigiTimes, BenQ has finished developing a GSM/GPRS/W-LAN PCMCIA card and expects to launch it under its own-brand name next month.
The device, codenamed W10, supports GPRS tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz frequencies). In addition to GPRS, The W10 card also supports 802.11b wireless connectivity.
BenQ plans to market the card first in Taiwan by partnering with local mobile phone service providers. In overseas markets, the strategy is to win outsource production orders or work with international vendors by supplying whole-unit products, the company said.
Chi Mei Communication Systems (CMCS) is the first Taiwanese company that launched a wireless GPRS card. It is reportedly manufacturing a tri-band GSM/GPRS Type I CompactFlash (CF) card for Audiovox Communications. CMCS also ships a similar wireless GPRS CF card to TransAsia Telecommunications, a mobile phone service provider in Taiwan.
Not a price nor a compatibility list was given so far, so I don't have any clues if it will work with Pocket PCs also. So far, the only PCMCIA card with GSM and GPRS support is the Option GlobeTrotter which works fine with Pocket PCs.
Cheers ~ Arne
Source : [DigiTimes]