According to the news at
firstloox.org, Fujitsu Siemens discontinued the development of the GPRS
November 5, 2002: Wireless Wide Area Networking (WWAN)
capabilities for users of the Pocket LOOX PDA enable greater flexibility for
data and voice connectivity through the combined solutions of a Compact
Flash card and Bluetooth enabled mobile phone capabilities.
As it has been
the goal to offer best solutions rather than concentrate on proprietary
hardware - giving the customer real freedom of expandability - the company
will focus its efforts on existing GPRS hardware solutions for data
communication and no longer pursue the development of a dual band GPRS
Plug-on module for data and voice communication. Without giving away the
original concept of connectivity, Fujitsu Siemens Computers will offer GPRS
connection in the future through two scenarios: a GPRS Compact Flash card
for pure data connectivity or the combination Pocket LOOX and a Bluetooth
enabled mobile phone for data and voice connectivity.
Peter Esser, EVP for
Volume Products commented: "Our shift in strategy in our PDA offering has
been made in the best interests of our customers to meet their requirements
for connectivity. The result is a more flexible solution which fully
supports the vast range of application solutions for WWAN which are now
available on the market - and for those to come in the future."
WWAN functionality Fujitsu Siemens Computers will focus on these two
- GPRS Compact Flash card for pure data connectivity
The CF card solution is purely focused on data communication, enabling
online anywhere and anytime communication. This solution maintains the
Pocket LOOXâ€™ slim form factor but enables the possibility to expand the
operating time by attaching the second battery module. On top of that, it
offers all the advantages of a tri-band device, expanding the mobility of
users beyond the European borders. This CF card GPRS will be available from
- Pocket LOOX and Bluetooth enabled mobile phone for data and voice
The Bluetooth enabled mobile phone gives users the same Wireless WAN
connectivity as any other solution, but adds flexibility and extensive voice
capabilities. The advantage of this combination is the free CF card slot,
giving the option to use additional CF based solutions.
A GPRS enabled triple band CF card!? Sounds like FJS will use the Audiovox or
Pretec card. However, according to the information above, this means that we
will not see a Pocket PC Phone Edition integration and the already designed
phone features of the Loox like the Send/End button and speaker on the
top/microphone on the bottom will become useless. That's a disappointing
Unfortunately the time moved faster than the development
progresses - it seems. When Compaq introduced the Wireless Pack 2 years ago
it was a big step into the right direction and Fujitsu Siemens' further
developments of this idea was a great one. However, with today's available
Phone Edition devices this developments became more or less obsolete.
UPDATE: I just got the confirmation from Fujitsu Siemens that this news
We are looking at sourcing another solution, which will be
CF based, though we may have to wait until a properly certified solution
comes out in January.
I know that many people have bought Pocket
LOOXs on the terms that they would eventually be able to get the GPRS
module, however I know that we won't be leaving customers in the lurch over
this, and a solution will definately be available as soon as possible.
At present, customers can still use the GSM/GPRS functionality through
the use of a Bluetooth phone (if the CF slot is needed concurrently with
data) with the LOOX, and will ultimately receive the same data throughput
that the add on module would have given.
Cheers ~ Arne
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