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PREVIEW: Audiovox RTM-8000 Triple Band GSM/GPRS CF Card
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 03.10.02 - 14:58:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 11460x
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Yesterday I got the long awaiting Audiovox GSM/GPRS CF card for testing. So here are the first pictures. My first impression? It's so small - to small to imagine that this card should be a full functional GSM and GPRS triple band card which supports voice as well as data (which it does!). And also the figures seems to be to fantastic: GSM 900, DCS 1800 and PCS 1900, GSM Voice Communications supporting Half Rate/Full Rate/ Enhanced Full Rate, Fax support for Group 3 / Class 2.0 and GPRS Class B, Multi-slot Class 8 (4 Rx/1 TX/5 simultaneously) with a simultaneous network registration of GSM & GPRS. For voice an external headset is required.


The card comes in a small packet and includes the CF card, a manual, a CD-ROM with drivers and manuals and the headset.


The card is slightly larger than a SIM card which means it's really small.


Compared to other CF communication cards like Bluetooth or W-LAN the Audiovox card isn't that large if you keep in mind that it has to hold a SIM card and support 3 GSM networks as well as voice.


The Audiovox RTM-8000 add GSM/GPRS communication to every Pocket PC which includes a CF card slot like the hp iPAQ (which required the jacket for sure) the hp Jornada or the Casio E-200.


Audiovox is using a special version of IA Style's Dialer software as the phone interface. This software supports everything you need to use the card from the PIN entry to making/receiving voice calls as well as SMS but also GSM core functionalities like GSM network selection, etc.

Please give me a few more days to test the card. I will leave my Pocket PC Phone Edition at home and will use my hp Jornada as my data device for the next couple of days now. We will see how it works.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Comments
Posted by Anonymous on 03.10.02 - 00:00:00

Does it works with Running Voice?
Haven't seen anything on RVs site.

Posted by DIGNOW on 03.10.02 - 00:00:00

When will this card be available in the US?  I can't seem to find the answer to that question in any of the obvious places.  Thanks.

Posted by Learn Yee on 04.10.02 - 00:00:00

Nope. I got this card about 2 weeks ago and its own dailer is the only dialer which works with it.
Anyway, I sent an email to RV and they said they are currently testing it. They can't confirmed the actual public release date of RV which would support RTM8000

Posted by Learn Yee on 04.10.02 - 00:00:00

BTW, the GPRS is working absolutely right, now I can have my ICQ and MSN messager on for 24x7 for less then RM2.0 (USD0.5) everyday

Posted by Arne Hess on 05.10.02 - 00:00:00

@DIGNOW: You can order the RTM-8000 here:

http://www.shoppingpda.com/product/rtm8000/rtm8000.asp

They are shipping worldwide and I've heard from some US useres that they got it without any probs!

Posted by Anonymous on 07.10.02 - 00:00:00

Do you have problems reading/writing to the SIM card? That's the problem I have currently in the US.

Posted by Anonymous on 07.10.02 - 00:00:00

Any comments on the power consumption from those of you using the device?  Is there a way to toggle the screen off (as in Windows Media Player) to save power but keep the phone on, or even better turn the whole PDA off except for the power being fed to the CD card?

Posted by Anonymous on 08.10.02 - 00:00:00

You can turn off the screen with a button of your choosing. Before I knew this, I got about 6 hours of standby time with the screen on. More details are in this
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