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UPDATE: Option releases new GlobeTrotter Connect Dasboard for Windows and Mac
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 05.10.08 - 12:53:39 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 35114x
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Earlier this year I wrote about Options's GlobeTrotter Connect dasboard software which I compared to E-Plus' Online Connect software. And while I generally preferred Option's GlobeTrotter Connect, I mentioned in the article that I've missed at least one feature: Network selection: "The only feature the Option software is missing is the function to let you select the network. While this doesn't makes sense in your home country, this can be important during international roaming, for instance when one available carrier offers better rates than another". Looks like someone was listening because Option recently released an update of its GlobeTrotter Connect dasboard software which is now available in v3.0.x.

While, in the meantime, I've upgraded my Option 3G PCMCIA card from an Option GlobeTrotter Fusion Quad UMTS card to a GlobeTrotter GT MAX HSUPA HSDPA PC card already, the dashboard software staid pretty much the same and still follows the lean 2.x dasboard (it even takes less storage space now by occupying 3.57 MB only). Nevertheless, Option added some useful features like network selection, auto connect and a realtime uplink/downlink speed meter as well as a timer and indication about how much traffic was generated during the current session (on the left screenshot in the background, the old 2.x GlobeTrotter Connect; on the foreground the new 3.0.x GlobeTrotter Connect dashboard):

And while Options new GlobeTrotter Connect incorporates new features as well as updated drivers, it still stays as lean and easy to use as the previous 2.x version was like the early Windows Mobile Pocket PC version from 2003.
However, as time goes bye, Option isn't offering any Pocket PC dasboards for its GlobeTrotter cards anymore but the new GlobeTrotter Connect is now available for Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32 and 64 Bit) and Mac OS only and can be downloaded from Options support website.

Cheers ~ Arne

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