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WIRELESS: Audiovox GPRS CF card is available now
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 25.07.02 - 16:31:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8180x
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As I've reported on CeBIT this spring and again a few months later, the Audiovox GPRS CF card seems to be available now. At least ShoppingPDA offers it now with worldwide delivery.

With the GSM/GPRS CompactFlash card, you can instantly turn your Pocket PC or notebook computer into a wireless communication device so you can perform voice/data communication anytime and anywhere. You can not only enjoy high quality voice communication but rapid and stable GPRS Data transmission. You can finally get rid of the tiny little screen of your mobile phone and access various on-line information comfortably.


  • Tri-band Operations: EGSM 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 14.4Kbps
  • Short Message Service (SMS): MT/MO/CB
  • FAX: Group 3 / Class 2.0
  • SIM: Small 3/5V SIM card holder
  • GPRS: Class B, Multi-slot Class 8 (4 down/1 up/5 per frame), Simultaneous network registration of GSM & GPRS
  • AT Command Set: complying with GSM 07.05, 07.07 including GPRS-specific or extended commands
  • Form Factor: Type-1 extended Compact Flash Card (62.5 x 42.8 x 9 mm) 360° Turn-able Helix Antenna
  • External Headset for Audio Input / Output

System requirements

  • A Type I CompactFlash Card slot or a Type I PCMCIA (PC Card)slot and a PCMCIA-to-CompactFlash adapter card.

For Pocket PC:
A Pocket PC 2000 or 2002 with ActiveSync installed on the host system.

For PC:
A PC running Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Dialer Software
Dialer is a Pocket PC application program that is designed to work with the CompactFlash card. It provides an easy and intuitive interface to change your Pocket PC into a GSM/GPRS mobile phone.


  • Integrates the data in your Contact and you can make phone calls from your Contact entries directly
  • Provides capability that allows you to send long text messages
  • Easy management of your Phone book and Messages
  • Supports subscription-dependent call service like call barring, call divert and waiting
  • Wide range of ring tone selection. you can select any .wav file as the ring tone or message alert
  • The skin (appearance) can be changed freely according to your preference.
  • The hardware buttons on your Pocket PC can be assigned to initiate frequently performed actions.

Package Contents

  • The GSM/GPRS CompactFlash Card
  • Earphone (with remote controller)
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User Guide

ShoppingPDA ships the card worldwide for 283 US$ only. It's a pretty good price and in the range, I've already written about from CeBIT Unfortunately - after first good contacts - the German distributor doesn't responded to my questions again, so I still can not say anything about the quality of the card and how the missing additional battery (like the Pretec card has) effects the Pocket PC stand-by time. I hope to get a feedback from them anyhow.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by robert watkins on 30.07.02 - 00:00:00

No comments from anyone? Jeez, I've been waiting for a US version of a phone add-on for my ipaq for over a year now. I'm going to take the plunge and get one and let you know how it goes.


Posted by robert watkins on 30.07.02 - 00:00:00

They may not be getting too many orders because the order page bombs out.

"Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log."

Posted by robert watkins on 30.07.02 - 00:00:00

Well, a couple of hours later, the order went through. Overseas shipping was

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.07.02 - 00:00:00

@robert watkins: Thanks for all your feedback! Please keep us updated here about the progress as I'm still waiting for any review from Audiovox and its German distributor!

Posted by robert watkins on 02.08.02 - 00:00:00

I sent a note on the 30th, asking how to track the order, but got no reply. I sent a second email asking the same thing just now.

Hopefully, I'll get a response.

Posted by robert watkins on 02.08.02 - 00:00:00

I also ordered the Pocket PC 2002 upgrade from Compaq. It's on backorder, expected to be shipped mid-August sad

Posted by robert watkins on 06.08.02 - 00:00:00

What in the world is HP/Compaq thinking? They just pushed the release of the ipaq phone sleeve back 2 months. They announced over a year ago that the sleeve was soon to be available and kept pushing it back. It's now due in October. Ugh! I'm glad other options are available.

Posted by Arne Hess on 06.08.02 - 00:00:00

@robert watkins: Well, it's not as easy. The sleeve is available here in Europe since spring! As far as I know, Compaq/HP isn't allowed to sell it in the US without any operator. I don't know if it is a legal thing or FCC rules not to do this but at least CPQ/HP would be ready to ship it even in the US. And as you can see or better not see on the Audiovox site, the GPRS-CF card isn't released officially now by Audiovox in the US!

Posted by robert watkins on 12.08.02 - 00:00:00

I got a note from the US Postal Service that my card is here! I'm upgrading my ipaq to PPC2002 and will be getting service today. I'll post more later.

Posted by robert watkins on 13.08.02 - 00:00:00

Here's a cronology of the day's events

6:30am - I get into work with my newly arrived upgrade to PPC 2002 CD, ready to upgrade the original OS that came with my ipaq 3600. I haven't had any need to upgrade until now.

Gotcha #1- The upgrade failed, miserably. I replaced the parrot bootloader with the one from so that I could dual-boot my ipaq (that's a completely different story). I still had the original PocketPC OS installed, I just had a new bootloader. When the end of the upgrade process tried to call the bootloader, it failed because what it was looking for wasn't there. That wiped out the whole thing. Luckily, I had just synced my contacts and calendar, which are the most valuable pieces of data on my ipaq.

8am - Gotcha #2, I re-installed the ROM based on the instructions on and when I reset the ipaq after overwriting the linux bootloader with the parrot bootloader, I lost everything again! Even worse, it wouldn't boot. Fortunately, I did have the parrot bootloader installed

9:30am - I searched the internet to find the instructions for re-flashing the ROM with a good parrot bootloader installed.

10:30 - The instructions say that I need a working ipaq with a CF card that has no important data on it do create a backup to restore. Luckily, there are about 6 or so in the building and I found a willing guinea pig to try this out (yes, it was my CF card).

11:00 - The restore was really quick and worked like a charm. I now have 2002 installed. Now to download the latest patch, EUU 2.

1pm - install the patch and I now have an ipaq ready to install the software for the Audiovox card.

1:30pm - actually start to get some work done...

5:00pm - Get to the mall where there are vendors for AT&T and VoiceStream, the only reputable service providers in the Detroit area at this time that support GSM.

5:45pm - Selected VoiceStream. I get a package that allows 1Mb of GPRS and 50SMS (I think) messages each month. This will give me a taste of wireless web without costing an arm and a leg. I also end up getting a phone too. With the rebate, it's cheaper than buying just a SIM card for $50.

8:40pm - Finally get the boy down to sleep and open my package from Taiwan. The box is smallish, about 4"x10"x2" and the manual is in Chinese, not a good sign. Looking at the Audiovox CD, there is a manual in English, I guess I'll need to print it out to get a hard copy.

9:15pm - I've got the SIM card installed, the software installed, but no signal. I'm in my basement, so I go upstairs. I seem to get a signal, but no connection. I tinker with the "Options.." -> "Network Settings" and click the button labeled "Automatic" and VoiceStream pops up and I get confirmation of a connection! I call my wife's cell phone (a TDMA device) and it rings, a good sign. I don't talk to myself to see how it sounds, that's for tomorrow.

9:30pm - Gotcha #3 - It appears that the ipaq is required to stay 'on' to get calls. I'm not sure if this is because there is no power to the CF card when the screen is turned off. I know that the "on" button is really way to put the ipaq in sleep mode. I'm thinking my options are to get the battery upgrade as well as the battery powered CF card, but at that point, I might as well buy a PocketPC with a phone built in!

11:30pm - Time for bed. I'll work on configuring the GPRS and GSM dialup tomorrow and post more findings.

Posted by Toya on 13.04.03 - 21:28:10


Someone please tell me where in the UK I can buy a reasonably priced gsm/gprs card for my Toshiba PDA.  Alternatively can you tell me whether I will still be able to make and receive voice calls as well as browse the internet with a pretec modem card

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