Sim card specialist Gemplus claims that its latest products will allow easier PC interfaces for data input on mobile phones.
GemConnect MySIMeditor allows users to type out SMS messages on an easier PC keyboard via a USB connection.
With SMS becoming an increasingly important business communications tool, including the sending of longer multiple messages to more than one colleague, the introduction of the solution is timely.
Users can back up their contacts on the PC and synchronise their mobile e-mail with their desktop messages.
The system works by putting the phone’s Sim in a cardholder, which is then connected to the desktop PC or laptop. The solution can also automatically internationalise phone numbers and update contact books.
GemConnect is being sold via operators, and Gemplus said two European operators are about to start selling it. The company says an independent study of 200 mobile subscribers in each of three countries – the UK, Germany, and Sweden – showed that 70% thought a PC interface would be useful.
Gartner analyst Ben Wood said: “A key challenge for mobile subscribers is managing and updating contacts on their Sim – the ability to back up their phonebooks offers the added security of being able to restore their numbers if their phone is lost or stolen.”
Gemplus also sells the GemConnect MySIMcopier, a handheld device for copying phonebook and SMS data from one Sim to another – this is already sold by 30 mobile operators.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia
This was first published in May 2004