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Nokia launches multimode radio card

Nokia has introduced a multimode radio card that will allow users to access General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) networks and...

Nokia has introduced a multimode radio card that will allow users to access General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) networks and wireless LANs using their laptops and handheld devices.

Unveiled at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, on 20 January, the D211 card gives "always on" Internet access within GPRS, High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD) and wireless LAN coverage areas. It is also compatible with some GPRS and wireless LAN-based Virtual Private Networks, Nokia said.

The card works with devices using Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, XP, Windows CE 3.0 and Linux operating systems and needs a type II or III PC card slot and a sufficient power supply.

Data transmission rates are up to 40.2Kbits per second over GPRS, 43.2Kbps using HSCSD and 11Mbps on a wireless LAN network. The card's network interface is IEEE802.11b WiFi compliant, Nokia said

The 52-gram, 125-millimetre long D211 card will be available in the second quarter of this year, Nokia said.

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