Software that allows users to connect mobile phones to their laptops in order to read e-mail, faxes, text messages and surf the Internet has been launched by Micro Systemation, a Swedish mobile data communications company, writes Daniel Thomas.
SoftGSM is a software GSM-modem, which means that after installation the user can connect their handset to the serial or USB port of their laptop and then use data from their mobile. It will be available for Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000 and Windows ME as well as Mac OS9.
"USB is proving to be the simplest way to connect peripherals to a computer and we have seen a huge opportunity in the mobile data market," said Johan Itzel, Micro Systemation's sales and marketing director. "Most of the top 10 notebook manufacturers now have one or more product lines that only have a USB connection."
The SoftGSM USB link is compatible with a wide range of mobile phones from Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens and Motorola.
Phones supported by SoftGSM
Nokia: 5110, 5190, 6110, 6150, 6190, 7110, 6210
Ericsson: 628, 688, 768, 788, 788e, 868, 888, T10, T18, A1018, R250PRO, T28, R310, A2618
Siemens: S25, S35, C35
Motorola: L7089, P7389, V3690, V3688