palmOne announces SD wi-fi card for Tungsten T3 and Zire 72
Posted on 18-Aug-2004 18:04
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palmOne, Inc. is at last bringing a SD wi-fi solution for a couple of its handheld models. To date, palmOne's Wi-Fi option was the Tungsten C, which comes with built-in wireless, incorporates a keyboard and a 320 x 320 transflective TFT display. palmOne says that its Wi-Fi card was developed specifically for handheld owners who want to complement the integrated Bluetooth of the Zire 72 and Tungsten T3 handhelds. Press information is not clear if both wireless technologies can be used simultaneously on the same PDA.
While Bluetooth is used to wirelessly link devices within 30 feet of each other, Wi-Fi can provide a faster wireless access to business, personal or public networks within 100-300 feet of a wireless access point. Users can think of Wi-Fi as an Ethernet replacement, while Bluetooth is a general cable replacement between peripherals and devices.
The company says the Wi-Fi card makes connecting to the Internet easy by allowing users to access a nearby Wi-Fi access point in four steps:
Insert the card into the SDIO slot of a Tungsten T3 or Zire 72 handheld.
Tap on the "Wi-Fi setup" icon on the home page.
The Wi-Fi setup application will search for available networks and display the options it finds.
The user selects the network, and the device makes the connection; secure Wi-Fi networks also can be accessed by manually entering the network name and encryption code, if necessary.
For customers requiring built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, palmOne offers the Tungsten C handheld. This powerful PDA, designed to manage data-intensive applications, .
The Wi-Fi card should be available from early September, with an estimated price of US$129.