Until recently, wireless was viewed as a step
back in performance compared to dialing up to the Internet. Speeds
ranged from 9600 to 19200 bits per second, however now with Ricochet
you can go much faster!
Ricochet Offers High Speed Wireless
Big News! On Monday November 13, Metricom
announced that its Ricochet wireless network would support PC card
connections to their new 128 Kbps wireless service in 21 major cities
in the United States. This
PC card modem from Sierra Wireless called
the AirCard 400 will allow iPAQ Pocket PC users with PC card jackets
to connect to the Internet service providers
Go America. This solution is expected to be
available during the first quarter of 2001.
This high speed wireless connection feels
faster than 56 Kbps dial-up modem connection. Since you are connected
all the time through this service you can use it to pickup e-mail and
surf the Web wherever you are without worrying about additional
charges. I hope that the monthly price will be less than the existing
128 Kbps service which is approximately U.S. $75.00.
Figure 1: iPAQ Pocket PC with Sierra AirCard 400 Connected to
Enfora PocketSpider Offers CDPD Support
Enfora (formerly known as Nextcell) is
demonstrating their new PocketSpider CompactFlash CDPD modem. CDPD
(Cellular Digital Packet Data) is a nationwide standard for wireless
service in the U.S. Transmissions speeds for CDPD at this writing
operate at 19,200 bits per second. Since it is CompactFlash™ type I
you can use Pocket Spider in any Pocket PC with a CompactFlash slot.
The PocketSpider has a built-in battery so it will not drain your
Pocket PCs battery while you use it. The battery is designed to last 8
hours. The PocketSpider will be available at the end of November from
Figure 2: Casio E-125 with Enfora PocketSpider connected to the
Novatel Wireless Minstrel 540
Hewlett Packard and Novatel Wireless worked
together to crate their Minstrel 540, which supports the CDPD
standard. The Minstrel 540 has its own battery so that you won’t drain
your Pocket PCs while you surf the ‘Net. This solution leaves your
CompactFlash slot available for other uses while you browse the
Internet. HP has announced service with
GoAmerica with pricing of the unit at U.S.
$349.00 and U.S. $39.95 per month for wireless service.
Figure 3: A sample of the wireless hardware solutions supported
on the Pocket PC:
The availability of these new wireless
solutions greatly expands your options in the Pocket PC support for
various wireless standards and transmission speeds -- from CDMA, GSM,
and IEEE 802.11B to CDPD, and now the high speed Ricochet network.
With all of these options you have the widest variety to choose from
in wireless of any PDA on the market.