International travellers may find some of their communications frustrations eased by a new PC Card modem from 3Com. The 56Kbps device is designed to plug into any telephone system in over 250 countries without risk of damage.
The Megahertz PC Card CC1560i supports the X2 would-be standard for 56K modem technology, created by 3Com's subsidiary US Robotics.
3Com explained that users normally have to make sure their PC Card is approved by the telecomms authority in any country they are in, as an unapproved card may be incompatible with the telephone system, causing damage to the equipment or the card when plugged in. But the 3Com device is designed to filter out any such incompatibilities, and its Worldport software automatically resets the modem for any location selected from the user menu.
The card has a US price of $269 and will be available in the UK early next year.
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