Ericsson has released its first dual band mobile phone with infrared connection to satisfy the demand for increased PC and palmtop connectivity.
The SH 888, which is expected to retail for around #179 when it hits the shelves this month, includes an integral PC card that will directly connect it to PCs, notebooks and palmtops. The infrared port provides a convenient link without the need for an array of cables and connectors.
Keith Westcott, managing director of Ericsson, spoke exclusively to VNU Newswire. ?Consumers are demanding greater data access for both work and leisure,? he said. ?They want internet access on the move from their portable computers and pocket PCs.?
The SH 888 is wireless compatible with Ericsson?s MC 16 mobile companion, any Windows CE 2.0 palmtop with an IRDA infrared port, Psion 5 and Palm 3. As well as email, data and fax capabilities, the SH 888 has a conference call feature which allows discussion with up to five people at the same time. If users are worried about phone bills, the SH 888 shows the call?s cost on the phone display.
This is Ericsson?s first dual band mobile phone which lets it roam between GSM900 and GSM1800 networks. As GSM grows in popularity, it is claimed dual band capability will help users avoid network congestion.
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