Bluetooth SD Card on Palm's European Site
The Palm Bluetooth SD Card is now listed on the company's European website. It isn't on the U.S. site yet. This is just a product description, it doesn't appear to be available for sale. This card should be out soon, though. According to Palm reps at PalmSource earlier this month, it will come out this week for $120.
Only the m500 series is listed on the Bluetooth card's product description as being supported. The i705 isn't available in Europe so it wouldn't appear on that list. The card was demonstrated at PalmSource working with the i705. However, the m125 is conspicuously absent.
The Bluetooth SD Card comes with several applications. Blueboard is an app that lets users wirelessly share a whiteboard while BlueChat lets them write instant messages to each other. Both of these have been licenced from Colligo Networks.
It will come with BtPrint from IS/Complete and a driver for the HP 995 DeskJet to let the user print to a Bluetooth-enabled printer.
One of the primary uses Palm sees for the Bluetooth SD card is it will let people wirelessly connect to their mobile phones and access the Internet from anywhere, without having to hook up wires or keep infrared ports pointed at each other. To allow this, the card comes with drivers for the Sony Ericsson T39, T68 and R520M and Nokia 6210 phones.
The card will also work with Bluetooth network access points and laptops with Bluetooth PC cards.
Expansys in the UK is taking preorders for these cards.
Bluetooth is a short-range, low-power wireless standard. Its range depends on the devices being connected and the amount of interference in the area but most devices will be limited to 30 feet. It has a maximum speed of 1 Mbps.
This card was co-developed by Palm and Toshiba.
Thanks to montyburns and Gordon Jones for the tips. -Ed
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