GPRS Memory Stick Coming Within A Year
Infineon is showing off the GSM/GPRS Data Module, a wireless networking Memory Stick at the Wireless Japan 2002 conference. Unfortunately, details are very sketchy. According to ASCII24 (in Japanese), this GSM/GPRS module will be available outside of Japan within the next year. It is only for wireless networking so it doesn't make the Clié into a smartphone. Pricing is unknown at this time.
The GPRS Memory Stick has a slot to plug in a SIM card. This allows people to easily use a single wireless account with several different devices.
GPRS is the updated version of GSM and will allow data transfers at up to 114 Kbps, though real-world speeds will be lower. While GSM/GPRS is the dominant standard in most of the world, CDMA is what rules the roost in the U.S.
When it is released, this will be the first "all in one" wireless solution for Sony's high-end handhelds. Sony has offered the MYLO service with a wireless modem sled for the S300 and S360 for over a year but has never introduced a version for any of its high-end models.
Thanks to Mark for the tip. -Ed
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