Bright future with faster Net link.
The company, the UK's third largest mobile company, has unveiled a new credit-card sized adapter that will connect a portable to the net without the need for wires.
The pounds 299 card operates at 28.8 kilobits per second - the same speed as older fixed line modems. But it is still much faster than the 9 kilobits per second used by the current GSM mobile network.
A Nokia phone to be launched in October will provide the same service from a handset, allowing Orange to beat its three UK rivals at launching a high-speed mobile Internet service.
Orange is using a technology called high-speed circuit switched data (HSCSD) rather than the general radio service (GPRS) system favoured by the UK's other operators.
BT Cellnet has already launched a GPRS card for portables, but GPRS handsets are not expected until early next year. HSCSD requires users to dial-up, unlike the permanent GPRS connection to the Internet.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||Aug 22, 2000|
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