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Bright future with faster Net link.

Orange has launched a new higher speed mobile Internet service for portable computers.

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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