Nokia's Multimode Radio Card

By Matthew Peretz

February 25, 2002

Soon users will be able to roam between GPRS, HSCSD, and 802.11b networks. All with one little card.

Nokia announced last week the upcoming rollout of a type II/III PC Card that supports GPRS, HSCSD, and 802.11b Wi-Fi compliant data transmissions. The product, called the D211, is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2002.

The product is aimed at mobile users requiring multiple data connectivity options with minimal hardware clutter. The device is compatible with Win 98SE/Me/2000/XP, Windows CE 3.0 and Linux.

GPRS connectivity enables packet data transmission over cellular services, which makes payment models based on data volume transmitted possible. GPRS data rates using the D211 are expected to be approximately 40.2 Kbps and the connection is 'always on.' HSCSD, or High Speed Circuit Switched Data rates using the D211 are up to 43.2 Kbps, and the D211 is designed to transfer data at up to 11 Mbps in the 802.11b environment.

The Nokia D211 weights 51 g, is 125mm in length, and 45cc in size, and has an internal antenna. The company provided no pricing estimate.

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of

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