Sony Ericsson has a successor to their GC85 card, aptly named the GC86. The GC86 is a 32-bit, Type II PC Card that supports frequencies in the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands for GPRS and EDGE connectivity. You’re still looking at a relatively low 247.4kbps download speed and a 123.7kbps maximum upload speed; slower when compared to other 3G data standards like EV-DO and HSDPA. Still, when you’re out and about, these speeds can get you online for e-mail and light surfing. Availability looks to be third quarter according to the press release that follows.
Sony Ericsson unveils GC86 EDGE PC Card
07 June 2006
Building upon its successful global PC Card business, Sony Ericsson today announces the quad band GC86 EDGE PC Card – a successor to the GC85 PC Card. The GC86 features an integrated antenna and offers an optimal combination of performance, design and cost effectiveness for entry level PC laptop users. It will be available globally in Q3 2006.
“We are seeing rapid growth in demand for EDGE as developing countries begin to catch up in terms of wireless data.” Said Jon Brännström, Vice President Mobile Computing EMEA & Asia “Mobility is now a fact of business life. Access to e-mail and the internet on the move is essential – it’s no longer acceptable to be disconnected when traveling. The GC86 is designed to offer an entry level solution for either Windows or Mac users.”
GC86 PC Card has a sleek integrated antenna, with minimal extension. When connected to GSM/EDGE networks, users can enjoy data speeds three times faster than GPRS, i.e. connection speeds up to 247kbps. For enhanced connectivity an optional external antenna is also available.
The Wireless Manager PC software for the GC86 is easy to install, and it takes less than a couple of minutes. The user interface is intuitive and includes new launch buttons for browsing and e-mails, an SMS application along with contacts and phone book capabilities.
High quality customer support is available globally via local language call centres.
GC86 is compatible with a wide range of common business applications including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, Netscape, CRM, SAP, Siebel and Messenger. Installation support includes customisation options that allow corporate IT managers to implement pre-loaded settings that provide one click VPN connection. Data security is assured with EDGE/GPRS encryption technology and the SIM card authenticates with the network preventing unauthorised access. GC86 is compatible with all leading VPNs, enabling secure passage through corporate firewalls.
The GC86 is a quad band EDGE Card that offers global connectivity, falling back on the GPRS/CSD network when needed.
GC86 – Features at a glance:
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications serves the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, and PC-cards. Established as a joint venture by Sony and Ericsson in 2001, with global corporate functions located in London, the company employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America. Sony Ericsson is the global title sponsor of the Women’s Tennis Association, and works with the Association to promote the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in over 80 cities during the year.
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