Ericsson bares its teeth

Swedish phone giant Ericsson has unveiled the first range of products featuring Bluetooth technology.

Swedish phone giant Ericsson has unveiled the first range of products featuring Bluetooth technology.

They include their first Bluetooth phone, their first GPRS phone with Bluetooth, and a Bluetooth PC Card.

The company has also given the first public trials of what it claims is the world's smallest satellite phone and has launched an AirCalendar service.

The products received their worldwide premiere at the CommunicAsia event in Singapore.

Bluetooth technology provides wireless connections between the phone and other electronic devices such as computers.

For example, if a computer is equipped with a Bluetooth PC card, data can be transferred from the mobile phone to the computer.

Ericsson says this makes them the first company to have a complete range of voice and data products using Bluetooth.

The new phones are WAP-enabled, allowing users to hook up to the Internet with their phone, sending and receiving data at high speed.

Voice recognition technology can also be used for voice dialling and answering, voice commands to use the phone's menu system and the phone can record and store voice commands in its memory.

The T36 range uses the GM frequencies and includes a model that will operate using Chinese characters.

The more advanced R520 with its GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) technology allows even faster transportation of data than regular GSM.

The phones will have their worldwide release towards the end of the year, with commercial quantities becoming available early in 2001.

The Bluetooth PC card is also set for Worldwide release by the end of the year.

At the Singapore show, Ericsson also invited people to try out its new satellite phone, which it claims is the world's smallest.

The R190 satellite phone weighs just over 200 grams and is linked to the ACeS (ASIA Cellular satellite) network.

It will be launched in Indonesia in September, and will then roll out across other Asian countries.

The AirCalendar is also billed as the first Web-based dairy application that meets new Wide Area Network Synchronisation Standards. It can be accessed from GSM, TDMA and GPRS phones.

It allows users to access their diaries wherever they are, either from a phone or from an Internet PC. It can synchronise appointments and other entries, and even give reminders to avoid double bookings and missed appointments.

Details of the products can be found at www.ericsson.com.

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