Ericsson and Nokia will both release PC Cards that are enabled for GPRS connectivity in the next couple of months.
Ericsson will release the GC75 card modem in May and Nokia has its multi-mode card, the D211, also available from May. The D211 also includes wireless LAN access via 802.11b. Prices have yet to be set for either product.
The Nokia D211 runs at speeds up to 40.2kbit/s in GPRS mode or 11Mbit/s in 802.11b mode while the Ericsson GC75 is reportedly capable of 57.6kbit/s over GPRS.
Both products will be on display at CeBIT in Hannover in Germany starting next week.
Vodafone is testing both cards, along with two others from new names, Sierra Wireless and Novatel. Pricing has yet to be finalised, but Vodafone's general manager of business marketing Todd McLeay, expects the cards to be comparable with handset pricing.
Telecom already has a similar product on the market for its CDMA network. The DotSurfer 1x from US-based GTRAN Wireless offers 14.4kbit/s speeds at the moment but will be able to offer full speed on the CDMA 1x network when it goes live later this year. Speeds of up to 153kbit/s have been reported for the 1x network.