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Globetrotter adds to the road warrior's arsenal


June 4, 2004

High-speed wireless functionality for laptops and handheld computing devices is in increasing demand as "next generation" digital networks begin to take shape in Australia. Unique Micro Design's latest GSM/GPRS Voice and Data card - the Option Globetrotter - is a robust tri-band device (meaning it can operate world wide) operating on either 5 or 3 volts supply that supports telephone calls, Internet browsing, SMS messaging and email using the "always on" functionality of GPRS.

The advantage of GPRS (General Packet Radio System) networking is that whilst a connection is always present, you only pay for the data used. Vodaphone is the first of Australia's main telecommunications carriers to provide the 'Globetrotter' with approval for its GPRS/GSM network.

The 'Globetrotter' comes with a speaker/earpiece, protective cover, a built in retractable antenna and an external antenna connection socket. The device also caters for hands free voice call operation and achieves up to 56kbs download speed.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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