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GPRS Pocket PCs for business applications

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SYMBOL Technologies has announced the world’s first ruggedised, GPRS-enabled Pocket PC handhelds for business and industrial applications.

The Australian-developed product will be sold by Symbol Technologies globally.

The products are in the final stages of carrier certification and will operate on all three GPRS networks (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone). This means users will not be locked into a particular carrier for their industrial voice and data requirements.

GPRS sends data in self-contained packets making it an ideal medium for interactive, real-time data applications. The user is not charged for waiting time like a circuit-switched data call and can therefore be connected all the time.

The user is only billed for the amount of data sent or received in these packets.

Both GPRS Pocket PC handhelds combine ruggedisation with Wide Area Network (WAN) capabilities. The handhelds are IP54 certified and can withstand windblown dust, rain and 1.2 metre drops to concrete.

WAN capabilities for data are on GPRS, GSM and SMS with GSM for WAN voice.

The PPT 2837 is a streamlined pen-based configuration while the PDT 8137, also pen-based, offers multiple keyboard options. Both feature the Intel StrongARM processor operating at 206MHz, and a rechargeable, extended-use lithium-ion battery.

Both are fully compatible with Microsoft SDK for Pocket PCs with a Symbol API available to support barcode scanning. Integrated miniature scan engine, conveniently placed scan triggers and ergonomic design enable simple one-handed data capture.

High resolution VGA display with responsive touch-screen and backlit keyboard further enhance ease-of-use.

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