Smith Micro Software Inc. has introduced new features to its
software for the Mac. QuickLink Mobile lets Mac users manage connectivity between Wi-Fi and their cell phone.
Smith Micro plans to ship the new version by the end of October. Pricing and an upgrade path were not specified, but QuickLink Mobile presently costs between US$29.95 to $49.95 depending on which software and cable options you select.
The new QuickLink Mobile Mac client software adds support for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and also provides support for new wireless PC cards. “IntelliTracker” now lets IT managers track their Mac users’ network usage. IntelliTracker can be used by IT staff to report and log activity, including user, device and network statistics.
QuickLink Mobile can “sniff” your location, and will automatically switch from wireless wide area network (WWAN) to Wi-Fi support when you’re in a Hotspot. You can connect to your cell phone using Bluetooth or a USB cable — Smith Micro makes cables available. The software works with various cell phone and PC card models sold through leading carriers including Alltel, Cingular, Dobson, Sprint, Telus, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
System requirements call for a G3 or faster, Mac OS X v10.3 or later, USB, PC card slot or Bluetooth support, data-capable phone or PC card, and data connection service through a wireless provider.