Sony Ericsson has introduced the
PC300, a new Mac and PC-compatible mobile broadband access card for laptops that’s coming to market in the third calendar quarter of 2007.
Pricing wasn’t announced; Sony Ericsson said that information on price and cell phone carriers supporting the card will be offered closer to the release date.
The card downloads at speeds up to 3.6Mbps. It’s compatible with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), as well. Curiously, the PC300 fits into the PC Card expansion slot found on 15 and 17-inch PowerBook G4 systems, rather than the smaller ExpressCard/34 slot found on MacBook Pros. It supports triple-band HSDPA and UMTS service, as well as quad-band EDGE and GPRS broadband network protocols, making it function on worldwide cellular data networks. Its antenna extends from the laptop about one centimeter (0.4 inches) from the side when inserted.
The card works with Mac OS X, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.