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PC Card integrates cell phone

Notebooks users access the cellular network to transmit Internet, fax, and voice data without a separate cell phone.

Accessing the Internet via the analog cellular phone network is not a new idea. But a new product lets notebook users make that connection with the use of a single PC Card, obviating the need for a separate cellular phone.

GlobeWave introduced its Com.plete PC Card, which uses the cellular network to transmit Internet, fax, and voice data to and from notebook computers.

The card also provides noncellular connection. It has four default modes: cellular voice, cellular modem/fax, landline modem, and landline fax and voice.

The self-contained cellular PC Card joins similar products from Ericsson and Nokia.

Com.plete PC Card is compatible with Microsoft Windows 95, 3.1, and NT and plugs into a PCMCIA Type III slot.

The card is available now for just under $500 through GlobeWave. Widespread distribution is expected in the first quarter of 1998.