The maker of the Sound Blaster, Creative Technology
, will turn its
attention to the Internet at the PC Expo trade show in New York this week
with the announcement of a Plug-and-Play modem that can transmit data at
The modem will come bundled with an extensive software package to make
Internet access easier for beginners for an estimated price of $129.
Several other companies already offer a 33.6-kpbs modem, but Creative is
betting that its dominance of the sound card market will help it capture
attention in this high end of the modem market.
Internet Blaster will come with the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, Netspeak Webphone Internet phone, the SoftQuad HotMetal Light Web authoring
software, and fax software from CompuServe's SpryNet will be bundled
as well. Create is also offering to host 5MB of space on a Web server if
Blaster users want to create their own home pages.
Creative says the Internet Blaster will be available at retail outlets
by the end of June.
Users stay stuck in Net