World first: Swisscom launches ScreenPad for mobile surfing and e-mailing
14 December 2000
Swisscom Mobile has chosen Ericsson to supply its UMTS equipment, and a multi-year contract has been signed to this effect. The contract includes a complete offer covering all the required equipment and services. Over the coming years, Swisscom Mobile will invest in total more than a billion francs in the construction of a UMTS network in Switzerland, which will provide additional capacity for new services from 2002, in particular in mobile data communication.
Anyone who is used to surfing through cyberspace in the office, or sending e-mails to loved ones from their desk, can now do all these things from the convenience of their bedroom, couch, patio or garden.
This high-tech innovation, roughly the size of an A4 page, features a brilliant, high-quality screen (8.4´´ SVGA, TFT touchscreen; 800 x 600 pixel resolution; 16-bit colour). With rapid Internet (homepage) access - no need to log on or dial in - a mere touch of the button is all that is needed to access the specially designed user-friendly interface/navigator. This is all possible thanks to a powerful processor (Intel®StrongARM SA -1110 ®Processor, 200 Mhz), Windows® CE operating system and ample memory (16 MB Flash, 32 MB RAM). Set-up is simple: connect the base station to the ISDN access, log the ScreenPad onto the base station - and you have an instant cordless solution. The base station - the high-end system Top E514ISDN - is barely the size of a paper-back book and is ideal for wall-mounting. It is also possible to extend the system by adding on telephone handsets.
This world first offers many advantages such as surfing the Internet and sending e-mails any time while on the move. The user-friendly touchscreen is operated using a stylus; text is entered via the pop-up screen keypad or the easy-to-use handwriting recognition program. With a variety of interfaces, for transferring data via PC, GSM mobile or printer, innumerable Internet browser functions and features, plus a host of software programs (E-Mail Client: POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, supports JPEG, BMP, XBM, animated GIF images, WAV, PDF, Pocket Word, PDF Viewer, Pocket Paint and much more), this powerful little device has multiple uses: among other things, for quickly creating sketches using the graphics program and then mailing them. The integrated lithium ion battery provides approximately two hours operating time and around ten days standby time.
The ScreenPad Top WP50@ISDN is a high-end device that promises to set the trend. It meets the highest demands in terms of mobility and user-friendliness and is at the cutting edge when it comes to high-tech communication. The world´s first 300 ScreenPads are to be launched by Swisscom on 16 December 2000, and will be available exclusively in Swisscom Shops.