Re: [NTLK] PCMCIA Modem Card?

From: Don Zahniser <>
Date: Fri Aug 08 2008 - 04:57:49 EDT

On Aug 6, 2008, at 4:55 PM, Steve wrote:

> As a USA resident, I am currently locked into AT&T for my cellular/
> wireless
> service. I was thinking about getting a PCMCIA modem card to use to
> get onto
> the internet, maybe as a FAX, possibly send SMS. (1) I don't know
> which
> piece of hardware will work in 2008 and (2) which apps will work
> with what.
> AT&T offers me

Hi, Steve -

I don't have any definitive information on these specific cards, but
in general, if you want to have any hope of using a card in your
Newton, it must be a 16-bit PCMCIA card, not a 32-bit Cardbus card.
I took a quick look at an AT&T site:


and found the cards you list. My comments:

> Sierra Wireless AirCard 881

Looks like a Cardbus card, based on the gold strip where it inserts
into the socket.

> Sierra Wireless AirCard 875

Looks like a Cardbus card...

> Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U

This is a USB interface device.

> Option GT Ultra Express

This is an ExpressCard device, which will only fit the newest laptops/
devices with an ExpressCard slot.

Now, that same page shows an Option GT Ultra PC Card, which from the
illustration _looks_ like a 16-bit PCMCIA card.

Then there's the question of whether there are existing Newton
drivers that will work with the card...

  - Don

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