DataWind Unveils World’s Fastest Handheld Device, “PocketSurfer 2”

by Doug Felteau on February 12, 2007

Pocket Surfer I love it when a gadget company lives up to the hype by “eating their own dog food.” Well today on the main stage at the Canadian Pavilion at 3GSM, DataWind CEO Suneet S. Tuli presented the new PocketSurfer 2. Then he challenged the audience to see if anyone’s handheld device or PDA could download web pages faster than PocketSurfer. Mr. Tuli offered anyone that could beat the PocketSurfer a free device; however, the PocketSurfer held strong with its claim of the fastest speed of any handheld Internet device.

Tuli went on to speak about the forthcoming UK launch of PocketSurfer this spring, which will feature the unprecedented offer of FREE wireless internet service included with every PocketSurfer sold in the UK. This valuable offer, especially when the UK has yet to see a value-for-money unlimited data plan, is made possible by DataWind’s high-speed delivery platform that can reduce pages up to 1/30th of their original size, reducing network load and therefore costs. Apart from the end-user perspective, PocketSurfer also offers mobile operators, for the very first time, the ability to increase and earn new ARPU without charging subscriber fees. Conventionally it is the other way around.

The Geeks love it when a demo goes awry, but we love it even more when a new product works as described in a real world test. We like the look of this new device BUT the product name has a bit to be desired…

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BARCELONA, Spain (3GSM World Congress) – February 12, 2007 – DataWind Net Access Corporation, “DataWind,” a leading provider of wireless web access products and services, today unveiled the new version of PocketSurferâ„¢, the World’s fastest handheld Internet device. PocketSurferâ„¢ is an ultra thin, sleek mobile device, the first of its kind to actually deliver the full power and original graphic intensity of the desktop web, rapidly and wirelessly – to the palm of your hand. PocketSurferâ„¢ “just works” – no more caveats restricting your productivity on any web site or application.

PocketSurfer™ downloads web pages at the speedy rate of 7-9 seconds per page, the fastest way to view the web on any cellular network. PocketSurfer™ is the only handheld Internet device in its size category able to render web pages in their original layout, with full graphic functionality. The second version of this groundbreaking device improves upon the original PocketSurfer™ in a number of ways; firstly the form factor has been improved for a thinner, sleeker device that meets the design esthetic of today’s modern cell phones and devices, and second, it now has a backlight on the full QWERTY keyboard from the original model. Most importantly, the PocketSurfer™ now has a fully-integrated cellular radio-modem to deliver those blistering speeds independently, wherever the user happens to be.

Today on the main stage at the Canadian Pavilion at 3GSM, DataWind CEO Suneet S. Tuli presented the new PocketSurfer™ 2 to an audience of international press and analysts. Mr. Tuli then challenged the audience to see if anyone’s handheld device or PDA could download web pages faster than PocketSurfer™ – anyone that managed to beat PocketSurfer™ would have received a free device. However, as expected, PocketSurfer™ held strong with its claim of the fastest speed of any handheld Internet device!

Mr. Tuli also spoke about the forthcoming UK launch of PocketSurfer™ this spring, which will feature the unprecedented offer of FREE wireless internet service included with every PocketSurfer™, sold in the UK. This valuable offer, especially when the UK has yet to see a value-for-money unlimited data plan, is made possible by DataWind’s high-speed delivery platform that can reduce pages up to 1/30th of their original size, reducing network load and therefore costs. Apart from the end-user perspective, PocketSurfer™ also offers mobile operators, for the very first time, the ability to increase and earn new ARPU without charging subscriber fees. Conventionally it is the other way around.

On the launch of PocketSurfer™ Version 2 in Barcelona, Suneet S. Tuli, CEO of DataWind, commented: “With PocketSurfer™, mobile users can surf the Internet anytime, anyplace and enjoy the same rich media graphics and browser functionality of the desktop experience! This device is going to revolutionize the way we work, play, communicate and fully leverage the web wirelessly.”

DataWind will be exhibiting PocketSurferâ„¢ at their stand at 3GSM in Barcelona February 12 – 15. Please stop by and visit them in Stand 2.1C58, Hall 2-1 (Canadian Pavilion) If your PDA or handheld downloads web pages faster than PocketSurferâ„¢, you will win a free PocketSurferâ„¢ on the spot!

DataWind is a leading provider of wireless web access products and services. Based on several international patents, DataWind’s breakthrough technologies solve the bandwidth limitations of cellular networks by accelerating content delivery by factors of 10X to 30X. The DataWind PocketSurfer™ Web Viewer is the first product to deliver the experience of the desktop Internet efficiently to a mobile cellular customer. DataWind is based in Montreal, Canada. For more information please visit: www.datawind.com