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<p>Melbourne, 4 March 2005: Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited Information Systems Division (ISD), market leader in mobile computing, has announced it will offer 3’s NetConnect Card to increase mobility for notebook customers.</p>
<p>Toshiba customers simply insert 3’s NetConnect Card into the PCMCI slots of their notebook for immediate high-speed wireless internet connectivity in 3’s Video Zones (available in most areas throughout Australian capital cities and the Gold Coast).</p>
<p>The NetConnect Card transfers IP packet data with download speeds of up to 384kbps on 3’s network (within 3’s Video Zones*). This is roughly six times faster than remote access dial up# and nine times faster than typical GPRS mobile data.</p>
<p>Toshiba ISD and 3 expect particular demand from mobile workers and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), such as real estate agents, sales consultants, and financial planners, looking for an affordable and easy wireless broadband option.</p>
<p>Mark Whittard, general manager: Australia and New Zealand, Toshiba ISD said, “Toshiba customers now have another option for wireless connectivity, enabling them to more efficiently and productively use their time whilst out of the office. With the availability of easy-to-use, high-speed mobile internet solutions, such as the NetConnect Card flexible working is set to be the preferred mode of working amongst SMEs.”</p>
<p>Hutchison’s 3 NetConnect cards are now available through Toshiba Authorised Resellers. Please contact Toshiba on 13 30 70 or www.isd.toshiba.com.au for further information.</p>
<p>* Download speeds of up to 384kbps are attainable in 3's Video Zone and download speeds of up to 40kbps are attainable in 3’s Messaging Zone.
# Comparison is with 56 kbps dial-up modem</p>
Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis. With notebook market share of 24.3% (according to IDC’s Q3 2003 figures), Toshiba ISD is comfortably the Australian market share market leader.
Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.
Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.
Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>
<p>3 is the only network in Australia to bring you live video calling which lets you chat face to face with 3 users whether they’re across town or on the other side of the world+.
In 3’s Video Zones you'll be the one who can make video calls, experience high-speed email, catch the latest video news updates at a bus stop, watch sports video highlights of the 3 Test Series cricket in a taxi, get score updates of the English Premier League at a train station, or watch movie trailers in a supermarket queue. You can even shoot videos and email them to your friends, have your emails read to you and play video games.
And of course, with Talk & SMS covering 92% of Australia’s population you can also do all the regular things like make voice calls and send SMS.
+Video calling, information services and some messaging services only available in 3’s Video Zone located in most parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth. International video calling available to customers of 3 networks who are in their video coverage areas.</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:</p>
Caroline Hendra or Linda Vo
Ph: 02 8281 3810
Ph: (02) 9964-4268