Xircom trade-in program encourages upgrades

Xircom trade-in program encourages upgrades

Xircom is hoping to lure buyers to its RealPort2 PC cards, announcing a trade-in program aimed at end users and corporate customers.

The program, which runs until November, is open to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

It allows customers to trade in their installed PC cards regardless of brand or vendor for cash when they buy RealPort2 Integrated Cards. The offer is available within 30 days of purchase.

The rebate is the result the success of a similar campaign last year, according to Xircom's business unit manager for Access cards in the Asia-Pacific, David Chee.

"The objective of this year's trade-in program is to assist and reward users wanting to upgrade to the latest technology," he said.

The Integrated PC cards feature built in connectors that allow users to combine 56Kbps modems, 10.100 Ethernet LAN, wireless data access and ISDN connections.

Customers can receive $25 back when they trade in a LAN, modem or combination PC card with each purchase of one new single-function PC card, or $50 if they buy two cards.

The cards are available through Computer Hardware Australia and Express Data.

Xircom's focus in wireless products was further consolidated last week with the announcement that the company has teamed with Cisco Systems in the development, marketing and sales of mobile wireless LAN (WLAN) network adapters based on the IEEE 802.11b Wireless Ethernet standard.

Xircom and Cisco will jointly develop handheld Universal Serial Bus (USB), Mini PCI, and PC Card adapters in both industry-standard and Xircom-unique form factors, including Xircom's RealPort2.

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