There’s a petition drive going on that hopes to persuade HP to start supporting the iPAQ Wireless Pack again.
This is an add-on accessory for some iPAQ Models that allowed these Pocket PCs to access GSM/GPRS wireless networks.
The iPAQ Wireless Pack was designed to clip onto the back of devices like the h3000 series. However, HP has not released the driver necessary for this expansion pack to be used with handhelds running Windows Mobile 2003. This leaves users of Older Handhelds having to either keep using Pocket PC 2002 or give up what was a very expensive peripheral. In addition, a driver for the latest version of this operating system would allow it to be used with the h5000 series.
It’s more than a case of the driver being delayed. HP has released a statement saying that “At this time the Wireless Expansion Pack is at the end of its lifecycle and as a result platforms after the 3xxx series will not support the Wireless Expansion Pack.”
Kevin Fong isn’t taking this lying down. He’s organized a petition drive to convince HP to to continue development and support of the Wireless Pack. On his web site is a way to sign the petition, view the signatures of those who have already signed it, and discuss the issue. Mr. Fong intends to submit the signatures to HP on March 19.
This isn’t iPAQ users’ only option for making their handheld into a mobile phone. Convergent Technology sells a CompactFlash GSM/GPRS card, for example. Also, HP is expected to release in the coming months the iPAQ h6300 series, which will include built-in cellular-wireless capabilities.