SanDisk has pushed back for another week the release of its highly-anticipated Wi-Fi SD card for Pocket PCs. It has been delayed so it can be bundled with additional software.
The company has had difficulties during the development process which have delayed the release several times. This accessory was originally going to be available in March but the release date has slipped steadily over the past few months.
Today, a SanDisk spokesperson said the debut of his company’s Wi-Fi SD card has been pushed back so it can be bundled with a trial version of Bitstream’s ThunderHawk. This is a web browser for the Pocket PC that offers landscape support and compresses fonts and images to fit more of web pages onto the handheld’s screen. The ThunderHawk service is $5.95 per month or $49.95 per year.
This card will fit in the handheld’s SD slot and allow it to access Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networks. It will work with both Windows Mobile 2003 and Pocket PC 2002 models, depending on the availability of drivers.
SanDisk’s Wi-Fi SD card for Pocket PCs is expected to cost $129 when it becomes available August 23.
The company is also working on drivers to allow this card to be used with Palm OS devices. At this time, it predicts that it will have Palm OS 4.1 support in October and Palm OS 5.x support in November.
SanDisk is also developing an even more anticipated product: an SD card that will combine Wi-Fi and 256 MB of memory in one. The release for this has been bumped back to some time in the fourth quarter of this year. There are expected to be both Palm OS and Pocket PC versions.