Technology & You: BULLETIN BOARD: TELECOM
Travelers who take their laptops abroad may be breaking the law whenever they plug modems into the local phone system. And while the chances of legal hassles are slight, a modem designed for U.S. phones may have problems on foreign systems.
TDK Systems (916 478-8421), best known in the U.S. for magnetic tapes and disks, offers a solution. Its V.34 Euro-Class credit-card-style fax modem offers 28,400-bit-per-second data transmissions and meets telephone system requirements in all major industrial countries. TDK expects that the modem, due out this spring, will carry a list price of about $550, $50 or so more than the North American version.BY STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM