Ericsson W25 fixed cellular, and a look back


This sailor wouldn’t want to heel too far, or that monster mobile might slide and break his foot! I found this shot at Ericsson’s press site, where the box is identified as an MTD mobile phone from Svenska Radioaktiebolaget (or SRA, an Ericsson subsidiary), circa 1980. The technology has, um, evolved. What I was actually looking for was the new, and amazingly full-featured, Ericsson W25 fixed cellular. It can use either tri-band CDMA or quad-band GSM, including three fast data protocols, to connect most anywhere on earth to using whatever you can attach via two phone jacks, four Ethernet ports, and WiFi. It also features fax support, ac/dc flexibility, twin USB ports for “print server and/or mass storage”, and an external antenna option. I don’t know what it costs, and—according to Alan Spicer, where I found out about it—you can’t quite get one yet, but it certainly appears to fit into the supercellularistic heart-of-a-boat-network category.


Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Preston Calvert says:

    I have a military physician friend who lives in Honolulu, who was using a similar “luggable” radiotelephone while sailing off Waikiki every weekend in the mid 1980’s. I vividly remember one Friday evening that saw him diagnosing and initiating treatment and transfer plans for a patient in the Marshall Islands with meningitis, all via his then-amazing phone, with Diamondhead in the background. I have the same capability now in my shirt pocket.

  2. The Ericsson W25 is finally available in the US. You can get them from me.

  3. Firware update available for Ericsson W25 – many fixes to reported problems, and new features added.
    Software Release R11A
    18 August 2008
    The new firmware introduces the following:
    IPSec Termination
    L2TP (BCP) tunnelling
    DHCP Relay
    TR-069 Client (CWMP)
    To determine ‘your current software version’ log onto the W25’s web interface, click on the system tab and check the ‘Application Software’ version. Please download the Upgrade Instructions and appropriate files here: R11A Upgrade – Required Files

  4. Anonymous says:

    Another new firmware is available for the Ericsson W25. R11B Maintenance Release. It’s not a critical one… so they say only get it if you have a need. But I always upgrade firmwares whenever possible. It seems like firmwares often fix problems. I was just working on a yacht, Hayfu II – in Fort Lauderdale – and a firmware update to a Junxion Box (cellular card router) allowed a certain AT&T Cellular Card to work that wasn’t working before.

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