Motorola Inc’s Information Services Group has announced three new 56Kbps modems in its Surfer series, aimed at the consumer and the office user, claiming that they will bring multimedia to the Internet. At $260, the 56K Modem Surfer Internet has been primarily designed for the home user who wants to download information from the Internet. The Voice Surfer Home Office is an external modem priced at $290 which has an automated answer machine and voicemail system, aimed at small or home-based offices, as is the Voice Surfer Internal Modem, which slots inside the user’s personal computer, priced at $260. The speed enhancements will only be effective if the modem or the Internet service provider that the user is communicating with is 56Kbps- compatible. Motorola is anticipating a total elimination of the 28.8Kps and 33.6Kbps modems in the future. At the moment the new modems are only available for personal computers, and the company has said that a Mac version is expected in around six to eight weeks. Motorola’s Information systems Group retail marketing manager Theresa Noonan says that the company has focused on greater interoperability and reliability and it has reduced the digital-to-analog conversion associated with modems, enabling a higher quality line transaction. Motorola says it will be providing an upgrade service known as Tidal Wave for its existing lower-speed customers.