3Com will launch its first wireless Palmpilot on Monday, according to sources, to enable consumers to hook up to the Internet nomatter where they are, although they will not be able to make phone calls.
The Palmpilot VII, which was announced six months ago, has been in pilot for several months, but because it uses a Bell South wireless data network, it will only be available initially in the US. The offering will cost about $599 and will ship in New York and outlying areas first, but customers will be able to use it anywhere in the US.
The new device uses a technique called "Web clipping" to reformat Internet pages to fit on its screen, but will also come with its own content, including sports cores, movie schedules and stock market quotes. The service is expected to cost around $10 a month for a basic package.
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