Feeds

Palm to bring wireless Net to its PDAs

Well, sort of... you'll still need cables, etc.

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Palm yesterday filled out the detailed of its earlier promise to equip all of its handelds with wireless Net access by the end of the year.

The Palm Mobile Internet Kit essentially loads any Palm device with the software that already ships with the Palm VII. The Kit will contain drivers for Palm's Web clipping system, which pares down regular Web pages to make them easier to send across a wireless link and display on a Palm screen, plus email and SMS messaging apps.

Palm will also supply software that allows Palms to display WAP content - a smart move for the company's European customers. WAP is widely seen as the basis for a revolution in cellular Net access, though the tiny-screened cellphone is hardly an ideal platform for mobile data. Palms, on the other hand, are well-suited to such applications, and while Palm is unlikely to grab anything like the kind of mobile data marketshare that WAP-enabled cellphones will eventually take, supporting WAP means it will have possibly the best platform to take advantage of the technology.

And while most WAP phones will be sold to users who won't necessarily access the Net, Palm will be able to say that that's what many of its Mobile Internet Kit customers will be using it for.

Palm said the Kit will cost under $50, which strikes us as a mite mean, given users will also have to buy a wireless modem or cellphone connector, though some owners may be lucky enough to have an IR-equipped phone that's compatible with the Palm's IR port.

Given how Palm is damn keen to get its technology established as a de facto standard for wireless data, you'd have thought the company would rather give the software away to encourage its use. Certainly Palm was keen to announce some 37-odd companies will offer content specially designed for Web clippling devices.

Earlier this week, Palm said it will bring its Palm.net Internet portal service - and presumably the Palm VII - to Europe this summer. The Mobile Internet Kit is scheduled for a worldwide roll-out, so it's likely to appear alongside the Euro Palm.net launch. ®

Related Stories

Palm to support Secure Digital memory card format
Palm preps summer launch for Euro Palm.net
Sony Palm-based PDA debuts on Web
Handspring grabs quarter of US PDA market

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.