Sprint Touts Wireless Web Offerings

Sprint Corp. yesterday unveiled a trio of wireless products for Web access and content. The offerings, slated for availability next month, include a scaled-down Web browser, access to Sprint's national wireless digital network, and a content feed from Yahoo Inc.

For the Web browser, Sprint has licensed both Phone.com's browser and the Phone.com UP.Link Server software, which translates Web content for presentation on PCS phones. While the Phone.com Web browser works only with Sprint's NP1000 and Touchpoint phones, the rest of the new offerings are targeted at all Sprint PCS customers, and form part of the Sprint PCS Wireless Web product line.

The Sprint PCS Wireless Web Connection, which is part of the company's PCS Clear Wireless Workplace line, lets PCS customers use Sprint PCS phones in place of modems to connect their mobile systems to intranet and Internet data sources, according to company officials in Kansas City, Missouri.

Connection speed will initially top out at 14.4K bits per second (bps), but that should suffice to handle the mostly text-based and simple graphical content traversing the network, according to John Yuzdepski, Sprint PCS vice president of product management and development.

The US$199.99 Sprint PCS Wireless Web Connection Kit comprises cable, user guide, and Sprint PCS Dialer software.

Sprint is also offering content tailored for delivery to Sprint PCS phones through a non-exclusive agreement with Yahoo. Subscribers will specify areas of interest through a Web registration process and Yahoo content in those areas will be pushed to their PCS phones, according to company officials.

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