Compaq announces tri-band iPaq mobile, voice services

Compaq Computer Corp. announced Tuesday it is working on technology that will give its iPaq handheld wireless voice and data capabilities.

Compaq is developing a tri-band GSM (global system for mobile communications) / GPRS (general packet radio service) device, which is in development and is expected to begin carrier trials soon, allowing customers to browse the Web, send e-mail, send and receive voice calls in Europe and North America, Compaq said in a statement. The service is expected to be available later this year. Compaq declined to discuss details, but confirmed that current iPaq users will be able to use the technology.

In the meantime, Compaq also announced that it has enhanced its iPaqnet Mobile Internet wireless service by adding content providers, including ABC News, Business Week, ESPN, and Yahoo Inc.'s portal. Wireless streaming audio and video is also available for iPaqnet customers using the Ricochet network and Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.1, Compaq said.

North American customers can also now access Lotus Development Corp.'s Domino messaging through the iPaq BlackBerry Wireless E-mail Solution, Compaq said. BlackBerry Exchange Server for Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange 2.1 is currently available, so iPaq BlackBerry users can synchronize with Exchange, as well as accepting and rejecting meeting notices, the company said.

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