Motient snatches Wavenet cradles in $5.3m deal

US wireless network operator Motient Corporation has bought Australian developer Wavenet International's Palm V wireless cradles.

In a deal worth $5.3 million, Motient will offer the cradles, expected to be available during the third quarter of 2001, over its entire US network.

Wavenet said its Dualwave wireless technology for the Palm platform cuts down on the number of devices necessary for mobile business.

The central feature of the technology is a radio modem, a device that sits between the mobile computer and the DataTAC network (the most widely available data network in North America and the Asia-Pacific region).

The cradle includes an external multifunctional serial port and an 'auto wake' function that activates a 'sleeping' Palm device when information such as e-mail or stock price alerts are transmitted.

The Australian company expects to develop wireless cradles for other handheld devices by the end of the year.

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