Palm gets strategic about wireless

Internet connectivity is now available on the Palm product range, but don't expect a wireless-connected, Palm-branded product in Australia in the foreseeable future.

Stephen McDonnell, systems development engineer, Asia-Pacific region for Palm, said: "We have no timeframe to develop a Palm product that will always be connected. We are happy to work with and support our partners with this sort of expertise, rather than develop our own."

Peter May, senior business development manager, wireless Internet access for Palm, said the company's whole vision and main strategy is to move to wireless access.

"We are working to get wireless access through partnerships with the likes of Motorola, with whom we are presently developing a 'smart phone', and with other third parties for add- ons for the Palm V."

But for the moment, Palm is concentrating on providing wireless access to its existing range. Users are now able to access Internet and Web content, e-mail, SMS (GSM short messaging service) and WAP (Wireless Application Protocol), through the Palm Mobile Internet Kit.

The software will be available in Australia from December 1 and can be used with all Palm products supporting or upgradable to the Palm OS 3.5 platform. The device can be connected with a compatible GSM mobile phone via infrared (IR) communication, a cable or a Palm-compatible modem.

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