Comments on: 33.6 PalmModem Connectivity Kit Review

For many power users, a modem is a necessary part of their handheld. Whether just doing a HotSync from the road or taking it to the next level by handling your e-mail and surfing the Web, the ability to connect directly to the Internet with your Palm without going through a desktop can make life much simpler. Palm Inc. is attempting to make this even better by introducing a new, faster clip-on PalmModem.
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I.M. Anonymous @ 10/9/2000 12:05:56 PM #
I got tired of waiting for the Palm Modem 33.6, and bought a Psion Infared modem. It is portable, and connects at 56 K. I paid $99, on sale at COMP USA. It works well connecting with my ISP, but I haven't tried a direct modem sync. No software is included, however.

The main advantage is that it uses infared, so it will work with any Palm III, V, Visor, or Windows CE.

For more info, see

Mike Grayson

RE: Modems
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/10/2000 9:30:37 AM #
I bought the Psion as well and it works great! I've used it to connect to my ISP as well as a modem sync to my desktop. Highly recommended.

RE: Modems
I.M. Anonymous @ 11/13/2000 10:35:35 AM #
Am I getting this right? A Psion IR modem which will work with Palms?

RE: Modems
Jerry @ 12/10/2000 1:03:31 PM #
I'd like your advice on which systems to buy to best acess my AOL e-mail when on the beach (literally). I'm thinking the Palm VIIx, but I'm not sure it interfaces all that well with my AOL. Would you recommend the IIIx with the Psion modem you seem to like?

A good argument for Pocket PC or Handspring

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/9/2000 3:56:18 PM #
So Palm comes out with the modem late even though they are a modem company as well (i.e. 3com and U.S. Robotics). They didn't change the size, and it doesn't work right. This is an argument for moving to Pocket PC or Visor if I ever heard one. Why? Becuase this mdoem shows the Palm trends of 1) lack of innovation, 2) poor quality control 3) little to no support. What are they doing with all the money from their IPO and selling Palms at inflationary prices? They sure aren't puting it into R&D or support. This company is a disgrace.

RE: A good argument for Pocket PC or Handspring
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/9/2000 10:33:34 PM #
I wanted to wait for the Palm Modem but got tired of the months(!) of waiting for it AFTER they posted it on their web site. I got myself a handspring and have been pretty happy so far. I did buy a modem module and use it to get e-mail etc. The advent of newer and varied modules for the Visor has me convinced I made a good choice. I did have to give my Palm IIIx to my wife to "justify" the Visor but thats how it goes sometimes....

RE: A good argument for Pocket PC or Handspring
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/10/2000 6:24:57 AM #
Think about what u said......
If Palm Inc. had an IPO (Initial Public Offering)
Thus they are no longer part of 3com OR US Robotics
So the argument that they are a modem company aswell is false and that has nothing to do with the lateness of the modem release..... I'm not saying that i like late product releases just that the fact that they originated from 3com....

RE: A good argument for Pocket PC or Handspring
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/11/2000 3:19:41 AM #
Lack of innovation? Disgrace? Argument? The market decides such things, not Microsoft. If you don't like the Palm, don't buy one.

Palm misses with this one

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/10/2000 3:12:49 PM #
It looks like Palm Computing has really missed with this item. The Pegasus III is a 56k self-contained modem which has incredibly easy setup. It easily runs from an acoustical connector, if required, which practically guarantees connectivity from any phone on the planet. There are other products which offer better speed and better documentation at much more competitive prices.

Palm Computing can't continue to believe that they control the niche for peripherals which will run on the Palm.


I.M. Anonymous @ 10/11/2000 6:41:35 PM #
I have a m100, my first handheld. Will this new modem work for me? How is it possible to Email, and surf the web-any web page? To sync, does it connect to my home pc? Is there a charge to connect wireless? Thanks.
RE: m100
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/7/2001 12:57:35 AM #
No, your m100 will not do much of anything without the $30-$50 package for e-mail and then there aren't any modems available anyhow as of yet from what I understand...that is why I went back to Staples and traded the m100 for a IIIxe...only $40 to do that!!

Sounds good

Matti @ 10/11/2000 11:37:26 PM #

Sounds good

Matti @ 10/11/2000 11:37:26 PM #


macmaverick @ 10/19/2000 9:42:54 PM #
What if Palm crammed the guts of a 56K modem into the existing shell, rewrote the manual and redistributed it? Better yet, what if an independent developer did this?

--And he said, "Ah, the Palm!"
RE: Idea
pcruthven @ 11/6/2000 4:24:15 PM #
Good idea, how about a socket for the Palm V GSM conection cables as well and it would be a purchase on my list.

A Bit Late

Ed @ 12/11/2000 12:16:52 PM #
Want to hear something funny? Palm Tech Support just sent me an e-mail with some suggestions on how to connect to my office modem. That's over two months since my last request for help on this issue and just about that long since I returned the darn thing. Oh yeah, and they blamed the problem on my office modem. Not a sterling example of good tech support.

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