Sprint and Palm in Wireless Alliance
Sprint PCS and Palm, Inc. have just announced an agreement that will give Palm devices access to Sprint's all-digital voice and data CDMA network. They also plan to offer a co-branded version of the MyPalm portal. Additionally, this deal will allow enterprise customers to access their corporate e-mail, sales tool applications and corporate directories as part of the Sprint PCS Wireless Web for Business suite and Palm's wireless enterprise solutions.
Update: Data and voice use will be billed identically. Users will be charged a fee for a certain amount of airtime to use for either making calls or accessing data. All airtime beyond that will be charged on a minute-by-minute basis.
"As we aim to provide customers with effective Internet and other mission-critical information while on the go, wireless connectivity and location-based services are priorities for Palm," said Carl Yankowski, Palm CEO. "This relationship will ensure that our customers have a reliable option to wirelessly access the MyPalm portal, e-mail and other applications to get the information they want when they need it. It will help mobile professionals to further maximize the functionality and mobility of their Palm handhelds using the all-digital Sprint PCS CDMA network."
Sprint PCS and Palm will work together to help the Palm OS development community to build CDMA wireless solutions. Applications and hardware devices that use the Sprint PCS wireless network will be introduced throughout 2001.
Initially, the two will offer hardware and software that will allow customers to connect their Palm handhelds to a Sprint PCS Internet-ready Phone. The kit will include a data cable, a Palm handheld adapter, a CD-ROM, and a user's guide. It is expected to be available through Sprint PCS and online at The Palm Store in early 2001. Sprint also intends to distribute Palm OS based smartphones in the first half of 2001. A CDMA wireless modem for Palm handhelds is expected to be available mid-year in 2001.
Sprint PCS operates the largest 1005 digital, 100 percent PCS, voice and data nationwide wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint PCS has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 270 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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