Motient Debuts Always-On Wireless Modem for Palm V Series
Motient has released the MobileModem for the Palm V series, which allows always-on wireless email access. The modem can wake the handheld up whenever an email is received and has a built-in vibrating alert. It is available at an introductory price of $180 when purchased with an annual unlimited service contract at $50 a month. Regular price is $280. Motient also offers a "starter" airtime plan for $20 for 150 KB a month, which it says is enough for about 25 average length emails daily.
Currently the MobileModem only handles email but plans are in the works to offer Web browsing soon.
Users of the MobileModem can be wirelessly connected to all of the popular messaging platforms including Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, and Novell Groupwise.
"With the MobileModem you can send and receive encrypted email, and soon the ability to access the mobile Internet and obtain a variety of enterprise applications all in the palm of your hand," said Peter B. Belman, vice president of marketing and brand management for Motient.
The current version works with the Palm V, Vx, and IBM WorkPad c3. Motient is also working on versions for other handhelds. It is demonstrating a prototype of the Palm m500 series version at the CES now and hopes to have it on the market by mid-year. The company is also investigating developing versions for Handspring and Sony handhelds. It chose to start with a V series version because its research showed there are about six million of those in use.
The MobileModem weighs 5.5 ounces and has its own built-in battery. It comes with the Smart-Sync cable that simultaneously recharges both the modem and the handheld and also HotSyncs with the desktop PC.
Motient is the owner and operator of America's largest two-way wireless data network and provides service to the Blackberry pager as well. It offers service in the 500 largest cities and all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Last Fall, Motient commissioned a research survey targeting more than 5,000 registered business and consumer PDA users across the United States. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents rated the ability to have always-on wireless two-way email as first on their 'wish list' for future services or applications not currently offered on most handhelds.
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