WebLink Shows Palm OS 5 Messaging Device
WebLink Wireless has announced at the CTIA show that it will carry the HuneTec H500 Palm OS 5 device on its ReFLEX wireless network. PalmSource licensed the Palm OS to Korean Korean wireless communication devices manufacturer Hunetec in January. The H500 is aimed at the enterprise market as an advanced 2way messaging device.
At this time very little is known about the Hunetec H500 device. We do know that is a monochrome Palm OS 5 device. It will have 8MB of memory and an expansion slot, though the format is not specified.
Designed as a messaging device, it features an integrated QWERTY thumb keyboard. It also has ReFLEX 25 wireless technology built in. The device will be priced in the mid $200's USD. You can click on the image on the right for a larger picture.
"WebLink is excited to bring affordable 2way paging devices with sleek new designs to market. ReFLEX device offerings have been limited and more expensive in the past," said Noel Gouldin, vice president of products and services at WebLink Wireless. "Over the past year, we have successfully teamed with our OEMs in order to develop innovative products with attributes and price points that meet the needs of our business customers."
ReFLEX 25 technology offers exceptional coverage, higher signal strength and in-building penetration, providing enterprises with "always on" access to important emails and company information. The network has the largest high-powered terrestrial footprint in the United States, with roaming partners in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
According to a recent Yankee Group survey, the functions most desired on a mobile device are access to corporate data, contact information, email and calendar functions. The new business- focused ReFLEX devices will feature a variety of functions such as full PDA capabilities, synching, secure wireless communications between work groups as well as encrypted access to company email and corporate data.
WebLink expects to release the device sometime in the beginning the second quarter of 2003. Availibility, firm pricing and service rates for the device are not known.
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