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Desktop in My Pocket Mobile Phone and PDA Rolled Into One? (Part 1/2)
December 2000
By Daniel Cheung 


Mobile phones with powerful computing functions - soon the streets will be populated with mobile phones that act more like computers than simply communication devices. Here, we tell you the latest development in the convergence of cell phone with PDA technology.
Although the technology is definitely there, the promise of a merge between cell phones and PDAs is being stifled by competition.  The industry leaders planning to merge the two technologies are the PDA manufacturers - they understand that this is the way forward in the foreseeable future.  The trouble is that none of them want to be left behind, and are creating a confusing myriad of hardware and software options.

Latest Developments and Products
 
We feel that the best way to show you the trends of cell phone / PDA convergence is to show the latest news in the topic.  
So here they are:
Palm Palm V Snap-On Attachment for Mobile Phone Calls
Palm V Snap-On Attachment

In September, Palm also announced that one of its hardware developers, RealVision, a Hong Kong company, has created a snap-on attachment - complete with an earphone jack - that allows users to make phone calls, as well as access the wireless Web. The GSM attachment works primarily with the Palm V series of devices. The product will be available in Asia and Europe in early 2001 for less than $299, but isn't expected to be immediately released in the United States.
 

Palm and Motorola Co-developing Smart Mobile Phones
Palm Inc. and Motorola Inc.have agreed to co-develop and co-brand a new line of smart mobile phones.  The two companies plan to develop a phone by early 2002 that combines Palm's operating system (Palm OS) with Motorola's wireless technology. The new device will feature a color-display screen that is larger than most cell-phone displays, and include Palm's address book and calendar features, as well as the ability to surf the Web. It will also be able to connect wirelessly or through a cradle to a computer to synchronize information, the companies said.

Handspring
Handspring VisorPhone
Launched in September, the Handspring VisorPhone is an external module that meshes cellular phone features into Visor, the company's personal digital assistant. However, it is still doubtful whether the VisorPhone will be a true step forward or merely a clumsy tumble on the way to true convergence. 

The Handspring VisorPhone is a PDA with mobile phone capabilities.
At the very least, the VisorPhone will ease the pain of having to enter phone numbers into more than one device. Besides integrating the Visor's address book directly with a cell phone, the VisorPhone boasts conference-calling capabilities, caller ID, speed dial and missed-call identification. It will come with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, travel charger and a hands-free headset jack. However, these modules will also lengthen the Visor by a half-inch and increase its weight three ounces, or 50%. It will be heavier than either a cell phone or a personal digital assistant (PDA).

The VisorPhone will cost $299, and it may not reach the market until year's end, and then only through Handspring's web site. It will work on GSM (the main platform for Australia's mobile phone networks), not on any other system such as TDMA, CDMA or PCS.

 


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