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Pilot: QualComm PalmPilot Phone
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Now the Palm Pilot is a phone
By John G. Spooner, PC Week Online
September 21, 1998 11:25 AM
Qualcomm Corp. today disclosed plans to produce smart phones
based on 3Com Corp.'s Palm operating system. The San Diego-
based company, which licensed the Palm operating system from
3Com early this year, will introduce two Palm 3.0-based smart
phones, dubbed pdQ, in the first half of next year, company
The phones will be available as the pdQ 800, a dual CDMA (Code
Division Multiple Access) and analog phone, or as the pdQ 1900, a
full CDMA digital phone operating at 1,900MHz. CDMA is a digital
cellular protocol that enables users to access e-mail and the
Internet as well as make calls with a cellular phone.
The pdQ handsets will combine the attributes of Qualcomm's
CDMA phones and the PalmPilot. Using the Palm operating
system allows phones to support the PalmPilot's personal
information management applications, including an address book.
Users, for example, will be able to send wireless e-mail or store
contact information and initiate calls by tapping on address book
entries. Qualcomm has also developed several applications of its
own for the device, including pdQweb, pdQmail and the Short
Message Alert Manager.
The devices resemble Motorola Inc.'s 550 flip phones but have
phone keypads that flip down to reveal familiar PalmPilot-like
screens. Accessories for the devices include a cradle for
synchronizing data with PCs and a data cable to connect the
devices to PCs for sending faxes or e-mail.
The phones' average talk time will be about 2.5 hours (with 40
hours of standby) using a lithium-ion battery.
Pricing was not immediately available.
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