BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : DECEMBER 4, 2000 ISSUE
FRONTIER -- FORECAST 2001

Unplug Your Business


A Sampling of New Wireless Products and Services for 2001


Handspring's VisorPhone

WHAT IT DOES: Dials directly from address book. Conducts three-way calls. Syncs with desktop computer.

AVAILABLE: December (at www.handspring.com); Jan. 1 in stores.

PRICE: Phone, $299 when service plan is ordered. Visor PDAs, $149 and up.

DRAWBACKS: A little pricey for both phone and PDA.


Wayport

WHAT IT DOES: Accesses the Web at 11 megabits per second--faster than DSL--from an airport terminal or a hotel lobby.

AVAILABLE: Now in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin airports and in more than 170 hotels.

PRICE: Free trial period ends Dec. 31; starting Jan. 1, ten full-day connections will cost $35. Other plans to be announced.

DRAWBACKS: Access still spotty as Wayport builds out its network.


3Com's AirConnect Wireless LAN

WHAT IT DOES: Allows growing businesses to painlessly extend their local-area network. Rather than punch holes in walls and run new cable, offices add wireless hubs to the existing LAN and give AirConnect cards to new employees.

AVAILABLE: Now.

PRICE: $1,795 for a wireless hub and three modem cards.

DRAWBACKS: Requires some technical knowledge to set up.


Motorola Accompli 009 Personal Communicator

WHAT IT DOES: Reads WAP-enabled Internet sites on a color screen. Sends e-mail and voice. Synchronizes with desktop personal-information managers.

AVAILABLE: First quarter 2001.

PRICE: Less than $600.

DRAWBACKS: Not all communications carriers support this device.



Palm VIIx from Palm

WHAT IT DOES: Sends and receives e-mail. Lets you schedule meetings and organize personal records. Can call up news clips from E-trade.com, Fodor's.com, and 400 other sites.

AVAILABLE: Now.

PRICE: $449 for device, plus $10-$45 per month for Palm.net Internet service.

DRAWBACKS: Only small text messages can be sent. Can't freely browse any Internet site.



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