Palm Pilot users to become even more boring
October 7, 1999
by The Industry Standard staff
(IDG) -- And you thought the yuppies just doodling in their Palm Pilots at restaurants were insufferable. Now that the Palm VII has appeared with its national wireless Internet access, those early-adopter types are likely to spend even more time absorbed in their precious devices.
3Com has just begun selling the new device nationally, after a four-month test period in New York City. The gadget-happy business press was predictably excited.
The Palm VII is the first PDA to grant the kind of freedom to Internet access that mobile phones gave to voice communication," wrote the San Jose Mercury News' Deborah Claymon. She quoted the hyperbolic Gerry Purdy, president and CEO of the California market-research firm Mobile Insights: "I call the Palm VII the C
That hasn't stopped Amazon.com from jumping on the Palm VII bandwagon. On Monday, Amazon said it was launching a wireless e-commerce company specially created for the devices, reported CBS MarketWatch's Steve Gelsi. And 3Com is hoping to jump-start the Palm VII's ubiquity by slashing the price $100, making it $499 – cheap enough to let bitter technology reporters afford one.
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