Motorola-Psion's pocket-sized Web deal

Pravin Jeyaraj

Pravin Jeyaraj

Full wireless Web browsing could be available as early as next year, but wireless services from mobile phones are not yet readily available.

Last week Motorola and Psion announced an agreement to design and develop pocket Internet terminals for use on mobile networks worldwide.

But a recent report from analyst IDC says there is a lack of supporting services. IDC has found that the industry is focusing on delivery methods, rather than what customers require. It believes this could delay European mobile market's take-up of Wap.

News of the agreement follows the launch of a BT Cellnet phone last month that uses Wap to allow users to access the Internet in menu-driven textual form.

Both Motorola and Psion anticipate the first devices will be available during the first half of 2001. A Psion spokesman says such devices will probably be a hybrid of a mobile phone and a palmtop computer and will have integrated voice and data capabilities.

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