Symbol Technologies announced plans Tuesday to integrate wireless wide area network (WAN) capabilities into its line of mobile computing devices, which include the Palm OS-based SPT 1700, the Pocket PC-based PPT 2700 and the Windows CE-based PDT 7500.
The devices -- which also promise rugged durability, ergonomic design, Internet access and barcode scanning -- target vertical markets, such as sales and service automation, government, military and health care.
Symbol devices will run on GSM networks in Europe and CDPD networks in the United States.
A PDA with wireless WAN capability is able to access the Internet wherever there is adequate network coverage. However, data rates are slower than when using a wired modem.
Research group Gartner predicted in May that WAN traffic worldwide will increase between three and five-fold before 2005. Dell recently announced it was developing a range of wireless WAN notebooks.
Graeme Wearden contributed to this report.
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