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NewsForge: Bringing cheap email to the masses using Linux (Linux serving the Mailstation Appliance)

Feb 06, 2002, 04:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)
"For those of you who have not seen the device, the Mailstation (also known as a Mivo 100) is an email appliance for people who do not have -- or do not want -- access to a PC. It is literally an attempt at making an email appliance that your grandmother could use. And it does a pretty good job of hitting that target.

The unit is smaller than a laptop, weighs about two pounds, and normally sells at about USD $100 for the cheaper models. The concept is simple: through this basic push-button appliance, you can send and retrieve email (without HTML, graphics, or attachments) for USD $9.95 per month.

If you have been on eBay lately or visited your local used computer parts vendor, you may have noticed there's a significant supply of refurbished Mailstations on the market. For around US $20, you can pick up one of these units. But there is a catch: CIDCO will not allow you to use its Earthlink ISP service with the unit. It's up to you to locate an ISP that is compatible with one of these babies."

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