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CNET News.com: Wireless Net access niche heats up

Feb 25, 2000, 18:41 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Swedish phone maker Ericsson showed off a range of new cell phones and accessories, including new modules which can add wireless connectivity to regular household appliances and industrial machinery. ... Lending credibility to the trend, investment bank Lehman Brothers today raised its estimate of wireless data penetration from 25 percent of U.S. cell-phone subscribers to 50 percent by 2007."

"Ericsson unveiled its cordless Screen Phone HS210, a new device featuring Bluetooth wireless communication technology, Internet and email access. The device, which runs on the Linux operating system, features a color touch screen and speakerphone and is intended as the centerpiece of a digitally networked home, the company said."

"The company also showed off accessories for its phones, including MP3 digital music players, hands-free attachments and a miniature keyboard, called the Chatboard. These devices, along with some concept prototypes including a smartcard reader and camera attachments, are the company's latest move to integrate all manner of digital consumer technology into its phones."

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