"They're at 2 megabytes at 99 dollars. For 99 dollars we give you 16 megabytes of memory. They don't give you a modem, we give you a modem. Their screen is a 2.8 inch screen. We're a 3.8 inch screen. So it's a much bigger screen, much easier to work with, easier to read." The built in modem can connect to a variety of online services for email... but Royal has partnered to create its own service for 9.95 a month. But with Palm's brand recognition... and the tremendous amount of software available for its operating system... can Royal really make a dent?
"We believe that there is a niche for maybe a hundred and forty nine dollars and below for a product with a proprietary operating system." And Royal intends to push further into the higher end of the market with a Linux based handheld in the months to come. For now... Royal is offering new comers who don't really care which operating system they use in a handheld... a legitimate new choice. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.