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The Wireless Web

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, August 17, 1999

The Wireless Web. Sprint PCS pushes the net into your pocket. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Sprint PCS isn't the first company to bring web content onto a wireless phone, but new partnerships with Yahoo and a company called Phone.com, make its new Wireless Web service better than anything else out there. Sprint PCS President Andrew Sukawaty...

"From the phone now, you can actually access Internet data on Yahoo's site and if you go onto your desktop and you set up a My Yahoo page, you can actually have stuff pushed to your phone. So I could have the weather, three stock quotes a day. Whatever I choose, I could have actually appear on the display of my mobile telephone. I can be updated."

The service will work with a variety of digital phones, but a new four hundred dollar Smartphone from a company called NeoPoint will link to your desktop computer to synchronize contact information. Or you can link it to your notebook computer and voila!... .you have a wireless modem...

"You plug it into your laptop PC or your portable PC and now you can transmit data, like you could from any other phone line, when you're on the move."

Pricing on top of existing voice service starts at ten dollars a month. Sixty dollars buys you 300 combined voice and data minutes a month. There are pricier plans for heavy users. You can find more information on the web at sprintpcs.com