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Sprint Announces Wireless Internet Services

Sprint Wednesday unveiled wireless Internet services for its Sprint PCS wireless telephone customers.

Dubbed Sprint PCS Wireless Web, the services will be available in late September and will have three parts, according to the company. The first is wireless Internet access using specific Sprint PCS phones. Users can either access the Internet directly with the phones or use them as wireless modems and connect them to devices such as handhelds and notebook computers.

The second service is a Web browser for Sprint PCS phones developed by Phone.com. The third element is wireless updates of personalized pages from Yahoo! This information will be transmitted via Sprint's PCS Short Messaging Service.

Sprint PCS users can add the Web services to their existing plans for an additional $9.95 a month plus connection time.

Sprint also announced it will offer three new smart phones that will work with the service and that combine telephony and handheld technology. One of the devices is Qualcomm's pdQ phone, which has a built-in version of the PalmPilot handheld. The other is the Sprint PCS NP1000 smart phone manufactured by NeoPoint and Qualcomm's pdQ phone, which has a built-in version of the PalmPilot handheld.

While these devices will work with the company's new Internet services, users of older phones may need an adapter kit for the services.



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