NEW YORK, June 27, 2000 — A convenient integrated wireless solution for Windows-powered Pocket PCs is on the way. Microsoft and Aether Systems, Inc., today announced the launch of Aether’s Enterprise ISP service for Pocket PCs, a single point of purchase plan for businesses to get what they need — device, modem and service — in one place.
“Pocket PCs have been wireless-ready from day one when combined with data-capable cell phones, yet many customers have asked us for an integrated wireless solution with service — something to make wireless easier,” said Ben Waldman, vice president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft.
The service, scheduled to be available in fall, will be targeted to businesses interested in providing any time, any place information access to their employees and key customers. For $39.99 a month, businesses will have unlimited real-time, full-color wireless access to the Internet, e-mail and company-specific content. Aether will manage all integration, fulfillment and customer service from a one-stop wireless center.
Recently, TD Waterhouse Group, Inc., committed to deploying wireless Pocket PCs using the Enterprise ISP service. The online financial services firm will provide its customers with cutting-edge access to their investment accounts using new Pocket PC devices.
“A key factor in our selection of Pocket PC was the industry standard, secure Pocket Internet Explorer browser that enabled us to provide our customers with a mobile experience similar to that on their desktop,” said Frank J Petrilli, TD Waterhouse President and COO.
Microsoft Pocket PC is wireless-ready, and enables a more robust user experience using advanced Web-browsing capabilities that allows a user to take full advantage of the Internet with the ability to view any Web site online and offline.
Initially, the wireless Enterprise ISP service will use the Compaq iPaq Pocket PC and the Sierra Wireless AirCard 300. Microsoft also expects wireless solutions for devices from other hardware partners such as Hewlett-Packard, Symbol and Casio.