Cost breakdown of PDA e-mail optionsJan 1, 2003
|From Ocean Navigator #119 |
To the editor: I enjoyed Lawrence Husick's article in your last issue (Correspondence, Issue 118 Nov./Dec. 2001) regarding use of the iPaq and Internet solutions. I would like a breakdown of the stated $950 of the iPaq and an estimate of the cost for years he has owned the equipment.
Also, can this technology be fed into a normal laptop versus the hand-held computer? I find this a very interesting change to wireless Internet access.
Roger Ford lives aboard his PDQ36 catamaran in Baltimore, Md.
Lawrence Husick responds:
The costs break down as follows:
* Compaq iPaq 3630 $500
* Compaq PC Card Sleeve $150
* AirCard wireless modem $300
* The service, unlimited and nation-wide, costs $40 per month.
The same modem can also be used in a Windows-compatible laptop with a PC Card slot, but for some reason, which is not abundantly clear, the service becomes more expensive on a monthly basis.
Obviously, with competition, the costs will fall significantly over time for the airtime. I have already used the SprintPCS AirCard, which, while slower (14.4 Kbaud versus 19.2 Kbaud for the CDPD modem) was also free from Sprint and has a lower monthly service charge.
Lawrence Husick, a technology patent attorney, lives in Valley Forge, Penn.