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15.1. Paging

Talk about technology convergence: thanks to a collaboration of 3Com (who makes the PalmPilot), Motorola (who makes beepers), and PageMart (who sells pager subscriptions), your PalmPilot can also serve as a beeper. You've got one less gadget to clip to your belt.

The concept is simple enough: for $170, you get the Synapse Pager Card, a replacement for the memory card in any Pilot, PalmPilot, or early WorkPad model; just slide off the plastic cover for this card (on the back of the PalmPilot), pull out the existing memory card, and slide in your new, pager-enhanced card. As a bonus, the replacement card has two megabytes of memory, doubling or quadrupling the memory of all Pilot and PalmPilot models. You also get a replacement door for this memory-card slot—a door that bulges out slightly to accommodate the bulkier electronics on the card itself. Unfortunately, the pager card isn't available for the Palm III or later models, and rules out the possibility of adding infrared to your older palmtop.


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