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16.4. Wireless Web: Clipper

Almost everyone expresses initial disappointment to learn that the Palm VII cannot, in fact, surf the Web wirelessly. You can't write in any old web address and jump to the corresponding web site. (For that purpose, you'll need a standard Palm modem, wireless modem, or Qualcomm pdQ SmartPhone, plus a web browser like ProxiWeb, as described in Chapter 14.)

The reason: downloading full web pages is slow, clunky, and unsatisfying on the tiny Palm screen, violating every principle that made the PalmPilot a success. (The built-in wireless transmitter runs at only 8Kbps per second; the standard desktop modem runs seven times faster.) More to the point, web surfing would be massively expensive; downloading a single web page can involve the transfer of 100KB or more—an unforgivable expenditure when your limit is 50KB per month.


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