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Palm Advocates Use of Bluetooth Through Partnership with Sony Ericsson

CNET News.com also reported on the announcement of a strategic alliance between Palm and Sony Ericsson to advance the use of Bluetooth personal networking technology as a means of making stand-alone mobile phones and PDAs work together.

Bluetooth is a wireless networking technology meant to provide seemless connectivity between a small number of devices operating within 30 feet of each other. Sony Ericsson is a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson to produce mobile phones that provide multimedia capabilities.

This announcement is interesting because it shows a radically different approach to how PDAs should connect to the Internet. If you have never seen a Bluetooth-enabled phone providing Internet connectivity to a PDA or laptop, you probably cannot imagine the possibilities that widespread Bluetooth deployment would provide to people on-the-go. This would not satisfy people who are interested in carrying a single device, but Bluetooth is probably something people would nevertheless want in their mobile devices if they knew of its capabilities.

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