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Interest in Wireless Laptops and Handhelds is Booming

You only have to see where the phone industry has gone in the last five years to see where computers are heading.  Computers and phones are becoming more and more like each other, and that means, you can cut the cord.

Smaller, more portable, fewer wires to tie you down; computers are heading the way cell phones have gone in recent years - towards convergence and convenience.  "It's something that, you know, is a very personal possession and so I think people are really beginning to think of it as somethign they can't live without," says Ann Lewnes of the Intel Corporation.
    
Handheld computers or PDA's (personal digital assistants) are growing in popularity by the day. In fact, now, you can buy PDA's that are cell-phones too and vice versa.  That kind of wireless access leads to wireless web browsing, and wireless e-mailing from virtually anywhere, although it's more readily available and less expensive in major  metro areas right now.  

If you're still more comfortable with a regular-size keyboard, but want the convenience of wireless computing, a laptop may be your best solution. And wireless access available for laptops too, making it very popular for commuting businessmen, professionals who need a computer in the field, and most anyone in higher education, who needs a computer where they study.

"These days, anything can be wireless. All of your digital devices:  your computer, your hand-held PC, your cellular phone, your camera, your printer, just cut the cords," says Robin Raskin of USA Today.

 Hand-helds will cost you anywhere in the area of  $200-600, but you can't get a wireless PDA for less than $500, and that doesn't include the wireless service.

Laptops run from $800 to 3 or 4-thousand dollars depending on how well-equipped it is, but you can buy one that rivals the speed and power of most desktops today for about $1200.

Experts say 30-million laptops will be sold in the US this year.  Wireless computer access is available in the Heartland already, but most cell phone companies can provide services like e-mail, instant chat, and even web-browsing as an "extra" with your cell-phone service these days. 

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