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Chapter 9. Wireless Services > Mobile Internet Access, Messaging Services and B...

Mobile Internet Access, Messaging Services and Bluetooth

Currently, short messaging is the most popular data application for cellular devices. A device capable of accessing a cellular network is referred to as a Mobile System (MS) or a Mobile Subscriber Unit (MSU). Cellular service can be accessed by a multitude of devices including two-way email pagers, personal digital assistants and Palm computers as well as voice-only devices. In surveys, consumers have expressed little interest in mobile Internet access. Those offered by the major carriers have not gained a great deal of acceptance. However, carriers and application developers are moving ahead with new services that they believe will gain more acceptance, particularly from the business community, on higher speed data networks they are implementing. They are hoping to generate additional revenues from these services.

Data-enabled wireless devices provide the means for users to access computer data and Internet information from remote locations. Wireless ISPs such as GoAmerica have agreements with cellular carriers to connect the carriers' subscribers to the Internet via GoAmerica. In addition, GoAmerica also has an agreement with RIM, which manufactures the Blackberry device, to embed the GoAmerica browser on Blackberry devices.


  

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