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July 17, 2000

Feature-packed WebLink pager makes e-mail fun

Call it two-way paging, call it wireless data - WebLink Wireless paging service over Motorola's small, feature-rich T900 pager is fun.

Best not to tap out e-mail while driving, but this is a convenient service during meetings. Rather than leaving to phone the office for info, a user can send a question and get the answer almost instantly.

This kind of service can raise expectations for the availability of information.

Sending e-mail between friends who may or may not be present in the meeting can also relieve boredom. We won't discuss etiquette here.

Paging skeptics, and there are many, say wireless data's future is limited because cell phones can do everything pagers can do and transmit voice calls. They may be right. But pagers still work inside buildings where many cell phones don't reach, making this a good application for today's technology.

WebLink's two-way pricing plans vary widely. The least expensive package offers 125 messages of 10 characters each with local coverage only for $119.40 a year, or $19.95 a month. The pagers, which should be competition for RIM's BlackBerry unit, run $179.95 and come in black, blue and "razberry."

Information: www.weblink wireless.com or 800-992-0837.

Jennifer Files/KRT

Display digital photos with Videochip's Wallet

The nifty Wallet made by Videochip Technologies provides a compact, portable way to display your digital photos without a computer, something like an electronic scrapbook.

You just slip in a standard CompactFlash card and see 4-inch diagonal, good-quality color images. It will show single photos or thumbnails, similar to a contact sheet, and features two slide-show modes. (A SmartMedia card for storing images can be used, too, but requires an adapter.)

The Wallet won't be easy on your wallet, however, at a manufacturer's suggested list price of $349.95. It also requires two three-volt camera batteries, which it eats quickly.

My digital photographer husband would have wanted a cleaner, more balanced frame, with no writing and the scrolling buttons removed to the side. We both looked for a way to change the contrast.

Alan Amron, chairman of Videochip, suggested cutting a stencil to cover the front of the frame for a less cluttered look and tilting the frame to change the contrast.

Besides, professionals such as my husband are not the intended market, Amron said. Rather, the Wallet is aimed at "grandmothers in Duluth."

Which brings us back to the price issue.

Amron said he thought the price would be under $300 by Christmas. So talk to Santa.

Information: www.videochip. com or 650-470-5130, Ext. 240.

Janie Paleschic/KRT

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