Re: Wireless Internet.

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2001 - 15:33:54 MST

Globalstar is just about bankrupt themself... defaulted on their debt this

DirecTV and Starband/Dish have two-way satellite Net access, but I don't think
it would work well in a mobile configuration. You have to carefully point
the dish to get it to work. Up to 400kb/sec speeds.

There is something called CDPD in some areas of the US that is about equivalent
to 28kb dialup. See

Palm VII has wireless data capability using an old data network operated by
Bellsouth. Also see for coverage maps. Pretty slow.

Richochet service by Metricom is in multiple cities now. 128kb speeds. See for more info.

After those you are talking about cellular modems which max out at 9.6kb if
you are lucky, and cost per minute of use.

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:
> wrote:
> >
> > I'm wondering about wireless. Either two way satellite or radio.
> >
> > What I need is something like starband for mobile applications....
> I don't know if GlobalStar satellite phones have inputs for laptop
> modems or not, but it seems to be a useful product, Don Imus has been
> hyping them on his morning program frequently.

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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