Theos-World Internet Phones
May 10, 1999 02:06 PM
by M K Ramadoss
Here is something that skeptics about Internet/e-mail's usefulness in
communication of the modern world need to read.
This seem to indicate the direction in which Internet e-mail is moving and
is going to be an indispensable means of quick and cheap communication.
Of course many who grew up in pre computer era and clinging on to outmoded
snailmail may find it difficult to understand and accept.
US West offers Net phone
Baby Bell says phones will allow access
to e-mail and the Internet
May 10, 1999: 9:41 a.m. ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U S West Inc., the
Denver-based Baby Bell, said Monday it soon will
offer phones that allow customers to send email and
access the Internet without using a computer.
The new phones will target consumers who find
computers too intimidating or expensive. U S West
(USW) estimates about 50 percent of consumers have
never surfed the Internet or sent e-mail.
"With these new phones, we're going to blow open
the Internet revolution to everybody by moving e-mail
and Web access to something people are already
comfortable with -- the telephone," U S West Chief
Executive Sol Trujillo said.
The "Web Phones" operate like traditional phones,
but they also have a color screen that allows customers
to navigate the Internet just by pointing to and touching
The screen system works similarly to an automatic
teller machine at a bank. Users also can send e-mail by
typing a message on a built-in keyboard
Unlike many computers which are bulky and
impractical to move, the Web Phones work in any
standard phone jack and can be shifted around the
house as users move from the kitchen to the living
room or home office.
The wireline "Web Phones," made by Alcatel
Alsthom, will be available in the fall.
The phones cost between $300 and $400, industry
analysts said. Users can subscribe to any Internet
service provider of their choice to get access to the
World Wide Web.
In addition to the Web Phones, U S West also will
sell wireless phones that can receive, display and store
e-mail and access Internet sites offering information on
financial news, sports headlines, weather and travel
The wireless "Thin Phones," made by Qualcomm
Inc (QCOM), will be available in mid-May. Access to
the Internet through U S West's Internet service,
USWEST.net, will be available later this year.
The Thin Phones weigh about four ounces and cost
$99, U S West said.
U S West, the dominant local phone company in 14
states from Minnesota to Washington, will hold its
annual shareholders meeting Tuesday, May 11, at the
Hudson Theater in New York City. US West offers Net phone
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