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It's pocket-size access to the Web

Email|Print| Text size + By Lylah M. Alphonse
Globe Staff / May 20, 2007

It's convenient to check e-mail on your cellphone, but the tiny screen, tinier keys, and abbreviated display can make for tough reading -- especially if you want to surf the Internet. The PocketSurfer by DataWind lets you check actual HTML pages, complete with graphics and java scripts. The slim, checkbook-size device is faster than cellphone Internet access; a page takes about 7 seconds to load, compared with 1-3 minutes for a cellphone. An internal antenna and backlit display make for easy access wherever you have cellphone coverage.

The device works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone on almost any cellular network, and a generously sized QWERTY keyboard makes data entry a breeze. It costs $199 , with a $9.99 per month Internet access fee, or get the PocketSurfer with lifetime unlimited Internet service provider service for $299 . Don't have a phone with Bluetooth? DataWind offers adapters for about $30.

pocketsurfer.com. 800-263-9433.

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