HP’s On Again Off Again PDA Phone, Back On

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HP’s attitude when it comes to an integrated PDA phone has been hard to understand. They went so far as to produce a few test models over a year ago; then went cold after the Compaq merger. At CES they told us a clamshell was in the works, then a few months later said they didn’t think the market was there. Here they go again…

According to Mobile Commerce World, “Hewlett-Packard has revealed it is planning to introduce a handheld PDA that would combine the features of WiFi and Bluetooth with the convenience of a mobile phone.” They go on to report that the new devices are being designed in Houston and will go on the market at some point in 2004.

There’s not much more in the report, but anecdotal evidence such as this continues to surface regarding HP’s efforts.

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