Korean hotels offer wireless PDA tour guides

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Korean hotels offer wireless PDA tour guides By Adam Creed, Newsbytes. January 01, 2002 Visitors to Seoul, South Korea may soon find themselves touring the capital’s sights and attractions with the assistance of a handy wireless-capable personal digital assistant (PDA). Korea’s largest cellular phone network operator, SK Telecom, has begun offering the tour guide PDAs and wireless service to hotels in Seoul. The “Tour PDA” can be loaned by hotels to tourists, and links visitors to content in English and Japanese, according to SK Telecom. Content includes local transportation, shopping and business information, as well as discount coupons and translations. The PDA – based on Compaq’s I-Paq terminal – can also provide voice and e-mail communications via an internal wireless modem connected to a CDMA2000 1x network, SK Telecom said. The Korean carrier is touting the service in the lead-up to next year’s World Cup football tournament and the Asian Games, which should see a large influx of tourists into Korea. SK Telecom said the Tour PDA service has already been introduced at the Westin Chosun Hotel, and will be offered to other hotels, airports and travel agencies. Rental charges are 20,000 won ($15.29) per day, with call rates pegged at 300 won per minute ($0.23). Exchange Rate: $1 = 1,298.2 won Reported By Newsbytes.com, http://www.newsbytes.com.



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