The Palm Store is now offering Enfora’s carrying case for handhelds that gives them Wi-Fi wireless networking access.
The WP802b connects to the handheld through the HotSync port and is compatible with devices that use the Palm Universal Connector. This includes both Palm OS 4.1 and Garnet (OS 5.x) devices.
At this point, there are very few options for those wanting Wi-Fi access on their Palm-branded handheld. While SanDisk has been promising to deliver a Palm OS driver for its Wi-Fi SD card, this has been delayed for over a year. And, when it’s finally available, will only be for handhelds running Palm OS Garnet.
One of the drawbacks of Wi-Fi is that it requires so much power that it drains the handheld’s battery very quickly. The WP802b has its own 700 mAh rechargeable battery that Enfora says will run for up to 24 hours on a single charge.
Brighthand had an opportunity to test a prototype version of this case and found that it was able to connect to a Wi-Fi access port from an unusually long distance away and that it does indeed have a very good battery life.
The WP802b is available now for $169.99 from the Palm Store. MobilePlanet is currently taking pre-orders for this device.
Thanks to Palm Infocenter for the tip.