Dialing Into The Wired World From Anywhere

If you like the new cordless "Net phones," just wait till next year

As Peter Nieh cruised through San Francisco in a taxi on Oct. 27, he knew the stock market was melting. Using a new breed of wireless phone that can browse Web sites, he repeatedly checked the latest damage to his portfolio. At one point, the partner in Weiss Peck & Greer LLP's venture-capital arm muttered that the Dow Jones industrial average was down 300 points. His cab driver spun around. "How can you possibly know all that?" he asked.

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