Web To Go Sort Of

Today's Net phones are O.K. for e-mail, but surfing is a chore

Surf on the go. That's the promise of the compact, wireless Web phones that started hitting the market in September. But that promise is far from being fulfilled. When you use these phones, be prepared for lost signals, frequent low-battery warnings, limited content, and a far-from-speedy pace of getting information. Still, wireless Web phones can be handy in a pinch when you have to have a stock quote after hours or need to receive an urgent e-mail while you're in transit.

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