If your only need is for e-mail, consider the Blackberry, a wireless, hand-held unit whose sole purpose is to allow you to send and receive e-mails. You can learn about the unit on Blackberry.com. This gadget is really for the person who has to stay in (constant) e-mail contact with someone while on the road or for business reasons. Because it's wireless, you don't have to have a telephone line/modem connection; the unit is always "on" and ready to send and receive if you are in a wireless network's coverage area. Different models operate on different nationwide wireless networks, so the model you choose depends somewhat on what network has the best coverage for you. AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, and Nextel all support Blackberrys. Three models are available for purchase on Blackberry's Web site, running from $399 to $499, plus a monthly service charge of $39.95; you can purchase other models from wireless networks and at consumer-electronics stores.
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