<<<Amazon planned to announce Monday it will become one of the first e-commerce companies to sell its products through new wireless devices. The move is timed to coincide with this week's nationwide release of 3Com Corp.'s new Palm VII, a hand-held computer that will provide wireless Internet access to allow users to read e-mail, shop and browse popular Web sites.
"Last week, we announced our new zSHOPS, which was about anything. This is about anywhere," said Warren Adams, an Amazon executive who lead the 'Amazon Anywhere' initiative. "Now our customers can have their shopping mall in their pockets instead of having to be at their desktop."
However, the Palm VII is a bit pricey. It will cost $499 under a $100 price cut effective Monday. And users must sign up for Palm's Internet service provider Palm.net, which costs about $10 a month. Heavy users of the service would pay more � as much as $100 a month.
The Palm VII reformats Web pages to fit the smaller screen using a technology known as Web clipping that limits the content somewhat. Still, Web sites as diverse as the sports site ESPN.com, Moviefone.com, package deliver United Parcel Service and the online brokerage ETrade Group Inc. have signed on to provide content to the new Palm organizers.
Amazon's application on the Palm VII also will allow people to check on the status of auction items, although they will not be able to bid in the first version. zSHOPS also will not be available in the first version.>>>
Is AMZN selling stock or books? Why does an AMZN exec say, "Now our customers can have their shopping mall in their pockets instead of having to be at their desktop." Did he not know that people could not bid on the auctions and won't have access to zSHOPS? So I guess if you are out on the golf course and suddenly need to buy a book, you can have that option for only $500 up front and $10 to $100 per month.