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Trouble in PDA Paradise

With a glut of PDAs of all stripes on the market and upgrade cycles that have slowed to a crawl, both prices and sales are down. Despite this, more very high-end and very low-end devices are coming out. A recent report by research firm In-Stat/MDR sees rising shipments of PDAs in the future, but with one caveat: only if they adapt and add more enticing features. Some of the features entrepreneurs may find attractive include built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, flash memory and wireless communications capabilities.

A good example is the Palm Tungsten W, which offers wireless data services and a built-in keyboard for about $550 (street). Entrepreneurs desiring only basic PDA functionality for themselves and their employees can find appealingly low prices right now for stripped-down Palm and PocketPC devices.

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