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The current status in PDA land; computer recycling services

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Trouble in PDAParadise
With a glut of PDAs of all stripes on the market and upgrade cyclesthat have slowed to a crawl, both prices and sales are down.Despite this, more very high-end and very low-end devices arecoming out. A recent report by research firm In-Stat/MDR seesrising shipments of PDAs in the future, but with one caveat: onlyif they adapt and add more enticing features. Some of the featuresentrepreneurs may find attractive include built-in Wi-Fi orBluetooth, flash memory and wireless communicationscapabilities.

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

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