Palo Alto, Calif.-based OmniSky, which is best known for offering wireless service on Palm handhelds, started offering service in November for Hewlett-Packard's Jornada handheld. The Jornada, like the iPaq, uses Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system--the main rival to Palm's operating system.
OmniSky is offering unlimited Internet service to iPaq owners for $54.95 a month for those who sign a one-year contract and $59.95 per month without a one-year commitment. That is significantly higher than the $29.95 to $39.95 OmniSky charges Jornada and Palm owners. The company attributes this difference to its initial research showing that iPaq owners tend to log on more.
"They are viewing it more as a laptop replacement," said Kristine Stebbins, OmniSky's vice president of marketing.
GoAmerica and Metricom already offer wireless service for the iPaq.
OmniSky, which offers Internet service for handheld owners using a variety of modems and Internet service providers, has been testing its iPaq service with 600 customers since January.
The company is also offering a bundle of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 300 modem and a year of OmniSky service for $599--which is actually cheaper than a year of service purchased separately. A second bundle includes the iPaq add-on expansion sleeve with the modem and year of service for $699.
Separately, the company announced Tuesday that it has inked deals with Extended Systems and AlterEgo to expand customers' access to their corporate e-mail and intranets. Palm is in the process of acquiring Extended Systems.
OmniSky also plans to begin testing service for Casio's Cassiopeia E-125 handheld and is working to develop a service plan for Palm's new m500 series of handhelds, Stebbins said.