According to a promotion introduced Monday, anyone who buys a PDA (personal digital assistant) or other device that uses Microsoft's Wayport. Combined, the three wireless ISPs (Internet service providers) have about 3,500 hot spot locations--areas where Wi-Fi wireless networks deliver pay-as-you-surf Web access.will get a free month of hot spot surfing from , and
Pocket PC is Microsoft's technology framework for small devices, incorporating the Windows CE operating system. The framework is licensed to other companies to make their own handheld devices bearing the Pocket PC name.
TeleChoice, the percentage of people with PDAs using Wi-Fi networks is now "very small." PDA users suffer through a tedious process to log on to a Wi-Fi network, only to find that their battery dies after just a short surfing session.are a relatively new combination, with most hot spot users turning to their laptop computers. According to wireless analysts
Microsoft thinks the deal will help boost sales of devices that use its new mobile software, which includes a "sniffer" that automatically locates a hot spot and readies a Pocket PC to log on. Boingo Wireless unveiled a new version of its sniffer for PDAs on Monday.
"This makes it easy for (PDA users) to try the service and realize the benefits of wireless computing," Microsoft Vice President Juha Christensen said in a statement.