The wave of the future, where mobile computer users can get on the Internet or internal networks via a wireless connection, is quickly becoming reality.
Today, NetManage (NETM) and AT&T (T) teamed up to offer such a service. NetManage said its products are the first Windows 95 TCP/IP solutions approved for use with AT&T's wireless service.
"In the past two years, we have seen a significant increase in TCP/IP network applications and in wireless data communications," said Len Bargellini, strategic relations manager with AT&T Wireless Services.
Besides the phone companies, start-ups such as Metricom also are jumping into the market. The convenience of a wireless connection to your laptop is creating a lucrative market. The only hurdle is keeping costs down.
NetManage's product, known as ChameleonNFS/X, will be available starting October 1 for Windows 3.1x, Windows 95, and NT at $400. Chameleon HostLink will be available in mid-October on the same platforms for a list price of $400.
"To go wireless, a user only needs a cellular modem attached to the mobile computer," said Kurt Ziegler, vice president of host access products at NetManage. "With the latest version of Chameleon, customers can use the airwaves to keep in touch with their office remotely."
NetManage's stock rose sharply after the announcement. It finished the day at 9-3/8, up 1-5/16, in Nasdaq trading.