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New Compaq gear locates cell phones

Compaq Computer unveiled a new product Tuesday that enables U.S. carriers to pinpoint a cell phone's location. Compaq says the equipment will help carriers meet a federal requirement to locate a cell phone user in times of emergencies. Wireless carriers hope to put the same equipment to use for commercial purposes, such as providing a cell phone user with driving directions or the location of the nearest restaurant.

Compaq Computer unveiled a new product Tuesday that enables U.S. carriers to pinpoint a cell phone's location. Compaq says the equipment will help carriers meet a federal requirement to locate a cell phone user in times of emergencies.

Wireless carriers hope to put the same equipment to use for commercial purposes, such as providing a cell phone user with driving directions or the location of the nearest restaurant.