McCaw, IBM Agree to Link Communications and PCradio
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) _ A new, notebook-sized IBM computer designed to travel to remote locations will be linked with McCaw Cellular Communications Inc.’s telephone network under a joint marketing agreement announced Tuesday.
McCaw said it would provide cellular service for purchasers of the IBM PCradio, which is expected to hit the retail market before the end of this year.
PCradio operates off batteries and allows the user to hook up with IBM host computers from remote locations. With it, service technicians could get technical repair information or update customer information, police officers could check crime information and sales representatives could check product inventories and delivery status.
″The introduction and advancement of data transmission via cellular will revolutionize our industry,″ said Nicolas Kauser, chief technologist for McCaw. McCaw Cellular is the nation’s leading cellular telephone company, with ownership positions in more than 100 cities across the country.
McCaw operates major regional systems in California, Florida, Texas, the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Rocky Mountain states, providing service primarily under the name Cellular One.
LIN Broadcasting, of which McCaw owns 52 percent, has significant interests in cellular systems in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston.