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OmniSky vs. YadaYada

Fri Feb 2, 2001 - 3:27 PM EST - By Scott Hanselman

OmniSky VS. YadaYada

Nearly every Visor user has been aching for that Springboard module that will really show off the difference between their Visor and every other Palm unit out there. For some it's a GPS, for some it's an MP3 player. For me, it's always been Wireless Internet Access. We have that dream (nearly) in the Minstrel S Wireless Springboard Modem from Novatel. But there are two competing services that both use the Minstrel to offer their wares. Let's find out what the differences are between the YadaYada Service and the OmniSky Service. Please see our reviews (OmniSky,YadaYada)of these products for more in-depth coverage. Here is an at-a-glance table of the two products:



Company YadaYada OmniSky
Modem Price $299 with 6 month contract. $99 with 6 month contract (offer ends 1/31/01). $99 with one year contract. $299 with no contract
Service Price $39.95 a month unlimited $39.95 a month unlimited or $399.95 for a year (17% savings)
Dimensions 5.00" x 2.60" x 0.32"
Weight 4oz alone, 9.4oz with Platinum, 10.9oz with Prism
Max Storage 1 Meg Flash on Modem usable with FileMover Software None
Hardware buttons/lights 1 button to launch app, 3 lights - connect, activity, battery
Modem Speed 19.2 kbps
Battery life 10 hrs, rechargeable built-in lithium
System Requirements Visor Deluxe, Platinum or Prism Visor Platinum or Prism
Included Accessories Battery Charger Battery Charger, Leather Case
Included Software YadaYada AppLauncher, Yada Browse, Yada Mail, Minstrel Modem App, FileMover OmniSky Content Browser, Web Browser, PQA Support, OmniSky Mail, Minstrel Modem App, Yahoo! Messenger, ScoutSync
Extra features 1 Meg Flash Ram available, Color App Launcher Palm VII PQA Support, ScoutSync Wireless Software Update

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