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1. OmniSky Minstrel V Wireless Modem
$149.88 $13.39 list($269.99)
2. OmniSky Minstrel S Wireless Modem
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3. Omnisky Wireless Modem Springboard

1. OmniSky Minstrel V Wireless Modem for Palm Vx
list price: $269.99
our price: $149.88
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004Y7T3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: OmniSky
Sales Rank: 20995
Average Customer Review: 3.54 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Do you wish you'd purchased a Palm VII instead of a Palm V or Vxhandheld, so you could check your e-mail on the morning commute or get thelatest sports scores while standing in line at the grocery store? If you are aPalm V user, the trim (about as thick as a Palm Vx) OmniSky Minstrel modem canhook you up to the wireless Internet--but for a price. (See Omnisky's Web site,www.omnisky.com, for details on availability.)

Setting up the Minstrel proved problematic at first. During installation, lessthan 400 KB of available flash memory (necessary for storage of the OmniSkysoftware) was detected--negative 1.5 MB of it, to be exact. But a call to theOmniSky tech support number was answered in less than 30 seconds and therepresentative explained that this problem could be worked around by manuallyinstalling the software (which he walked us through).

After that, we were duly impressed with the speed and efficiency of the wirelessmodem. It's no broadband, but it's faster than many wireless devices, and sinceit uses the CDPD digital network, most sites opened in just a second or two. Wewere able to check Olympic medal winners, grab the latest headlines, and evenchat using Yahoo Messenger from almost anywhere. (The network did bonk duringstretches through tunnels on the morning train and sometimes deep insidebuildings.)

Some Web sites wouldn't open due to frames or other design issues incompatible with the OmniSky Web clipping, while some pages (such as the college football AP poll on ESPN.com) wouldn't display properly on the Palm screen.Butfor the most part, any site we opened could be read, and many popular sites thatOmniSky has partnered with had useful features specifically formatted for thewireless network. For instance, Travelocity allowed us to check flight arrivaland departure times on the front page of the site.

If you travel extensively or otherwise need connectivity away from the home or office, the Minstrel modem and OmniSky service is a fast and efficient communication option. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Fast transmission for wireless connection
  • Thorough Internet access
  • Sleekly designed
Cons:
  • Battery can drain quickly with extensive use
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Features

  • Add wireless connectivity to your Palm handheld
  • Send and receive e-mail, access the Internet, and send faxes
  • Content from almost 1,000 sites optimized for the Palm handheld
  • Requires monthly service plan--unlimited usage plans as low as $29.99 a month (with prepaid annual plan)
  • Compatible with Palm V series handhelds

Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars Yes it works, but.....
I used this service for a year (Omnisky was giving the modems away then). What I found was that it retrieved my email OK and it let me access some web sites OK, but it was not great at either. The biggest drawback is that the Palm OS won't let you view attachments. What I ended up doing was borrowing a computer when I was on the road and accessing my email throug webmail. While that was a hassel sometimes, I didn't have to carry all the plugs and chargers etc. as well as my Palm. You see the charger for your Palm won't charge the modem. You have to carry a separate charget for it.

The perfect solution is yet to arrive (though it is close). Save your money and wait until their is a CE based PDA with continuous wireless access that also has a phone included and that has coverage all over the US. When that gets here, your investment will pay off.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Product
I have been using a Palm Device since the old Personal Palm unit. Althought I loved my Personal Palm I didn't utilize it as much as I would have liked. There are only so many address, to do, and calendar entries once person can have. If I was going to upgrade my Palm I wanted it to have more funtionality.

With this is mind I decided on the Palm Vx and the Omnisky Wirless. Once received I went ahead with the setup of my account/modem and found it to be very straight forward with no issues. I setup my outisde POP3 email account with no problems.

The performance of the wireless modem is very good, download times are pretty quick. The content of the service is good with plenty of news, weather, sports, and other usefull information. Web site viewing is best with Omnisky content partners. I have not had much luck going out to other web sites but I wasn't expecting a lot in that catergory.

Overall I think this is a great wireless unit and service plan....

1-0 out of 5 stars OMNISKY IS GONE - product useless
I purchased this product on ebay for about 10 bucks. Well,that's all it's worth these days. With Omnisky being bought by Earthlink and Earthlink stopping the service, it's completely useless. I'm surprised to see this here on Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you have specific needs
This is a useful addition to Palm V and IBM WorkPad C3 (a relabeled Palm V offered by IBM) PDAs. It's relatively low speed and has limited functionality compared to more up-to-date PDAs, especially with respect to browsing and email. On the other hand, it's the only mobile wireless solution for the Palm V family, so if you need on-the-road email that can handle attachments, or the ability to browse any web site without restrictions you either need to upgrade to a newer PDA or use this device.

I like it because it's relatively inexpensive, even with the recurring monthly charges for the associated service, and it extends the usefulness of my Palm V. I am an occasional mobile wireless user and can live with the limitations cited above and in other reviews. Note that Earthlink is now the service provider and their customer service is among the most responsive and helpful in the business. This is a quantum improvement over OmniSky.

The questions boil down to (1) Do you need wireless mobility? (2) Does Earthlink's service coverage coincide with the areas where you will be using it? (3) Can you live with the limitations, or should you either upgrade your PDA or consider one of the 3G PCS wireless plans and phones, such as the Sanyo 4900 and Sprint PCS Vision plan?

1-0 out of 5 stars OmniSky Customer Support is TERRIBLE
I had signed up for one year of OmniSky service. Because the modem download was so time consuming and the CDPD footprint was limited, I did not want to continue with my service. It was scheduled to expire in the middle of October 2001. OmniSky proactively charged the credit card I had used to originally pay for the service on October 1, 2001. They did not inform me of the charge. I was only made aware of it when I examined my credit card statement, which arrived quite a few weeks later. I contacted OmniSky Customer Support to cancel my account. I was told the full amount would go back to my credit card, and that I should monitor my statement for the credit. I specifically asked that whether the full amount would be credited back to my account, since I had not used the service and thought the situation was quite unfair. No credit appeared on my next billing statement. I contacted OmniSky again in December to remind them of the issue. After a few days, they credited my card a prorated amount, despite promising me that the FULL amount would be credited. When I contacted them a third time regarding this matter, I was told to contact the corporate offices. The corporate office phone system is automated and does not allow you to speak with a live person unless you know an extension. I contacted OmniSky support a fourth time through email and was rudely informed that they had no obligation to inform me when they charge my credit card, and they consider this matter closed and will not even acknowledged any further discussion on the matter. This interaction is representative of countless others I had to endure with this company when I experienced service issues.

I travel a great deal and thought that this would be a nice solution to stay connected. However, given the poor level of customer support, the inadequate coverage area, the shrinking number of cool applications on this platform, and the slow download times, I would highly recommend you NOT purchase this product and service. ... Read more


2. OmniSky Minstrel S Wireless Modem Springboard Module for Handspring
list price: $269.99
our price: $149.88
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000501E3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: OmniSky
Sales Rank: 20153
Average Customer Review: 2.55 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

On-the-go business professionals are constantly looking for more ways tostay connected to e-mail, incoming stock quotes, and other online informationusing their handhelds. But many connectivity options have had limitations, suchas e-mail that's received only through a proprietary service, or access to theWeb confined to partner sites. If you're a Handspring user, the OmniSky MinstrelS wireless modem Springboard module is cause for rejoicing.

You'll first need to charge the Minstrel S, which takes only about two hours (anAC adapter is included). The charge will typically last about 10 to 12 hours,and we found this was worth several days of usage during lunch and on buscommutes. While the unit charged, we set up our OmniSky service, which featuresunlimited usage time and is priced at $39.95 monthly or $399.95 for a 12-monthsubscription. We then simply slipped the Minstrel S into the Springboardexpansion slot, installed the OmniSky software onto our Visor (you'll need 1.5MB free on your Visor), and were connected almost immediately.

It's important to note that the Minstrel S requires either a Handspring VisorPlatinum or Prism. It won't work with the Visor Deluxe or the regular 2 MBversion of the Visor because the Minstrel S requires Palm OS 3.3 or above (theolder Visors run version 3.1, and you can't upgrade the OS with anything morethan patch files).

To get to the OmniSky home page, you just tap the icon in the Handspring homesection or press the lone button on the Minstrel S modem. Connection wasseamless, and downloading content from the CDPD wireless network seemed plentyfast at 19.2 Kpbs (since we were viewing mainly just text). The OmniSky homepage provided a list of information subjects with links to partners who providecontent that has been optimized for the Palm OS (they currently boast nearly1,000 sites). For instance, choosing Variety.com under Entertainment brought usa neatly organized list of the day's headlines.

It can get a little dicey when you visit sites outside of the partner list. Sitelayouts can get quite jumbled or awkwardly spread out, and you'll even seenormally hidden information, such as search meta tags. Despite the visualfunkiness, we were able to catch up on the latest UK soccer news via BBC justfine.

The strength of the OmniSky is its e-mail support, which provides connection toPOP3, AOL, and Yahoo! e-mail accounts. We easily configured the OmniSky to pickup our EarthLink and Yahoo! e-mail accounts, and we were able to set up separatein-box folders. OmniSky downloads just the first 1,000 characters of each e-mail, andthat's typically enough, though you also have the option ofdownloading the full text. (Unless you choose to delete mail from a server, thee-mail you view via OmniSky will also be downloaded by your desktop PC.)

If you're a road warrior, the OmniSky Minstrel S will send you into battle withthe necessary communication tools. You'll be able to keep up with what'shappening back in the office, as well as check in on stocks and airlineschedules quickly and without any connection headache. --Agen G.N.Schmitz

Pros:

  • E-mail support for wide range of services, including AOL
  • Good list of optimized partner content
  • Long-lasting power supply from rechargeable battery
Cons:
  • Viewing Web content outside of partner list isn't perfect
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Features

  • Wireless modem
  • Slides into Springboard expansion slot
  • Connect instantly to send and receive e-mail, access the Internet, and send faxes
  • Requires monthly service plan--unlimited usage plans as low as $29.99 a month (with prepaid annual plan)
  • Compatible with Handspring Visor Platinum, Prism, and Edge (not compatible with Handspring Visor or Visor Deluxe)

Reviews (22)

1-0 out of 5 stars NO LONGER USABLE
I just purchased this item and it arrived today (2/2/2004). I called in to activate, and according to the operator (omnisky no longer exists, it's now Earthlink which should have told me it wasn't worth the hassle to begin with) no one supports the omnisky wireless modem any longer. Just a warning to those who purchase this item... think you're getting a hot deal?? nah... just a useless paperweight worth 80 bucks...

1-0 out of 5 stars money for nothing
I've already posted a terrible review about the omnisky service; how the modem crashes the visor, how the coverage is thin even in major metro areas (like, say, New York City and Chicago). Their tech service was very responsive and they did make an effort over several weeks to get my service working better, sending me new modems, giving me different IP numbers that they said could result in better service coverage. They appeared to try all sorts of things to get my service working. They failed. When I finally said, this isn't working, I want to give up, give me my money back, they said NO, the warranty period is over. They had my money and they wanted to keep it. What's worse they wanted more and they got it.

Around a month before my one-year term was set to end, Omnisky charged my credit card for another year of service. I called and told them to take the charge off my card; that I did not want to renew. They said NO. There would be a $200 fee to cancel "early." They said I had to call them again on the exact day that my current service contract ended and cancel THEN. I asked if they could just make a note now to cancel on that day. They said NO. I had to call AGAIN. If I did not call on the exact day my current term ended I would be charged for each day that passed until I got around to calling again. By the time I did call again they had gotten me for another $16.

This is what your Visor says when you insert the Minstel modem: "Omnisky. Think it, Do it."

This is what it says to me: "Omnisky. Think it. Can't do it? Tough. We'll take your money anyway. Oh, and when you're not looking, we'll take even more money. What the heck. It's all in your contract. We have your credit card number."

4-0 out of 5 stars OmniSky in Denver
I have found the coverage in the Denver area excellent! Installation was a pain ... because the included CD was for the wrong device. Since I received it late on Friday (and tech support closes at 1800 ET) I had to root around the OmniSky web site looking for information on how to activate the unit. I found it, and it activated so no harm done. Documentation could be better!!!!

The big problem is that it crashes the visor every now and again. When this happens, you just have to do a soft reset. Okay so that's a pain. No hard resets yet.

OmniSky says it's working on a color version to be released in January 2002. Until then, the OmniSky browser is B&W. If you need color, use the Handspring Blazer browser.

All in all, I like the modem. It does have a few problems, but I'm hoping most will be fixed in upcoming software updates. Really, the only big problem is the resets.

If you're a gadget person like I am, you'll love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Dog Don't Hunt
This product is virtually worthless for the serious road warrior. The network is thin and doesn't even work in some major hub airports. Even if you find a city where the network is viable, you most certainly must stand in front of a window, or go outside to connect. I travel half of each week and quickly found that the purchase of this product, and worse, the pre-paid year of Omnisky service was a huge mistake. After a few months of use, the minstrel now sits unused in my closet. I still use my Visor as my primary PDA, but I recently purchased a discounted Palm VIIx, which I carry to get wireless email. One guy at Omnisky reminded me that the Omnisky network is faster than palm.net...I told him that anything that works (palm.net) is faster than something that doesn't. Save your money on this dog.

1-0 out of 5 stars avoid these losers
Omnisky just did not work for me at all. I have tried to use it in Chicago and New York and even if I get a connection, it doesn't last long. ... Read more


3. Omnisky Wireless Modem Springboard Module
list price: $269.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005O0L0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: OmniSky
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