The Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 does pretty much what you would guess judging by the name – it allows you to send and receive instant message without a computer. It supports the major IM services that you might want to use, including AOL< Yahoo and MSN. It also has a MyTunez media player that can access internet radio or plays music stored on a miniSD card. It's available for $149.99 and comes with some solid credentials - it won the Best of Show award for portable gear at the 2007 DigitalLife. The obvious market for this is for houses with only one computer and a heavy IM user or two that hog that machine. The appeal would be limited for some because you could do the same things and more on any number of phones, but then this device doesn't need a service plan and comes with a manageable price tag.
Verizon Wireless is joining the GPS party already attended by Sprint/Nextel, with the launch of its new GPS VZ Navigator service. Verizon has teamed up with Networks in Motion, making use of the company’s AtlasBook software. Using cell phone towers to triangulate your approximate position, your phone then connects to GPS satellites for more precise […]