Not if it's connected to AT&T's PocketNet service. With PocketNet, road warriors can place calls, access email, and receive faxes. A well-designed menu also offers fast access to Web sites that make life on the road a little easier.
Lost in a strange city? Just power up PocketNet and hit the Net-access key. You'll find TripQuest, a Web-based application from MapQuest http://www.mapquest.com that offers door-to-door driving directions. Just type in where you are and where you want to go.
Need a restaurant? Use PocketNet to search Future Access's Internet Restaurant Guide http://www.futureaccess.com . It offers information on more than 247,000 restaurants: descriptions, directions, even abbreviated menus with prices.
Tired of missed connections at the airport? Use PocketNet to check with the services at TheTrip.com http://www.thetrip.com or Biztravel.com http://www.biztravel.com . You can make sure your flight is on time, book another flight, change your seat, or upgrade to first class - all on the Web.
Plus, you'll never pay for directory assistance again. PocketNet provides free access to Web-based directories such as WhoWhere? http://www.whowhere.com . And once you find a number, PocketNet automatically dials it for you.
AT&T's PocketNet service only works on two cell-phone models: the Mitsubishi MobileAccess 100 series, and Samsung's Duette. Both retail for $299. PocketNet service costs $29.99 per month. Contact AT&T Wireless Services (800-522-3373) or visit the Web http://www.att.com/pocketnet .
A version of this article appeared in the April/May 1998 issue of Fast Company magazine.