Your Technology Jun. 14, 1999

HAVE PHONE, WILL TRAVEL If you like the idea of a global phone but can't afford thousands of dollars for a bulky satellite model, Ericsson's new I 888 World ($299) might fit your budget, and briefcase, a little better. Using the newer GSM cellular network, the 6-oz. phone works in 48 countries, from Iceland to Indonesia, and bills international calls at $1 to $2 a minute. A built-in infrared modem lets you send e-mail wirelessly from one of the many notebook computers equipped with an infrared port. The glacial 9.6-kbps transmission rate, however, billed by the minute, can be a drag.

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