It’s like your cell phone, only better. It’s your regular, everyday pager — on steroids. The newest wave of communications devices not only keep you in touch via Ma Bell, they also plug you into the Internet. This means you can access your e-trade account from your mobile phone or read news headlines on the display window of your pager.

Wireless pagers, phones and other gadgets access the Internet through a variety of systems, but they all have one thing in common: Like the IPS you subscribe to for your PC, you’ll need to pay a network access fee. Most plans require a monthly payment, and some also tack on an activation fee.

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