Agencies are getting a grip on handhelds

Agencies are getting a grip on handhelds

Fewer government employees are buying their own handheld computers, and more agencies are issuing handhelds to support enterprise applications, Palm Inc. president Carl J. Yankowski said.

Last week, the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command signed a blanket purchasing agreement with the Santa Clara, Calif., company to provide wireless service on Palm VII devices for Navy personnel. The contract is available to all federal agencies, Palm officials said.

The company modified its payment plan so that agencies can buy multiple accounts with purchase orders. Usually, Palm requires individual credit cards that it can bill monthly. SPAWAR will place orders for service and equipment on behalf of other agencies.

'T.R. Temin

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