It would be the equivalent of wireless on a laptop that allows you to hook up with any available wireless access point. If you were at a store or an airport or anywhere with "free Wi-Fi" you could access it and then be able to do anything requiring connectivity such as getting email or going to an Internet site. If you were somewhere that used say T-Mobile or AT&T fee based hot spots that charged folks without accounts, it would not allow you to access for free.
I use the built in Versamail to access mail from 2 POP3 email accounts and it works fine. Yes, to use web based email, you need to be connected to the Internet.
If you are at home and have access to wireless access via your Internet account, it will work there too. In other words, it can connect to any available wireless service you are in range of and can sign on to.
It also has Bluetooth built in.
Brighthand has info and forums where TX specific questions can be asked as well.
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Getting my first pda for Christmas:spin:...a palm t/x...I want one primarily for school/work references but having internet access seems like a cool feature. I am not very technologically advanced so to speak, so I am wondering if someone can explain exactly how the internet/wi-fi option works. Is it like a laptop where you have to be near a "hotspot" to utilize it? Or is it like your cell phone or home internet where you can subscribe and pay a monthly fee?
In addition to that, there is the email alert feature. If you have a web-based email versus outlook, I assume being able to access it is based on your being able to get online???
I have glanced at the website for this info and I THINK I get it but some of that lingo is beyond me.
Thanks for your help!