It may be a way to make money, but it could also change the dynamics of how tens of millions of people get information about the outside world.
Qualcomm (QCOM) announced a new PC alternative to make high-speed wireless Internet access more widely available and affordable in emerging markets. The Kayak PC alternative leverages the widespread availability of 3G wireless broadband to bring Internet connectivity to markets where wired Internet access has often been difficult to access or unaffordable. It fills the niche that exists between desktop PCs, which normally require landlines or separate accessories for connectivity, and Internet- capable wireless devices.
"The broad footprint of 3G networks means that wireless is the answer to Internet access for worldwide markets — especially in emerging regions," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies
Perhaps for QCOM, doing well means doing good.
Douglas A. McIntyre