Metricom is a internet service provider which is curently building its "foot print" in the USA.
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About (Taken directly from there web site)
Ricochet offers mobile professionals an easy to use, always-on, reliable mobile access solution
that keeps you connected to your customers, the Internet, the office and mission-critical
information at a flat rate price. It's reliable broadband access without the wires. With Ricochet,
you get full access to information at 128 kbps - true mobile freedom for the first time.
Freedom to Work When and Where You Choose.
Stay connected anywhere in coverage areas, without a phone line. The service works indoors
and out, and can even connect when traveling at speeds up to 70 miles per hour-while taking a
taxi, on a commuter train home, or other mass transit. Ricochet gives you the flexibility to work
efficiently out of the office, to add balance to your work and home life.
High-Speed, High-Performance Connectivity.
Regardless of whether you are searching the Internet, responding to an urgent e-mail, or simply
accessing company information, speed and performance are everything. With most mobile users,
the faster the better because high-performance means working with information effectively. With
speeds of 128 kbps, Ricochet is more than six times faster than any other service available to the
mobile user. For example, alternatives such as Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) offer mobility,
but they are slower at speeds of 9.6 kbps to 14.4 kbps.
Reliability You Can Count On.
The Ricochet network uses Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology to ensure reliable
connectivity every time -without dropped connections or busy signals. As with Cellular
alternatives, if lines are continually being dropped, or if there's difficulty gaining access to
information -mobile access does not provide value. Ricochet gives you the reliability you can
And like most users, to truly take advantage of mobile access, it needs to be available wherever
mobile professionals are likely to work. Today, Ricochet is available at 128 kbps in the following
major metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles,
Minneapolis St. Paul, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area and San
Diego and 15 airports nationwide. These areas join the Washington DC and Seattle 28.8 kbps
service areas, allowing Ricochet users to take advantage of the freedom of wireless mobility on
a nationwide basis.
Recognizing that secure access to information is just as important for mobile access as it is at the
office, Ricochet was designed to provide the highest level of security. Our patented mesh
architecture allows for efficient, secure transfer of data, and fast access to a variety of
individual, enterprise, national, and international networks. The network architecture uses
Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum technology designed by the military. That means it is
virtually impossible to intercept or tamper with data transmissions sent or received by you.
Ease of Use/Compatibility
Get Productive, Fast.
The Ricochet wireless modem operates in much the same way as a phone modem. Simply plug
the modem into a PC laptop; it uses the existing software, automatically dials the appropriate
number, and immediately delivers high-speed mobile access. It is 100 percent Internet Protocol (IP)
compatible-making it the perfect solution for enterprise applications. Further, this easy to use
solution doesn't require additional middleware to get you connected.
Predictable, Set Billing. With No Surprises.
Ricochet offers unlimited usage for a flat monthly rate. That means you have access to the
Ricochet network 24 hours a day for the same low predictable price - no worries about
complicated billing options with per kilobyte or per minute charges.
Order Ricochet Now
Convenient. Cost effective. Easy to use. Secure, reliable and fast. Very fast. Ricochet is a
flexible, economical, and reliable mobile information access solution.
You simply select an Ricochet Authorized Service Provider and the Ricochet modem that
works best for you. Weighing in at less than a pound, these sleekly designed modems give you
the freedom and flexibility to connect whenever and wherever you need access to information.
That advantage is bound to make your life more balanced and more productive. But best of all,
Ricochet gives you the power to break free from the confines of the office.
For more information, visit our Technology and Network Overview.
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