PocketSurfer2 catches free GPRS web waves

Lacking 3G doesn’t seem to have hurt the iPhone, so DataWind has all its body parts crossed in the hope that it won’t hurt the prospects o

Lacking 3G doesn’t seem to have hurt the iPhone, so DataWind has all its body parts crossed in the hope that it won’t hurt the prospects of its PocketSurfer2 (pictured) either.Similar in function to Nokia’s N800 internet tablet, PocketSurfer2 shuns both Wi-Fi and 3G in favour of GPRS – that iPhone-revived internet solution that we thought died out years ago.Despite the relatively aged tech, the eggheads at DataWind claim to have some superhuman compression in place to speed up loading times to a max of seven seconds, even with gloriously graphics heavy sites like Stuff.tv. All pages are displayed in their full HTML glory on the 640x240 widescreen and a backlit full QWERTY keyboard should make email and leaving wall comments on Facebook easy.Like the N800, it’s purely for browsing and can’t make calls but it can download PDFs and does pack GPS location info.Those of us in the office with deep pockets but unusually short arms particularly like the fact that it’s completely free to use for up to 20 hours a month. While pricing plans for real hardcore users are yet to be announced it sounds like the perfect web pal for those of us a bit too stingy to splash out on an iPhone.Essentials DataWind PocketSurfer2 Price: £180 On sale: 16 August Contact: DataWind Related stories: Review: Nokia N800 BlackBerry 8820 bears Wi-Fi fruit Nokia N800 gets Skyped