New Zealand will have to wait for the launch of the Freestyle WinCE palm-sized PC by Everex because sole agent Fisher & Paykel has stopped distributing it.
Kent Geeng, Everex vice-president of international operations, says he was taken by surprise by the news, which has left California-based Everex looking for a new distributor. Geeng expects to announce a new distributor by the end of July. He would not confirm whether he is talking to Tech Pacific, although Everex has just signed with Tech Pacific in Australia.
The Freestyle, the first Windows CE palm PC to ship in the US, will compete head on with 3Com's Palm III (distributed here by Insite Technology), which uses a proprietary operating system.
Geeng says the Freestyle, with 4Mb of RAM, is expected to cost around $799 including GST, whereas the Palm III, with 2Mb of RAM, has an RRP of $829 ex GST.
As well as Everex products, Fisher & Paykel holds agencies for Panasonic and Lucent Technology.
F&P corporate affairs manager Richard Blundell says F&P is handing back the Panasonic agency to its Japanese owner, Matsushita Electronics, on October 1.
Fisher & Paykel is in discussions with Lucent on the future of its products. Computerworld understands Lucent is intending to open an office in New Zealand.