Symbol Technologies Australia has announced the first ruggedised, GPRS-enabled Pocket PC handhelds for business and industrial applications. The PPT 2837 and PDT 8137 were developed in Australia and will be sold by Symbol Technologies globally. The devices are in the final stages of carrier certification and will operate on all three GPRS networks: Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Designed specifically for the industrial business market, the handhelds can withstand windblown dust, rain and 1.2 metre drops on concrete. Both models feature the Intel StrongARM processor operating at 206MHz and a rechargeable, extended-use lithium-ion battery. Both are fully compatible with Microsoft SDK for Pocket PCs with a Symbol API available to support barcode scanning. The products will be available through master distributor WARP Systems as well as the vendor's network of Symbol Premier Business Partners and WARP's AVAR community. The initial list price will range from $4,000 to $5,500, depending on options. The PPT 2837 is available immediately while the PDT 8137 will be available in late July.www.symbol.com/australia.