CHEVALIER Telepoint is exploring the market potential for a CT2 transmitter in Apple Powerbooks. ''We want to know how well this product would be received here in Hong Kong,'' said Neil Montefiore, managing director of Telepoint. ''Generally, there is interest in mobile datacoms but they usually have to find a niche in an application's specific market.'' The product has already been widely used in France. Apple designed the product, with the snappy moniker of the BeBop, to go with its laptop (known in France as the PowerBop) for France Telecom, which runs an extensive CT2 network. France Telecom has already ordered several thousand units from Apple. According to Mr Montefiore, the purchase makes sense due to the large number of on-line data services already on offer from France Telecom. BeBop is simply a conventional Apple Powerbook with a Motorola CT2 circuit board installed into the computer's chassis. A small fold-out plastic aerial is fitted to the unit's side. Apple has not said whether it will launch the product in Hong Kong. ''It was fairly natural for Apple to offer us this product because Hong Kong is one of the few places outside France with a comprehensive CT2 network,'' said Mr Montefiore. He envisaged that, in Hong Kong, people would transmit pre-written information as a fax or E-mail. Chevalier Telepoint offers a pager service with the CT2 handset. If someone wanted to contact a CT2 user, they would call up an automatic system, leave a phone number and wait for the LED on the pager to pass on the caller's number. ''We're considering another automatic service which would be useful for a BeBop user,'' he said. ''Instead of leaving a number, you could leave a fax and, whenever the subscriber wanted, he could access the fax mailbox and download it to the computer. ''But we still come back to the same question. Are there enough people on the move that want to send, or receive, faxes?'' He said there may be a substantial market for application-specific communications. ''People who need short, sharp exchanges, collecting faxes or dumping data into a computer would find the system useful,'' he said. ''It's unlikely to be as popular with people who want to interrogate a remote database at length.'' Another area where Chevalier considers the unit could be useful is in the wireless office. While sales of office base stations have been disappointing for CT2 suppliers, Mr Montefiore said their future could be enhanced with the BeBop. Using the office CT2 base station system would mean a Powerbook could send data to other users in the office and not be limited to a single desk. ''Whether we are going to run with this product will depend on the response it gets,'' said Mr Montefiore. ''We're also considering other kinds CT2 applications, such as a car alarm which could remotely alert the police or the owner and then be tracked over a certain distance.''