America Online, Inc. (NYSE: AOL), the world's leading interactive services company, and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a worldwide leading provider of integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions, today announced plans to develop a co-branded AOL/Motorola wireless TimePort(tm) P935 personal interactive communicator (PIC), as a part of the new AOL Mobile Messenger service.
This service will provide consumers with wireless access to popular AOL communications services, such as AOL e-mail and AOL Instant Messenger(TM) .
Motorola and America Online have targeted delivery of this service for the second half of 2000, pending agreement by the companies on final terms.
This agreement would expand upon the plans announced last October between AOL and Motorola to develop an AOL Instant Messenge(sm) (AIM) application for integration into a variety of Motorola's smart wireless devices. These devices will include smart phones, PICS, such as Motorola's PageWriter(R) 2000X, TimePort P930 and P935 PIC, and other cutting-edge Motorola mobile devices. Motorola mobile devices that have already demonstrated the fully-functional AOL Instant Messenger application include the soon to be released Motorola TimePort P1088 Smart Phone, as seen at recent industry tradeshows.
AOL Wireless, a significant component of the "AOL Anywhere"(sm) strategy, will bring AOL's most popular features and services to a wide range of wireless devices. AOL's 21 million members and tens of millions of users of its other Web brands will be able to easily extend their interactive experience to the wireless platform in a convenient, easy-to-use and valuable way. Users will be able to check their e-mail, exchange Instant Messages, and access AOL's other popular and consumer-friendly features and brands.
AOL and Motorola have planned joint marketing around these devices. In addition, Motorola and AOL are also exploring other joint content and communication services and applications.
"Expanding our alliance with companies like America Online will offer new possibilities for Motorola's millions of mobile customers worldwide" said Janiece Webb, Senior Vice President, General Manager for Motorola's Personal Networks Group. "AOL's impressive applications over Motorola's wide array of unique mobile devices will result in yet another way for Motorola's customers to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues."
Bob Pittman, President and Chief Operating Officer of America Online, said:"By working with an industry leader like Motorola, America Online is taking another major step forward in its AOL Anywhere strategy to extend the benefits of AOL interactivity to other devices and platforms. Working with Motorola, we plan to develop an AOL Mobile Messenger device that offers our members the ability to access some of their favorite AOL features, including AOL E-mail and AOL Instant Messenger, wherever they are and whenever they want. Wireless is a key element of our AOL Anywhere strategy and we plan to continue to add innovative forms of wireless access for our members that will be convenient, easy-to-use, easily accessible and seamlessly integrated with AOL products and services."
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