4thpass, LLC, Seattle-based provider of client and server wireless infrastructure technology for smart phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), and Shadowpack Inc., creator of the first enhanced wireless environment, today announced that Shadowpack has selected 4thpass' KBrowser to provide personalized content and services to Shadowpack 1.0 users on wireless devices running the Palm III, V, or VII operating systems.
Shadowpack 1.0 is a free service that gives mobile users the ability to engage in enhanced, highly efficient wireless interactions from their smart phones, PDA's or two-way pagers. Users can register for the free service on their wireless devices at wap.shadowpack.com or from the Web at www.shadowpack.com.
As a 4thpass Wireless Partner, Shadowpack can offer the 4thpass KBrowser -- the industry's most-popular WAP microbrowser for Palm devices -- to Shadowpack users with PDAs running on the Palm OS. Shadowpack will also use the 4thpass Wireless Server Gateway to transmit data between the Internet and the wireless devices. The 4thpass Wireless Server is highly scalable and can compile both WML and Handheld Friendly HTML content to binary WML in one pass.
"We are very pleased to partner with 4thpass," said Lance Schneier, Founder and Chairman of Shadowpack, Inc. "As a participant in the 4thpass Wireless Partner Program, we are able to provide exactly the kind of customization and direct easy access to our service that wireless users need."
Shadowpack gives users access to content and services found on any Web or Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) site, including those authored in HDML, WML, and even HTML. Information obtained on a device can be sent to family, friends, colleagues or a user's own email account, giving wireless users the ability to share Web content for the first time. In addition, Shadowpack provides a "Delivery" function that allows content to be delivered to coincide with the user's schedule or regular activities.
4thpass unveiled its Wireless Partner Program earlier this month. Content providers, enterprises, and wireless ASPs participating in the program leverage the 4thpass KBrowser microbrowser and Gateway technologies in delivering wireless solutions. Partners can customize the KBrowser home page and display icon to promote brand awareness for their product or service. In addition, partners get the KBrowser Applet for demonstrating WAP sites via regular HTML pages and can participate in a number of co-marketing opportunities.
"By attending various wireless conferences and trade shows, we discovered that wireless developers were having a difficult time creating their wireless solutions. They had to bring a lot of different technologies together, and often at a high cost," said Larisa Goldin, director of Strategic Initiatives at 4thpass. "We created the Wireless Partner program to provide affordable end-to-end wireless infrastructure and help foster the growth of the wireless Internet. We are excited to welcome Shadowpack among our first Wireless Partners. With their ability to deliver custom content to handhelds, they provide a service that recognizes the unique needs of wireless users and makes the wireless Internet more compelling."
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