SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 1999 -- NeoPoint, Inc., creator of the highly acclaimed NeoPoint smartphones, today announced the industry's most comprehensive, location-based wireless portal -- myAladdin.comTM. myAladdin.com is a smart-information service that integrates wireless devices with the Internet, designed to add intelligence to "raw" data services while providing mobile users a truly enhanced experience. Not only is myAladdin.com available on the NeoPoint smartphones, but also on a variety of other WAP-enabled wireless handsets using CDMA, GSM, TDMA and iDEN technologies. WAP-enabled PDAs and pagers will also be able to benefit from the smart service. This innovative wireless information service is immediately available and is being marketed to carriers as well as vertical markets including banking and online trading. myAladdin.com is available on a private label basis allowing companies to complement their own brands. myAladdin.com is able to provide the industry's first precision location-based services with the integration of GPS capabilities. It is through this robust location-based service that myAladdin.com is able to give users access to accuracy-dependent content such as real-time driving directions and route guidance, as well as an ATM Locator, traffic information, flight status and schedules, yellow pages, radio station directories, television listings, and movie schedules and reviews. While a GPS accessory is already available for the NeoPoint handsets, myAladdin.com will also support other manufacturers' GPS devices as they become available, as well as network-based location technologies.
"As a market leader in developing state-of-the art smartphones and information services that optimize the way wireless users access the people and information resources essential to them, we are excited to offer carriers and other customers myAladdin.com," said William Son, president and CEO of NeoPoint. "Given NeoPoint's history and experience in providing the most innovative, yet easy-to-use smartphones, myAladdin.com aims to do the same by creating compelling convenience for consumers by providing personalized, timely and localized information and smart services."
NeoPoint has teamed up with leading companies including GetThere.com, Intelligent Information Incorporated, InfoSpace.com, MapQuest.com, MasterCard International, Navigation Technologies, onebox.com, RadioDigest.com, and TVData to conveniently provide users with information and services when and where they want them. "Given our unique capabilities and strong roster of providers, myAladdin.com is clearly at the forefront of transforming wireless devices into invaluable companions," said Kevin Thornton, vice president and general manager of myAladdin.com. "By teaming with leading companies in numerous sectors including entertainment, travel, finance and information services, myAladdin.com allows users to tap into a wealth of useful information, resulting in the ultimate convenience of having the world at their fingertips."
myAladdin.com provides a wealth of content services to its customers by teaming up with the following leading companies:
GetThere.com is a provider of business-to-business online travel procurement services and gives myAladdin.com users access to real-time travel information including flight schedules and status, as well as car and hotel reservation information.
InfoSpace.com (NASDAQ: INSP) is a leading provider of infrastructure services for consumers, merchants and wireless devices. InfoSpace.com's Wireless Services will showcase how myAladdin.com customers can access comprehensive and integrated Web information services such as restaurants and hotels, weather, directions and news.
Intelligent Information Incorporated, a leading provider of wireless personalized information and consumer e-commerce solutions, offers myAladdin.com users alert services such as news, horoscopes, stock quotes, and sports scores.
MapQuest.com, a leader in Advanced Mapping Solutions, offers myAladdin.com users access to location services such as driving directions, traffic information and maps (HTML only).
MasterCard International, a global provider of credit card and ATM services, enables myAladdin.com users to easily obtain the closest ATM locations.
Navigation Technologies (NAVTECH), an innovator of in-vehicle navigation, gives myAladdin.com users comprehensive navigation support for driving directions.
onebox.com is the leading provider of enhanced messaging services for the web and phone. myAladdin.com users can take advantage of the convergence of onebox.com's uniquely scalable IP network and NeoPoint's smartphone to communicate as never before with web users. onebox.com currently provides free voicemail, email, fax and paging to consumers.
RadioDigest.com, an online publication featuring information about North American radio stations and personalities, offers myAladdin.com users access to location-based radio station lineups.
TVData provides myAladdin.com users with access to location-based television listings and channel lineups.
In addition to the myAladdin.com service, NeoPoint's complete line of handsets are on display during the CTIA's Wireless I.T. show, Nov. 2-3, 1999 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in booth #1134. About NeoPoint, Inc.
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