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wapmap.com has a new name: mopilot.com
Posted: 25-Apr-2000 [Source: mopilot.com press release]

[WAP search engine changes name and offers enhanced services.]

Nuernberg, Germany -- http://mopilot.com is the new name for wapmap.com. Offering enhanced features and a new design, the world's first wireless search-engine addresses consumers and professionals. mopilot.com enables wireless Internet users to facilitate and organize their personal data along with global information retrieval. Having both an HTML and a WAP/WML (Wireless Application Protocol/Wireless Markup Language) interface, mopilot.com is accessible by mobile phones and PDAs as well as by normal PCs with a standard Internet browser.

In addition to its new identity, mopilot.com today is extending its services for wired and unwired users. Along with an improved design, new search options have been implemented. Online statistics give an overview on running search-queries and the current relation between html and the mushrooming new wap/wml browsers.

As a special bonus, the current version of the popular WinWAP browser for PCs can be downloaded directly from the site. "WAP4.COM believes that the market for mobile information applications will outgrow the current PC market within the next two years," says Dieter Kneffel, Director of WAP4.COM. "Offering instant access to the thousands of wireless Internet sites to all users via mopilot's search engine will accelerate the growth of this market," Kneffel adds. In addition to the search engine, mopilot.com will also provide various content and regional news.

mopilot.com also announces its own portal as an extension to the existing messaging services. Currently under final testing and scheduled to go online within the next days, it is extending mopilot's leading position in mobile messaging. The user can individually set up a profile of his interests, of his favorite wap sites, and include personal information. Developed by WAP4.COM, the portal is well suited for messaging and information management within a corporate environment as well. "The fight for control of the small screen mobile surfers see when they switch on the phone has begun," says Sandra Leyh, recently assigned CIO at WAP4.COM. "universal portals with personalized content will drive the next chapter of the Internet."

According to Frost & Sullivan, the emerging European market for smartphones will explode within the next years. Sales growth is expected to increase from US$ 66 million (1999) to about US$ 6,8 billion in 2006, an annual growth rate of 94% and an increase from 147.000 to 39,3 million sold devices.

"It's not just about sports, news and weather, but more about personalized Internet content and messaging that services such as mopilot are delivering to mobile users," says Leyh, "our rapidly-growing community clearly shows this demand." This year is expected to bring the maximum peak with a sales growth of 236% for smartphones.

mopilot.com is partnering with leading Internet content and commerce providers to aggregate content and extend e-commerce business models to the wireless world. The Helsinki based Slobtrot Software is among these strategic alliances, featuring the mopilot search engine by the click of a button in their popular WinWAP browser. "Today's development is comparable to the early stages of the WWW, just about 5 years ago. As many Internet-ready devices will be available soon, we will see an even more aggressive migration to the wireless world among online entities." says Kneffel. "Currently, such phones are just as rare as solutions. Tomorrow, a wireless strategy will be part of your every-day business," he adds.

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