Ericsson Brings New WAP Features To Mobile Internet Portal
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New features include restaurants and travel tips, news, weather forecasts and stock updates, as well as limited online shopping.
While most current WAP services are one-way activities with consumers only receiving information, Ericsson hopes to become a frontrunner in future interactive services.
Ericsson teamed with European entertainment e-tailer Boxman, which will soon launch its first WAP-based application, to provide multi-channel sales.
CitiKey, a mobile platform for city information and services, will soon bring a solution enabling users to reserve and pay for movie or theatre tickets directly on a WAP device, as well as find directions through digital maps. Pactive will supply news to the portal.
Ericcson's immediate launch priority is the MC 218, an EPOC-based handheld computer, which it says will be the first WAP-based product on the market. The device runs e-mail, fax, SMS messages and Internet access. An EPOC-based smart phone with WAP capabilities will be rolled out at the end of the year.