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New Vizzavi Portal On WAP Phones

LONDON -- "(This) validates our service to the vast number of users who depend on wireless networks."

It's a Web portal, but you won't be able to see it on your PC.

Wireless Internet provider Vodafone Friday launched Vizzavi. The wireless Web portal can be used on WAP enabled phones courtesy of a software platform from Fremont-based Clickmarks.

Vizzavi offers dozens of information categories including news, e-mail, alerts, local traffic and weather, stocks and financial information, surf and ski reports, lottery, humor, classifieds, even recipes and greeting cards.

"Vodafone's adoption of our portal platform is a significant because it validates our service to the vast number of users who depend on wireless networks," says Clickmark's CEO John Huyett.

The platform uses a pull technology to grab content and services from any Web site, including real-time information, onto a single Web page known as a Personal Habitat.

From there the service then automatically translates it into wireless-compliant form, letting users access it from their wireless devices whether or not the information has been configured by the Internet or intranet sites.

Not bad, says Clickmarks, considering their data estimates less than 1 percent of the Internet has been wireless-enabled.

The service is currently being rolled out in New Zealand and is expected to be available in the states by the end of the year.