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IQorder.com Plans E-Commerce Apps for Wireless

IQorder.com said it is planning a first-quarter 2000 release for an application that allows comparison shopping and purchases via minibrowser-enabled cellular phones, land-line telephones, CE or palm devices, two-way pagers and standard browsers.

The company said the consumer will be able to enter anything that is known about an item, such as model number, ISBN, part number, style or manufacturer or barcode to locate the product. IQorder.com does the rest, scanning an extended list of affiliates for price, availability and shipping times.

IQorder.com then submits the order to as many affiliates as necessary to complete the order.

Wish lists, pricing alerts and price history capabilities are built in along with "Friendly Reminders," that keep track of events such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. -- anything the user enters, including medication times, appointments, etc.

The user controls how much or little information they receive (including advertising), the company said.

IQorder.com also works with traditional, "bricks and mortar" stores, allowing traditional merchants to provide product pricing, availability and store locations in an electronic databank.

Initially, IQorder.com said it will offer comparison power-shopping on CDs, videos, books, computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, health and nutrition and office products. More categories will be added later.

"Our interface is designed to make shopping easy, fast and efficient. We are dedicated to getting to know what each individual shopper wants, likes and needs," said Michael Bates, chief executive officer and co-founder of IQorder.com.

"As an electronic personal assistance service, we take advantage of Internet shopping making it readily available, anytime, anywhere."