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California Companies Expanding Wireless Services

As the wireless market continues to develop, innovative companies are developing the content and the devices needed to offer remote access to goods and services.

This week @Motion plans to release a product that could make every wireless phone a portal access device.

The Redwood Shores, Calif., company intends to sell its carrier-grade servers to wireless service providers. The plan includes partnering with content providers to give wireless subscribers a variety of personalized services.

Features include unified messaging, Yellow Pages listing services, commuter traffic updates, and stock quote services are just are part of the content currently available to wireless providers.

According to published reports, @Motion service will differentiate itself from competing wireless content services by paying special attention to localized content and time critical applications.

The @Motion service works with any wireless handset including all wireless phones. The system works on any wireless network, because it's based on Internet Protocol standards.

Meanwhile, one of the largest wireless activation services and wireless product distributors in the U.S. has announced plans for its continued expansion in the west.

American Wireless is opening an office in Las Vegas that will manage activations, fulfillment services and distribution of wireless products in the area for national carriers Nextel and Sprint.

Jim Dunham, American Wireless senior vice president and general manager said the expansion plans with national carriers means the company's expansion will share in the growth of wireless goods and services.

Dunham "Nextel and Sprint are the two fastest growing national carriers in the U.S. By providing activations and fulfillment for them in the Las Vegas area, we continue to contribute to their momentum."

In addition to increasing indirect channels in the Las Vegas region for Sprint and Nextel, American Wireless' presence in Las Vegas offers entrepreneurs diverse business opportunities. Dunham said that American Wireless is growing their business by helping other companies recognizes the many opportunities available through wireless systems.

"Whether [entrepreneurs are] interested in capturing market share of the burgeoning business-to business wireless sales arena or specializing in the consumer-driven retail market where wireless is one element of a complex product mix, entrepreneurs can succeed with us."

American Wireless provides wireless activations throughout the U.S. and wholesale distribution of wireless products to carriers, retailers, resellers, dealers and agents.

According to company sources, the Campbell, Calif.-based company activates 400,000 subscribers annually for Nextel, Sprint PCS, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, MCI Worldcom and US Cellular. The company also distributes wireless products for Motorola, Sony, Audiovox, Ericsson, Plantronics and Garmin.