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OneMain.Com Serves Up Wireless E-Mail

OneMain.com Inc., is venturing into the wireless service arena by forging a pact with Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd. to provide wireless e-mail services.

The Internet service provider is offering wireless e-mail delivery for its customers that use RIM-enabled products. OneMain.com's $50 a month introductory rate includes e-mail service in conjunction with RIM's existing e-mail service, along with other popular organizer functions like calendar services, address books, calculator functions, and notification alarms.

Initially, the e-mail service will only function in California, Tennessee, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Dan Greenfield, OneMain.com spokesperson, said the e-mail service is the company's first foray into the field of wireless services.

"We want to be able to offer the full range of wireless Internet services," Greenfield said. "It's an evolving target, and we want to develop this strategy as we're exploring other options for our customers, like web hosting and fixed wireless Internet access."

The wireless arena is a good fit for the company. Its more than 762,000 customers are primarily located in rural and smaller metropolitan market areas.

Rod Lefever, OneMain.com vice president of new development, said wireless services are also a natural evolution to accommodate the company's business customers.

"OneMain.com continues to meet its critical communications mission by providing an expanding suite of competitively priced, fully integrated Internet services," Lefever said. "Through our agreement with RIM, OneMain.com is better able to serve the needs of our business customers, especially those with time sensitive e-mail requirements."

Earthlink, Inc. announced plans in June to acquire OneMain.com and its customer base by the end of the year. According to Greenfield, the deal could be done in September.

OneMain.coms decision to use RIM products as their wireless e-mail vehicle is most likely a direct result of Earthlink's current agreement with the wireless service facilitator in May.