The “Excite Online Powered by AT&T WorldNet Service” is slated for a national launch in June featuring “competitive” pricing, according to the companies. The service will offer AT&T customer-service features along with customized functions from Excite’s search and navigation offerings.
The partnership will reportedly leverage technologies developed by AT&T Labs to produce Web-based communications capabilities such as click-to-dial directories, anonymous voice chat, and conference calling controlled from the Web.
The companies said for instance that an Excite user in a chat room will be able to turn the text into a verbal chat with other members anonymously, with no disclosure of phone numbers.
Subsequent to the June launch, the service will feature a co-branded
“Personal Communications Center” offering AT&T services to Excite users. It will be presented in special sections of Excite, including the home page, and will act as a point-and-click gateway to AT&T.
Similar to the Lycos/AT&T deal, the Communications Center will highlight four AT&T services: AT&T One Rate, for online long-distance services; AT&T Wireless Services; AT&T Prepaid Calling Cards; and
AT&T WorldNet for Internet
Today’s announcement follows a $70 million deal Excite struck with Netscape this week to provide search services to the company which continues to play catch-up in the Internet portal space.