Popular Wireless Information Service for Cellular Phones Garners Most Votes at Key Media Reception
KANSAS CITY, MO — (17 January, 2006) — Handmark®, a global leader in mobile media, announced today that its Pocket Express™ wireless information service led the "Best Wireless, Mobility, Communications and Home Automation" voting at ShowStoppers®, one of the top media events held during the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 5th, 2006. The voting indicated the appeal of Pocket Express among attendees which included many of the world’s leading journalists from the technology and general interest media, along with other analysts and decision-makers.
Pocket Express is an integrated, dynamic information service that delivers news, weather, sports, stocks, movies, maps, 411 and more to a wide range of cell phones, PDAs and other wireless devices. The personalized Pocket Express experience is faster than mobile web surfing by orders of magnitude, and the intuitive PageOne interface serves up content with a fraction of the clicks required by mobile browsing.
ShowStoppers, held January 5 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, brought together new and exciting products from many of the world’s most prominent technology companies with hundreds of reporters and reviewers. At the reception, attendees can view the products and conduct in-depth interviews with company executives. ShowStoppers is an exclusive event open only to media, industry analysts, and select investment firms.
"Handmark exhibits at ShowStoppers because it is one of the most efficient and direct ways to connect with the worldwide press. Having Pocket Express lead the ‘best product’ voting in its category at ShowStoppers is a distinct honor," said Douglas Edwards, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Handmark. "This response affirms the popularity Pocket Express has achieved in the marketplace. There isn’t a faster, more complete, or more useful wireless service than Pocket Express."
Pocket Express puts a wealth of unique and essential services at the fingertips of wireless mobile device users. For example, the service can quickly map any point in North America and provide turn-by turn directions between any two street addresses. It not only provides movie reviews, but also displays show times for movies at nearby theaters and allows users to order movie tickets online for select theaters.
Pocket Express also offers local weather reports, displays customized stock market quotes, and gives near real-time sports scores. It can provide business and personal phone numbers, perform reverse phone number and address searches, and find a person or business without paying traditional directory assistance charges.
ShowStoppers "Best Product" voting was conducted during the event by wireless short message service (SMS) using Pangolin’s Interactive Messaging Unlimited. The innovative, new technology from Pangolin SMS, based in Orlando, Florida, was implemented to tally the live vote. Pangolin creates interactive video display software for events and meetings of all kinds. The software converts cell phone text and picture messages into live graphics and video in a dynamic setting. This allows messages from cell phones, Blackberries and other wireless devices to be displayed on large projection video systems.
Handmark Pocket Express is available for $6.99 per month or $69.90 per year through http://express.handmark.com. (Source: Press Release)