Wireless was the buzzword at this year's Spring Internet World in Los Angeles, as vendors jostled to roll out their wares.
In the corporate space, Everypath, an application service provider that specialises in enabling virtually any web enabled device to access content, unveiled a service for corporate customers wanting to create a website.
The company's aim is to build sites that can be accessed using wireless appliances or voice prompts via a mobile phone to log-in and undertake transactions.
Venktesh Shukla, Everypath's chief executive, said: "The response we've had from enterprise customers stunned even us. In the past, there was no way to take an application like stock trading or bill payment and move it to the wireless web without a significant investment of both time and money."
He added: "We can take even the most demanding and complex website and mobilise it for the wireless web in a matter of days. We've proved ourselves to these customers every time, showing them that we could give them a significant time-to-market advantage without compromise when it comes to the integrity of end user experience or the security of the underlying data."
The product ranges in price from $2000 to $10,000 per month, including hosting, but Everypath said this is affordable for independent content providers, e-tailers and business-to-business ecommerce providers.
EveryPath said it currently has more than 30 companies using its technology to create wireless websites that can also be accessed using voice commands. The company also confirmed it is working with Engage Technologies to enable users to access online advertisements using Palm Pilots, pagers, cellular phones and other wireless devices.
Similar partnerships include a deal with Sun Microsystems and Ericsson Telephone, with whom Everypath is developing a wireless infrastructure and standards to enable customers to undertake secure internet transactions using wireless devices.
Elsewhere, Oracle's OracleMobile.com subsidiary has enabled its portal website to be accessed by users of wireless devices for short messaging. The service is available now and enables any web-enabled phone to send short messages to any text-enabled wireless device or email address.
The service is intended to minimise the amount of typing necessary when using appliances such as a web phone. OracleMobile enables consumers to preset information such as favourite messages like 'meet me' or 'contact me when you get this message' that will show up on the device and can be written with a simple scroll and click.
Also at the show, Xypoint rolled out its free WebWirelessNow service to enable users to access the internet from any wireless device. Consumers can enroll for the service in under one minute at http://www.webwirelessnow.com/ and can add links for free to a variety of services ranging from traffic and ski reports to share updates and horoscopes.
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