Press Release Summary:
Subscription-based Pocket ExpressÂ® enables users of BlackBerry handhelds to look up restaurants or movie times, find address, locate it on map, then create turn-by-turn directions to destination. It also displays Doppler weather radar images, stocks, news stories in 9 different categories, plus sports scores and schedules.
Original Press Release:
Handmark® Announces Pocket Express® Wireless Services For BlackBerry® Users
Award-Winning, Speed-Optimized Suite of News, Weather, Maps, and Other Services Available Soon On Ten BlackBerry Color Display Models
KANSAS CITY, MO- (January 5, 2005) - Handmark®, the leading developer and publisher of software for smart mobile devices, today announced the availability of the Handmark Pocket Express® suite of seven wireless services for BlackBerry® developed by Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM). Pocket Express is an award wining service that enhances the value of BlackBerry handhelds through fast and easy access to news, stocks, sports, weather, movies, maps, directory search, and driving directions.
Handmark Pocket Express service will be available later this month as a download directly to ten color display BlackBerry models including: BlackBerry 7100(TM), BlackBerry 7210(TM), BlackBerry 7230(TM), BlackBerry 7280(TM), BlackBerry 7290(TM), BlackBerry 7510(TM), BlackBerry 7520(TM), BlackBerry 7730(TM), BlackBerry 7750(TM), and BlackBerry 7780(TM). Through its tight integration with the built-in features of BlackBerry devices, Pocket Express can achieve download speeds up to 70 times faster than conventional mobile web browsers.
According to Ron Rosberg, San Francisco-based radio personality and Chief Technologist for EarlyAdopters.com, "As a technology consultant, reviewer and commentator, I am continually testing and reviewing all kinds of high-tech products and services for public and corporate audiences. There is no mobile product or service that I use more frequently than Handmark Pocket Express."
"Pocket Express is a natural fit for BlackBerry," said Douglas Edwards, Handmark vice president. "As thousands of existing subscribers have already discovered, Pocket Express is an immensely valuable tool for both personal and business uses."
Pocket Express is a subscription-based service costing less than $7 per month. Using the service, subscribers can look up a restaurant or movie time, find the address, locate it on a map, then create turn-by-turn directions to the destination. Pocket Express also displays Doppler weather radar images, news stories in nine different categories, NCAA basketball scores and schedules, and much more.
Pocket Express is a winner of two 2004 Gold Mobile Star Awards from MobileVillage®, a leading market development company and news service. The service also won a 2004 DEMOgod(TM) award at the prestigious DEMOmobile wireless/technology industry showcase in September, 2004.
30-Days of Pocket Express Free
Handmark Pocket Express for BlackBerry will be available directly from the Pocket Express website, express.handmark.com. Most U.S. BlackBerry subscribers can also purchase Pocket Express through their wireless carrier by searching on BlackBerry software. Subscriptions are $6.99 per month, or $69.90 USD (MSRP) with a prepaid one-year subscription.
Handmark, a BlackBerry ISV Alliance program partner, has a well-earned reputation for quality and superior technology as a provider of both applications and infrastructure for the delivery of content to smart mobile devices. Handmark® is the # 1 developer and publisher of entertainment and productivity software at retail for handheld mobile devices. Handmark is unique in its comprehensive offering of application software and online and wireless services. Handmark offers the broadest collection of fully supported tools and toys for a mobile generation(TM).
Handmark leads the industry in offering handheld computing software through all available channels, including both online (visit the Handmark Store at www.handmark.com) and at retail.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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