Companies to provide content for new product
Palm Computing, a division of 3Com, has inked deals with MovieFone and Ticketmaster to provide ticket purchasing and other information services on its next-generation PalmPilot wireless organizer, skedded to hit retailers’ shelves in mid-1999.According to the company, the PalmPilot VII will for the first time connect users to the Internet to find information such as flight schedules and news headlines, and conduct online transactions such as movie-ticket purchases or online stock trades. Users in 260 of the most populated areas in the United States will have access to the service. But the hand-held device will enable users to access only Web sites that have made deals with 3Com. Among these sites will be MovieFone’s movielink.com, as well as Ticketmaster’s online ticketing service. And because of the Palm’s small screen size, users will be able to access only specific information designated by the Web sites through a “web clipping” feature. Content providers ABCNews.com, Bank of America, ESPN.com, eTrade, Fodor’s, MasterCard, UPS, USA Today, USWest, Visa, the Wall Street Journal, the Weather Channel and Yahoo! have all inked deals with 3Com. The PalmPilot VII will enter U.S. field trials in early 1999, and is expected to retail for around $800. Internet access is expected to be offered from $10 per month.