InfoSpace Powers Verizon Wireless Launch of WAP, SMS and Speech-Enabled Wireless Data Services
BELLEVUE, WA and SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - InfoSpace Inc. (NASDAQ: INSP), a provider of wireless and Internet software and application services, announced that the company is providing its wireless software services and applications for the launch of WAP, SMS and Speech-enabled data services by Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, the wireless business of Puerto Rico Telephone. "We needed a single partner who could provide a flexible foundation and core set of applications for our wireless data offering, alleviating the time and expense needed to maintain relationships with several partners and establish smooth interoperability between them," said Bobbi de Winter, VP and general manager at Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico. "InfoSpace's wireless solutions are helping us to quickly and cost effectively deploy a mobile data service to our customers under the Verizon Wireless brand that is seamless, personalized and helps drive new revenue streams." The launch includes a wide range of Spanish-language messaging, entertainment and personalized information services. InfoSpace's multi-modal wireless solutions enable these services to be provisioned and accessed over a wide range of devices on Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico's network, including WAP and two-way SMS capable phones, as well as legacy handsets. InfoSpace Speech services offer subscribers the ability to create and modify time and event-based SMS alerts quickly and easily by speaking into their mobile phone using their natural voice. This technology not only makes these services easier to provision and access, but it allows users of almost any digital mobile device to activate and personalize the services directly from their handset, without having to log on to a personal computer. "We are pleased to see momentum building for our wireless solutions in Central and South America and it was a pleasure working closely with the excited and well prepared team that is launching a very compelling program aimed the young community of Puerto Rico," said Jan Claesson, InfoSpace executive vice president, wireless. "The exceptional work done by Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico highlights the multi-modal capabilities of our wireless solutions. Our multi-modal approach enables the delivery of services across multiple standards and devices, helping our carrier partners to drive uptake and usage of value-added data services, reduce churn and build stronger brands."