FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Edmunds.com Expands Wireless Functionality; Allows Consumers to View Photos on PDAs
SANTA MONICA, CA -- May 02, 2001 - Edmunds.com (http://www.edmunds.com), the Web's leading consumer resource for unbiased automotive information, today announced the launch of a new wireless feature that lets consumers view vehicle photos from Edmunds.com on their personal digital assistants (PDAs). Photos are accessible via download from the Edmunds.com site or via Edmunds' partners, OmniSky and GoAmerica.
"We applaud content partners like Edmunds that are pushing the envelope to innovate new technologies, such as the ability to view photos on wirelessly-enabled handhelds," stated Kristine Stebbins, Vice President of Marketing for OmniSky Corporation, the award-winning provider of wireless e-mail and Internet services for users of mobile devices.
Edmunds provides its automotive reviews, pricing and ratings information via mobile devices such as Web-enabled phones, wireless PDAs, and PDAs that use AvantGo software. This latest offering increases the functionality of Edmunds.com wireless products, collectively known as Edmunds2Go!, allowing consumers who are shopping for vehicles to get timely, unbiased and accurate information regardless of where they may be. Vehicle pricing, safety, warranty and specification information are available, as well as a loan calculator, a dealer locator service, and links to Edmunds.com finance and insurance partners.
"By offering photos via Edmunds2Go!, we are both enhancing our users' ability to research vehicles as well as hinting at the future of the wireless Web," said Joe LaMuraglia, Director of Wireless Initiatives for Edmunds.com. "Ultimately, we expect wireless users to have access to our popular broadband video gallery."
The award-winning Edmunds2Go! wireless web sites are accessible via OmniSky, GoAmerica Wireless Internet Services, AT&T Digital PocketNet, Sprint PCS Wireless Web, Nextel Online Wireless Internet Services, and Palm VII. Customers of other wireless Internet service providers can access the site by entering "Edmunds2Go.com" on their device.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Edmunds.com, Inc. (http://www.edmunds.com) is the Internet's pioneer and leader in providing free, third party automotive information, tools and services for consumers. Edmunds.com empowers, educates, and engages visitors by providing them with straightforward information on key aspects of buying, selling, and owning a vehicle. For example, Edmunds has launched its True Market ValueSM prices of vehicles and vehicle finance rates, while Edmunds.com PowershopperSM offers car shoppers the opportunity to research and pursue online and offline purchase options. Visitors are also provided extensive automobile reviews, consumer information, safety updates, incentive and rebate news, and the Town Hall, an interactive community of more than 500,000 registered members. Among numerous other awards, Edmunds.com received Yahoo! Internet Life's Gold Star Site honor for excellence in the category of "Best Car-Buying Tips" and was ranked number one in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites as reported by The Wall Street Journal.