Yahoo Debuts Wireless Service

Yahoo Inc. is moving forward with its plans to expand wireless access to its Internet portal site -- a strategy dubbed Yahoo! Everywhere -- with the addition of the Yahoo! Mobile Web site, the Internet media company announced today.

The move by Yahoo coincides with a trend by other Internet media companies, including Microsoft to establish access to Internet portal site through mobile phones.

Portals are Web sites that compile a wide variety of content, services and links to other sites.

Yahoo! Mobile currently works with devices based on 3Com Co.'s Palm Pilot as well as palm-sized devices running Microsoft Corp.'s WinCE operating system, according to the company. The service is expected to work with other wireless devices by the end of the year.

Yahoo recently announced agreements for U.S. content and service distribution with Palm Computing, a 3Com company; Sprint PCS the largest PCS provider in the U.S.; and PageNet, the Paging Network Inc. service. Internationally, Yahoo also has signed partnerships with SmarTone in Hong Kong; D2 in Germany; and, SK Telecom and Hansol PCS in Korea.

Future distribution agreements in the U.K. are expected soon.

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