SAN FRANCISCO - AvantGo Inc, the mobile Internet
service provider who has recently partnered Malaysia's Skali.com
is on the move again to deliver more content to its mobile users.
This time, the alliance is with ZDNet, a CNET Networks company, to enable AvantGo's mobile users to access ZDNet content and services
from mobile phones, palm-sized computers and other wireless devices.
AvantGo is a U.S. provider of mobile infrastructure software and services. ZDNet will be the latest addition
to its roster of top-tier content providers.
"Our goal is to provide AvantGo users a wide variety of content sources that suit their needs, with the
assurance that everything we offer comes from the Web's most trusted brands," said Mike Aufricht, general
manager of AvantGo Mobile Internet. "ZDNet is a great fit for our users, and is likely to become one of our
most popular offerings, as technology content ranks among our users' top interests."
The alliance will give rise to a new application entitled ZDNet-To-Go,
which will deliver ZDNet's mproduct reviews, tips, palm downloads and palm games to AvantGo's more than 1.2 million
In addition, AvantGo has also chosen ZDNet to become a provider of technology information and services to users
of Motorola WAP phones via the My Motorola service.
"One of the major initiatives of ZDNet, and of CNET Networks as a whole, is to bring our award-winning
information and services for technology buyers and sellers to customers on all platforms," said Barry Briggs,
President of CNET Networks, Media division. "By expanding our global footprint through top wireless service
providers like AvantGo, we are making the ZDNet brand even more accessible to millions of existing and future customers
around the world."
The partners plan on rolling out an application, "COMDEX
to Go," this week, for the COMDEX 2000 trade show in Las Vegas that will provide wireless users access
to the list of companies exhibiting at the show, and their booth numbers.
Other services in COMDEX-to-Go includes keynote scheduling information, news and reviews.