HandMark Releases PocketExpress v2

Handmark has released version 2.0 of its award-winning Pocket Express bundle of wireless content services for cell phones, smartphones, and wireless PDAs. The upgrade adds a sleek new interface, location-based services, more news and photos, real-time sports scores, and improved mapping features.

Handmark Pocket Express for Palm OSPocket Express gains a significant functional upgrade with the new “Tuxedo” interface that makes all Pocket Express services accessible from a single screen called “PageOne.”

Up to thirty times faster than browser-based web access and with up to 80% fewer keystrokes, Pocket Express turns an Internet-enabled wireless handset into a personalized instant information center. News, sports, movies, maps and more can be automatically updated throughout the day, and accessed with minimal navigation. Content can be reached using the five-way navigation buttons on the user’s device or the number keys on a phone keypad.

Direct access to Handmark servers and seamless integration with handset functions increase the speed. Pocket Express can quickly map any address in the U.S. and Canada and provide turn-by-turn driving directions between two points. Pocket Express Directories search allows users to look up any published personal or business phone number, perform reverse phone number and address searches, or find a person or a business without paying traditional directory assistance charges. Once found, Pocket Express users can add a listing to the device address book, dial the phone number automatically, or display a map showing how to get there.

Handmark Pocket Express is available for wireless handsets including BlackBerry, Palm OS, and Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone devices for $6.99 per month or $69.90 per year. The upgrade is free to all current subscribers.

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Gotta love it

cervezas @ 11/1/2005 2:22:26 PM # Q
Looks like a great application and one helluva nice cross-platform subscription-based business model. Way to go HandMark.

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joad @ 11/1/2005 10:18:45 PM # Q
The GUI looks a lot better. 70 bucks a year is still quite a bit of money, they should consider a "lite" subscription or some such way of subscribing to the services you will really use rather than paying for a bunch of stuff that just takes up RAM.

3 issues I had with the first version (beyond the $70 a year):

* Sucked up a TON of precious RAM, even though it's target seemed to be smartphones (which are built with very little RAM).

* Required signing away of many, many of your rights - basically you are paying Seventy Dollars a year to be spied on and have several companies use your demographic information for some known and unknown purposes. Hardly worth the trouble if you read the stuff they want you to agree to.

* Several users (myself included) reported a "white screen of death" on devices that installed this program. Uninstall brings device back to life. Handmark "support" only responds that "a third party application is interfering"... If you ask them WHAT programs they have found to make their $70/year program fail, they will not write you back... (great support).

If they have gone beyond the improved GUI and addressed the more serious problems with Handmark Express One, then maybe it's worth the trouble of trying to make enough RAM to try it again.

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What's the use?

Arnage @ 11/2/2005 5:52:03 AM # Q
I don't know this program so maybe i'm confusing it's use, but isn't this program just a really expensive RSS-reader with a limited amount of newssources? Who'd buy something like that?

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