Sprint and Google Offer First Wireless Image Search On PCS Phones
Immediate Access to Nearly 400 Million Images and 3 Billion Web Pages From Google on Vision-enabled PCS Phones
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan – December 18, 2002 – Google, developer of the award-winning web search engine, and Sprint, (NYSE: FON, PCS), which operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide network, today announced the availability of the first US-based wireless image search. The new service enables PCS VisionSM customers to search and view Google’s collection of nearly 400 million web images and more than 3 billion web pages.
Google™ search services were previously available on the PCS Wireless Web and enabled customers to search for text-based sites and information. With the launch of PCS Vision from Sprint, customers are now able to view full-color photos and access sites and information with graphics and other enhancements.
Using their PCS Vision phones, customers can search for images of celebrities, view details of a car for sale or simply get their latest hometown news complete with color and graphics. PCS Vision users will find Google’s easy-to-use search services in the "Tools" folder and through the "Menu" soft key (search option).
"Google is opening a new mobile and visual window to the world for PCS Vision customers," Chip Novick, vice president of consumer marketing for the PCS division of Sprint. "The ability to search for and view images clearly provides our customers another valuable reason to do more with their phones than simply make calls."
"Google and Sprint are making the web a richer experience for consumers by enabling them to browse and view images and web pages, right from their wireless phones," said Omid Kordestani, Google’s senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations. "This announcement demonstrates Google’s ongoing commitment to delivering innovative and powerful search services on a wide selection of mobile devices."
PCS Vision from Sprint includes services that enable customers to browse the Internet wirelessly with speeds comparable to a home computer’s dial-up connection; check personal and corporate e-mail; download polyphonic ringers and full-color, graphically-rich games and screen savers; and take and receive pictures on select Vision-enabled PCS Phones.
Click here to view Google image search featured on a Sprint PCS Vision wireless phone (30K).
Google is the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information. Founded in 1998, Google develops innovative search technologies that connect people with the information they need to make better decisions. Google’s business model is based on targeted advertising programs and corporate search solutions. A top 10 online property in nearly every major global market, Google is based in Mountain View, Calif. with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.
Sprint is a global communications company serving more than 26 million business and residential customers in over 70 countries. With approximately 75,000 employees worldwide and more than $26 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States’ first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and Sprint’s award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local voice and data services in 18 states and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States.
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