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News
Issue #2002 - 05 (February 2002)
(Updated Feb. 6, 2002)

APPLICATIONS

Yahoo! and Amtrak Launch First Internet-Enabled Trains

Amtrak and Yahoo! are making it easier to stay connected with the launch of the first Internet-enabled passenger train service.

Using the Compaq iPAQ PocketPCs provided in the café cars or coaches, passengers will be able to access to the Web and a host of Yahoo! services, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Finance, and Yahoo! News — all free of charge.

For the next six months, train cars wrapped in Yahoo!’s signature purple and yellow colors will dot the landscape along Amtrak’s routes in the Northeast and the Midwest as well as in Northern California.

According to Christopher Wu, Wireless Yahoo!, offering Internet service aboard Amtrak trains is an extension of the company’s commitment to make Yahoo! services available everywhere and anywhere.

"From Amtrak trains, to commuter planes in Japan, to <wired taxis> in New York,’ Mr. Wu said, "our latest program is a visible extension of Yahoo’s commitment to distribute Yahoo! services through a range of traditional and non-traditional vehicles. "

After September 11th, "more and more people are choosing to travel by train," said Cyndi Darlington, Amtrak’s assistant vice president for Sales and Marketing, "and by combining the experience with the latest technology, we are making the train an even more productive and stress-free way to travel."

For more information: http://www.amtrak.com

Related Hyperlink - Wired taxis: http://www.mobileinfo.com/news/news_2000_issue33/yahoo_taxi.htm

Mobileinfo Comments & Advisory: Internet in trains is a good implementation - because professionals can turn their travel time to work time. However, network coverage will continue to be an issue for some time. 

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.  All trademarks used in this summary are the property of their respective owners.


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