BellSouth Wireless Data yesterday unveiled a groundbreaking technology feature called Wireless Subscription Management that allows easy, secure and instant activation and subscription management on the BellSouth Intelligent Wireless Network directly from a wireless appliance.
WSM debuted at the 1998 Palm Computing Worldwide Developers Conference in conjunction with the announcement of the new wirelessly enabled Palm VII connected organizer. Palm VII organizer customers will be the first to use this completely automated procedure, right out-of-the-box, allowing them to activate the device on the BellSouth Intelligent Wireless Network and choose offerings on the new palm.net service.
“By integrating our innovative Wireless Subscription Management feature with wireless devices like the new Palm VII Connected Organizer,” noted William F. Lenahan, president and CEO of BellSouth Wireless Data, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based BellSouth Corporation, “we are simplifying the entire wireless enablement process for end-users, manufacturers and service providers. This is a key to bringing the wireless data experience to the broad personal marketplace. Consumers will be able to activate and select service plans easily. Manufacturers and service providers will have an automated process that eliminates the need for personnel to handle activation orders, which positively affects their bottom line.
With WSM, consumers can activate their Palm VII organizer on the BellSouth Intelligent Wireless Network literally as soon as they complete their purchase. Users simply raise the device’s antenna, select the level of service they desire through palm.net, enter billing and credit card or purchase order information, and in 60 seconds or less they are ready for interactive, wireless data communications.
BellSouth Wireless Data’s Wireless Subscription Management feature brings many other benefits to the marketplace as well. For service providers, it delivers remote sessionless activation/deactivation abilities, on-line account management and help-desk services. For device manufacturers it aids the manufacturing process by dynamically providing Mobitex Access Numbers (MANs) — similar to PINs — which releases the manufacturer from the responsibility of having to program a MAN into each device modem. This results in lower price points and increased profitability for all parties.
About BellSouth Wireless Data
BellSouth Wireless Data, L.P., headquartered in Woodbridge, N.J., is an expert in providing proven wireless data communications solutions that eliminate the barriers between critical information and mobile users. The company, a winner of the prestigious Sears Innovation Source of the Year and Partners in Progress awards for 1997, delivers a competitive advantage and increases personal productivity for aggressive, innovative companies and individuals leveraging communications technologies to meet their strategic goals. BellSouth Wireless Data operates its wireless data service throughout the United States, covering more than 93 percent of the urban business population located in 266 metropolitan areas with a total population of 200 million people.
BellSouth Wireless Data is a subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation, which provides telecommunications, wireless communications, directory advertising and publishing, video, Internet and information services to nearly 30 million customers in 20 countries worldwide.Details