Cellmania.com Presents First-Ever Wappy Awards
Award recognizes nine innovators for best consumer-oriented wireless Internet sites
Cellmania.com also launches "mGuide" WAP directory
NEW ORLEANS, La., Feb. 29, 2000 -- Cellmania.com, the Internet's leading wireless commerce site, today announced the winners of the first-ever Wappy Awards, which recognize consumer WAP (wireless application protocol) sites that provide superior mobile phone content. The awards, sponsored by Cellmania.com, were presented today at the CTIA Wireless 2000 Conference in New Orleans. Motorola, BroadVision and American Wireless served as co-sponsors.
In conjunction with the Wappy Awards, Cellmania.com also today announced the launch of the "mFinder"--a directory of the best WAP sites around the world and the first WAP directory to feature comprehensive ratings and reviews.
Strategy.com Selected as Best Overall WAP Site
Strategy.com was awarded the highest honor for "Best Overall WAP" for creating a simple intuitive interface that allows consumers to conduct a wide variety of tasks via a phone-based Internet, including researching and electronically mailing articles, setting up a stock portfolio.
Other WAPPY Award winners include:
- Yahoo! (Best Portal)
- Wapmore (Best Entertainment)
- SportsFeed (Best Sports)
- Fast WAP Search (Best Search Engine)
- Hotelguide.com (Best Travel)
- InfoSpace (Best Reference Site)
- Strategy.com (Best News)
- MailandNews (Best Personal Productivity)
- Amazon.com (Best Shopping)
A panel of WAP experts reviewed more than 500 sites before selecting the winners. The judging was based on five criteria: overall usefulness to the mobile consumer, content, ease of use and navigation, interactivity and robustness of site.
"mFinder" is available from the Web and from the phone at Error in tag. The Web version emulates the WAP-version of sites so that customers don't have to spend expensive airtime on their phones. Customers are also able to research and purchase a wide range of Internet-capable wireless phones from Cellmania.com.
Cellmania.com is an information resource and online store for all wireless products such as cellular phones, pagers and accessories and provides expert advice and community-generated product ratings. Cellmania.com covers the entire United States and offers more than 50 phones and 10,000 service plans from leading manufacturers such as Motorola, Nokia and Ericsson. It also has more than 50 service providers such as Sprint PCS, AT&T, Nextel and GTE. In addition to its newly launched "mFinder" directory of the best WAP applications that deliver Internet content to phones, Cellmania.com also delivers value -added services such as customized content to data-enabled communications devices. Cellmania.com is based in Mountain View, Calif., and was founded in 1999 by Dr. Ronjon Nag, president and CEO and Neerav Berry, vice president of marketing.