Handmark expands reach of Pocket Express service on Symbian smartphones

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Handmark, a specialist in mobile media, announced today a new version of its Pocket Express mobile service. Pocket Express was developed by Handmark in native Symbian C++ specifically for S60 Third Edition on Symbian OS, and will be featured on Nokia E-series and N-series handsets.

Created in the UK, the all-new release of Pocket Express for Symbian OS offers free mobile access to a powerful handset client, featuring essential BBC news, global weather and minute-by-minute score reports for UK and European footballer fans from STATS.

A suite of premium services is also provided in this new release of Pocket Express for Symbian OS, including updates from global financial markets, flight status for more than 75,000 international destinations from over 3,500 airports, cinema show times throughout the UK, and fast access to the authoritative New Oxford Dictionary of English and companion Oxford Thesaurus. Pocket Express combines these services with the world's first mobile live personal assistant, MobileCierge. With one tap, customers can speak to a live assistant who can help solve almost any personal, travel, medical, or emergency-related request anywhere in the world.

"Pocket Express is an essential and trusted source of information and services for mobile professionals, and we're pleased to bring the service to an even larger audience of Symbian smartphone users," said Douglas Edwards, Handmark co-founder and chief marketing officer. "Pocket Express for Symbian OS represents the latest development in our strategy to bring Pocket Express to mobile professionals around the world."

"Symbian smartphones provide users with the most powerful applications and services that help them stay connected and manage their busy lives - all part of the emerging smartphone lifestyle," said Jerry Panagrossi, vice president, U.S. operations, Symbian.

"This new release of Pocket Express for Symbian OS delivers a wealth of benefits to harried business professionals who rely on Symbian smartphones for a growing list of everyday needs."

The complete Elite Edition of the service is available for a one-time annual payment of £70 GBP or for £7 per month. A free version of the new Symbian Pocket Express is also available.