Report from 3GSM World Congress
By Justin Ried, Thu Feb 22 00:00:00 GMT 2001

The ninth annual GSM World Congress in Cannes this year brings together everyone who?s anyone in the world of wireless. Here?s what all the fuss is about.


Set near the beach in the beautiful Mediterranean French city, the Palais des Festivals is hosting hundreds of companies and thousands of people working toward third-generation services. Traditionally used as a launch pad for announcements and product introductions, this year's event was no exception.

Here is a sampling of the companies and their products.

Motorola's killer services

Motorola was showcasing both their handsets and a collection of operator services.

ReviewPlus is an operator service designed to deliver personalized entertainment options. From their mobile device, subscribers can either read or hear current movie reviews, purchase tickets, and even watch video previews on a compatible phone over the GPRS network. Motorola calls it "Quick and easy access to the best show in town."

SportsNet is a collection of tools for delivering information based on user preferences about - you guessed it - sports. Users of the service can track their favorite players, receive notifications of scores, play games, build dream teams, and chat with others over the system.

An e-commerce solution, mWallet allows users to pre-fill their credit card and billing information into a single template, so that when a transaction is made while browsing on the mobile, all account details can automatically be sent to the merchant's site in a secure format at the push of a button.

A Motorola spokesman was also demonstrating a preview of the Justin Ried writes about technology for TheFeature.