pFreight of Fruitland, Idaho, a trucking services web site, has announced intentions to provide access for Internet-ready mobile telephones. That means pFreight will be accessible wherever mobile Internet service is available.
Mobile Internet service, currently available nationally through Sprint PCS among others, is being rolled out by a number of wireless providers. According to most predictions, properly equipped mobile phones and hand-held computers will soon be able to access the Internet from virtually anywhere, including the cab of a truck.
pFreight is actually the third Internet-based service to make such an announcement. In May, Georgia-based NetTrans (www.nettrans.com
), an Internet load-matching service, announced mobile access to customers with Internet-ready Palm Pilot computers. Using a wireless Internet provider, the Palm VII is Internet-ready off the shelf. Palm now offers an add-on product that makes all its hand-held computers Internet-ready.
Last month, another load-matching service, LoadSource of Columbia, Tenn., announced it was providing service through WAP-compliant mobile phones. WAP, or Wireless Application Protocol, is a worldwide standard for data access and display on small screens.
The pFreight service, created by Internet load-matching pioneer Scott Moscripp and backed by Ryder Systems of Miami, has not yet launched. When it does, it will enjoy the resources of Internet Truckstop, the successful load-matching site founded by Moscripp in 1995.
The wireless access to pFreight will be developed by Proteus, a Washington, D.C. company and will work with WAP-compliant phones.