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.