Vindigo Launches New Subscription Service for Mobile Devices
Vindigo 2.0 Boasts New Channels, Cities, Content Partners, Features and User Interface
NEW YORK, Mar. 18, 2002 – Vindigo , the leading developer of personal navigation applications for mobile devices, today introduced Vindigo 2.0, the first major upgrade to the company’s award-winning consumer service. Based on user feedback, the service has been expanded to include new features such as music and museum listings, broader geographic coverage and a wider selection of brand-name content partners. Vindigo 2.0 is available for $24.95 a year (includes all cities) or $19.95 for consumers with Palm Powered devices who subscribe before March 31. Current Vindigo users will automatically receive a free, 30-day trial of Vindigo 2.0 the next time they sync their mobile devices.
In conjunction with the launch of Vindigo 2.0, the company is also introducing a new free service, Vindigo Lite. The free service includes names and addresses listings of major restaurants for one city, plus movie show times.
Today, over 500,000 people use the Vindigo service on Palm Powered devices, Pocket PC handheld computers, and Internet-enabled cell phones. By telling Vindigo where they are and what they’re looking for, consumers get information about the best and closest places to eat, shop and play. With the launch of Vindigo 2.0, consumers now have instant access to more information than ever before, including:
- Music — Times and venues for musical performances, from rock bands to classical concerts
- Museums — Details on temporary and permanent exhibits at local museums
- Services — Urban essentials such as parking lots, police stations, banks, and gas stations
- Vindigo Votes — Ability to search for restaurants based on ratings from other Vindigo users
- Detailed Maps — Includes pan and zoom functionality, in full color where supported
“Since we launched the Vindigo service two years ago, we’ve received thousands of requests and suggestions for additional content and features,” said Jason Devitt, chief executive officer of Vindigo. “Today, with the launch of Vindigo 2.0, we’re responding by delivering the most powerful and comprehensive personal navigation application available anywhere.”
Vindigo 2.0 includes service for an expanded list of major metropolitan areas including Brooklyn, Orlando, Pasadena and San Jose. Version 2.0 also offers new entertainment listings and reviews from sources such as Destination Culture, EventSource, Metacritic, and Shecky’s. These content providers join current partners Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe via boston.com, Gayot, the Seattle Times, Time Out New York, washingtonpost.com and others.
Pricing & Availability
Vindigo 2.0 is available for $24.95 a year (includes all cities) or $19.95 for consumers with Palm Powered devices who subscribe before March 31. Current Vindigo users will automatically receive a free, 30-day trial of Vindigo 2.0 the next time they sync their mobile device. Trial versions of Vindigo 2.0 will also be included with new handheld computers from many leading manufacturers, including Palm, Sony, and Hewlett-Packard. In addition, consumers can visit www.vindigo.com to download the Vindigo 2.0 software trial or to subscribe. Vindigo 2.0 is automatically replaced with Vindigo Lite if the user chooses not to subscribe within 30 days.
Vindigo is the leading developer of personal navigation applications for delivering location-based content and services to wireless and mobile devices. Vindigo’s proprietary technology and network of content partners enables it to offer compelling and comprehensive location-based applications to carriers and consumers, via Palm Powered handheld computers, Pocket PC computers, and Internet-enabled mobile phones including BREW handsets. Vindigo allows people to explore, enjoy, and connect to the world around them.