AOL buys wireless company

Company to expand wireless unit with acquisition of Wildseed

America Online Inc. has acquired privately held Wildseed Ltd. and created a new unit to boost its mobile services, AOL announced Monday.

Wildseed, based in Kirkland, Washington, makes Linux-based software for mobile devices and will become part of the newly created AOL Wireless unit, according to AOL.

In addition to Wildseed, AOL Wireless will include Tegic Communications, which AOL bought in 1999 and specializes in simplifying the entry of text into mobile devices.

Finally, AOL Wireless will also absorb AOL Mobile, which includes several AOL services for mobile devices, such as instant messaging, e-mail, photo storage, radio, search and mapping.

The Wildseed acquisition and the creation of AOL Wireless are part of AOL's continuing initiative to extend its interactive services to mobile devices and simplify and promote their usage, an AOL spokeswoman said.

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