Several mobile search services that America Online made publicly available for testing back in July are now ready for prime time, the Dulles, Virginia, company announced Thursday.
To access the services, users need to fire up their mobile device's browser and go to http://mobile.aolsearch.com. There they will have the option of using the AOL Search general Web search engine, its Pinpoint Shopping comparison shopping engine, or its AOL Yellow Pages listing of local businesses.
Users can submit queries using any word or phrase, as in a regular PC-based search engine, as opposed to some mobile search services that require users to use specific keywords and syntax.
Moreover, the AOL system, using technology from InfoGin, ensures that all Web pages a user clicks on from the search results are properly rendered, not just those that have been designed specifically to be displayed on mobile devices.
AOL doesn't charge for the use of the search services, but carriers may apply data-transmission fees.