|Customers Can Now Shop At Amazon.com Via the New Wireless Pocket PC; New Devices Can be Purchased At Amazon.com's Electronics Store|
SEATTLE and REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 19, 2000--Leading online retailer Amazon.com (www.amazon.com) in conjunction with Amazon Anywhere announced today that customers can shop at Amazon.com via the new Pocket PC through Pocket Internet Explorer at www.amazon.com/pocketpc.
In addition, customers can buy or place pre-orders, while supplies last, on Pocket PC devices from Casio, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard in the Amazon.com Electronics store.
"We want to provide customers with the convenience of shopping at Amazon.com through a variety of mobile devices, helping them to find and discover anything they may want to buy online," said Joe Galli, Amazon.com's president and COO. "The Pocket PC puts the power of the PC in your pocket, providing mobile individuals with the ability to shop at Amazon.com from anywhere at any time. There is tremendous potential for a more robust mobile shopping experience at Amazon.com via the Pocket PC, including digital music, software, and book downloads."
Windows-powered Pocket PCs, the next generation PDAs from Microsoft and its partners, give customers the freedom to manage their work and life anytime, anywhere. Pocket PCs provide pocket versions of popular desktop applications, including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Internet Explorer. Customers can easily access the Web using Pocket Internet Explorer, allowing them to shop securely, check stock quotes, check e-mail, and more. Customers also have the ability to download e-books with Microsoft Reader and access digital music, audio, and video with Microsoft Windows Media Player.
By using any Pocket PC device, customers can shop online at Amazon.com by entering the URL www.amazon.com/pocketpc in the Pocket Internet Explorer address bar and clicking Go. Registered Amazon.com customers are ready to purchase more than 18 million products with 1-Click, including music, DVDs, videos, books, toys, video games, software, tools, hardware, lawn and patio items, and consumer electronics. Customers can open new accounts with Amazon.com directly from their Pocket PC and start shopping from anywhere at any time. Customers can also search for specific products, compare prices, or check on pending orders.
Beginning today in Amazon.com's Electronics store (www.amazon.com/electronics), shoppers can buy the HP Jornada 545 ($499.99) and the Casio Cassiopeia E-115 ($599.99) and place pre-orders for the Compaq iPAQ H3650 ($499.99) and the Compaq Aero 1550 ($299.99). Customers can also choose from a wide variety of Pocket PC accessories.
To help customers choose from the selection of Pocket PCs and accessories, Amazon.com Electronics provides detailed buying guides, expert product reviews, and multiple product images. Combined with candid comments and ratings from people who have bought and used the products, these make it easy for shoppers to choose the right products for their needs.
About Amazon Anywhere
Launched as a business division of Amazon.com in October 1999, Amazon Anywhere is a leader in mobile e-commerce, providing customers with access to Earth's Biggest Selection on Amazon.com from hand-held wireless Internet devices. Amazon Anywhere is available on Internet-ready phones, the Palm VII, and other PDA devices via our open URL www.amazon.com/pocketpc. Service and handset providers that feature mobile shopping for their customers include Bell Mobility, Nextel, Nokia, Motorola, Bell Atlantic, Airtouch, and Sprint PCS.
Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the Internet's No. 1 music, No. 1 DVD and video, and No. 1 book retailer. Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com lists more than 18 million unique items in categories including books, CDs, toys, electronics, videos, DVDs, home improvement products, software, and video games. Through Amazon.com zShops, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.com's more than 17 million customers, and with Amazon.com Payments, any seller can accept credit card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments. The company also participates in sothebys.amazon.com, the leading auction site for guaranteed art, jewelry, and collectibles, at www.sothebys.amazon.com.
Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they may want to buy online. Amazon.com's All Product Search scours the Web to help customers find merchandise that is not available at Amazon.com, Amazon.com Auctions, or Amazon.com zShops, making Amazon.com the shopping destination to find anything. Amazon.com Anywhere is the leader in mobile e-commerce, providing access from anywhere in the world to Amazon.com through hand-held wireless Internet devices that use the Wireless Application Protocol (www.amazon.com/phone/) and on personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Amazon.com operates two international Web sites: www.amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.de. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 220,000 movies and entertainment programs and 800,000 cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1892 to 2003.
Amazon.com has invested in leading Internet retailers that are improving the lives of customers by making shopping easier and more convenient: Greenlight.com, the only company that offers car buyers the control of auto purchasing online with ongoing service and support from local dealerships, at www.greenlight.com; living.com, the leading online home products and services retailer, at www.living.com; drugstore.com, an online retail and information source for health, beauty, wellness, personal care and pharmacy, at www.drugstore.com; Pets.com, the online leader for pet products, expert information, and services, at www.pets.com; HomeGrocer.com, the first fully integrated Internet grocery-shopping and home-delivery service -- with operations in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Southern California -- at www.homegrocer.com; Gear.com, which offers brand-name sporting goods at prices from 20 to 90 percent off retail, at www.gear.com; and Ashford.com, the leading Internet retailer of luxury and premium products and the Web's No. 1 retailer of watches and jewelry, at www.ashford.com; Audible, Inc., the leader in Internet-delivered spoken audio for PC-based listening or playback on AudibleReady(TM) portable digital audio devices, at www.audible.com; and eZiba.com, a leading online retailer of handcrafted products from around the world, at www.eziba.com.
Amazon.com also has a minority interest in Della.com, which brings together leading retailers with gift registry, expert advice, and personalized gift suggestions to help everyone give better gifts, at www.della.com; NextCard, Inc., considered the industry's leading issuer of consumer credit on the Internet, at www.nextcard.com; and Kozmo.com, the world's leading "e-mmediate" Internet-to-door delivery service, at www.kozmo.com.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's limited operating history, anticipated losses, significant amount of indebtedness, unpredictability of future revenues, potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results, seasonality, consumer trends, competition, risk of distribution center expansion, risks related to fourth quarter performance, risks of system interruption, management of potential growth, inventory risks, risks related to auction and zShops services, risks related to fraud and Amazon.com Payments, and risks of new business areas, international expansion, business combinations, and strategic alliances. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1999.
Sharon Greenspan, 206/266-7180