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MetroPCS picks up Handmark’s Pocket Express

Earlier this year I got a chance to review Pocket Express a mobile portal that was featured at WES 2008. It’s really a great service, and if you click on that review there you’ll see how much I rave about it. If you’re a MetroPCS customer, you’ll get a chance to see what I’m talking about. They’ve inked a deal with Handmark, makers of Pocket Express, to bring the service to their customers.

“We are excited to see mobile providers like MetroPCS leading the way in adopting new technology and helping its customers discover new ways to use their phones,” said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. “We were pleased to work together with MetroPCS to enhance their customers’ mobile experience by delivering a fast, simple way to access the latest news, sports, weather, and more in one place.”

The difference here is that while I tested Pocket Express on my BlackBerry, this is available to a number of consumer devices on MetroPCS’s BREW platform. So you can get it on your plain old RAZR if you want.

I’m not sure how they’re going to work this at Metro, but for BlackBerry Pocket Express is a freemium product. This means that basic features, like news and weather, are available for free, while features like entertainment and travel are on a pay basis. Still, getting news and weather for free is a nice perk for MetroPCS customers.