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Service provider offers six months' free service to first 250 customersGoFreight.com Inc., a supplier of real-time communications and proprietary matching services for loads, trucks and warehouse space, is offering six months' free service to the first 250 users who sign up for a pre-release version of its Internet-based service, as well as preferred pricing for as long as they continue to use it.

Service provider offers six months' free service to first 250 customers

GoFreight.com Inc., a supplier of real-time communications and proprietary matching services for loads, trucks and warehouse space, is offering six months' free service to the first 250 users who sign up for a pre-release version of its Internet-based service, as well as preferred pricing for as long as they continue to use it. GoFreight is scheduled to go live on Sept. 30.

The new service is designed to let fleets create "virtual private networks" over which they can communicate in real time with dispatchers, remote offices, agents, or business partners, according to Randy Dryburgh, president and chief architect of the system. "The key to any transaction is communication," says Dryburgh. "We want to facilitate up-front communication before a transaction with our instant-messaging software."

In addition to e-mail, GoFreight's system gives users the ability to post and search for loads or for carrier or warehouse capacity, Dryburgh adds. Loads can be posted and booked in under a second, he notes. "Since users are required to commit to a load or item online, the software can also remove purchased postings just as quickly to help eliminate unnecessary communications."

The load matching service, which is targeted to smaller fleets, according to Dryburgh, includes an "intelligent agent" function designed to enable carriers to have the loads of interest sent to them automatically.

The system's software is designed to run on a user's desktop computer operating on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000 platforms with 32 MB or more memory, and the software can be downloaded from GoFreight's web site without charge. The company also plans to release Mac OS and Linux versions of the software.

A subscription fee of $49.95 per month includes up to 25 users within the same company, and resource posting, searching, and all resulting matches are included in the base price.

For more information, visit www.gofreight.com.

Nextel Communications Inc. has added new content to its online wireless Internet service for business and introduced a new Internet-capable wireless phone with an introductory price of $49.

The new wireless Internet services include national and local weather, driving directions, and business directories, as well as news search engines. They will be available as part of Nextel's basic online service, which offers a flat rate of $19.95/mo. for wireless web browsing.

The new i550plus phone from Motorola provides access to the wireless online service, as well as to Nextel's digital cellular, digital two-way radio, voice mail, and paging services. It features standby times of up to 85 hours, caller ID, and a missed-call indicator. Visit www.nextel.com.

LoadFone, a freight locating service designed for web-enabled cellular telephones, allows drivers and other users to search in over 60,000 cities for freight by accessing wireless Internet service with a digital cell phone. LoadFone is a new joint venture by LoadSource Inc. and AlertWire.

An interface has been released for Terion Inc.'s mobile communications system and TMW Systems' PowerSuite, TL2000 and DOS-based dispatch software. The interface provides automated wireless communications between drivers and fleet dispatch operations. Visit www.tmwsystems.com.

McLeod Software says it has completed an interface for Eaton Corp.'s Fleet Advisor fleet management system. The interface allows Fleet Advisor users to dynamically add new stops or change routes via the system's wireless communications channels and onboard computers. Go to www.mcleodsoftware.com.

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