America Online introduced on Monday at the CTIA Wireless 2006 conference a new mobile browsing that adapts regular web pages to mobile screens.
The new mobile service will be added to its AOL.com mobile portal. AOL's mobile portal includes a search engine, the AIM instant messaging service, AOL Mail, AOL Pictures and news, entertainment and weather content.
The Time Warner subsidiary also announced on Monday an expansion of its partnership with Sprint (Profile, Products, Articles) Nextel Corp. to provide AOL's mobile portal services to all Sprint mobile subscribers in the U.S.
Meanwhile, AOL's online mapping unit MapQuest announced it plans to provide a mobile service that will provide spoken driving directions to users. Called MapQuest Navigator, the service is expected to become available via U.S. cell phone providers later this year.
MapQuest also announced that it now has a version of its web site specially formatted for mobile devices, which users can access by going to the following address
AOL, which built its business by providing dial-up Internet access, has been trying in recent years to boost its mobile offerings.