'Consumer Reports to Go' Going Mobile with AvantGo

Free Buying Advice Now Available to Mobile and Wireless Users;

Full Unbiased Ratings, Recommendations to be Offered Later This Summer



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Consumers Union

    YONKERS, N.Y., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, for the first time ever,
 users of mobile and wireless devices who subscribe to the AvantGo mobile
 Internet service can access free buying advice from selected Consumer Reports
 product review categories.  "Consumer Reports to Go" is the result of an
 agreement between Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, and
 AvantGo, Inc., the leading provider of mobile infrastructure software and
 services.  Later this year, ConsumerReports.org subscribers using their PDAs
 will also be able to download Consumer Reports' objective, unbiased ratings
 and recommendations.
     "This agreement with AvantGo extends Consumer Reports' ability to help
 consumers by providing access to valuable buying advice while they are
 shopping.  Consumer Reports' helpful buying advice is now available in the
 newest media at the point-of-purchase -- hand-held personal digital assistants
 and smart phones," said John Sateja, Vice President, New Media at Consumers
 Union.  "Consumer Reports is dedicated to helping consumers make the most
 informed purchasing decisions, on the spot."
     The agreement between Consumer Reports and AvantGo will roll out in stages
 to mobile and wireless consumers.  Initially, Consumer Reports' buying advice
 will be available at no charge to AvantGo service subscribers for download to
 their PDA.  Over the coming months, subscribers to
 http://www.ConsumerReports.org will be able to download Consumer Reports
 ratings and reports to their PDA.
     "Consumers Union, one of the most respected and prestigious publishers in
 the world, will bring a new level of in-depth content to the AvantGo mobile
 Internet service" said Mike Aufricht, General Manager of AvantGo Mobile
 Internet.  "And we're pleased to help Consumers Union extend its valuable
 information to its existing customers, as well as acquire new paid
 subscriptions."
     When accessed on a personal digital assistant or smart phone, the sorting,
 navigation and usability of Consumer Reports' buying information will rival
 that of most desktop-optimized web sites, with no special end-user set-up
 necessary.
 
     About Consumer Reports
     Consumer Reports provides consumers with an independent, impartial source
 of product and service ratings and recommendations, based on its unique,
 expert lab testing and survey research.  All visitors to the
 ConsumerReports.org Web site have access at no cost to helpful advice, safety
 alerts, recalls, an auto-information hub, and much more.  Site subscribers
 receive product and service ratings and recommendations, unlimited access to
 the latest issue of Consumer Reports, more than four years of archived
 reports, exclusive product reliability data, e-Ratings of online shopping
 sites, message boards and more.  There are two types of subscriptions: an
 annual subscription for $24 (current subscribers to the magazine can join for
 $19 per year), or a monthly subscription for $3.95.  ConsumerReports.org is
 the largest paid magazine subscription site on the Web, with more than
 540,000 paid subscribers (as of March 2001).  Subscriptions to Consumer
 Reports printed magazine and other information products are available through
 the ConsumerReports.org web store.
     Consumer Reports magazine and ConsumerReports.org are published by
 Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit testing and information-gathering
 organization, serving only the consumer.  They are a comprehensive source of
 unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health,
 nutrition, and other consumer concerns.  Since 1936, Consumers Union's mission
 has been to test products, inform the public, and protect consumers.
 
     About AvantGo
     AvantGo, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVGO) is the leading provider of infrastructure
 software and services that power the mobile economy.  AvantGo Enterprise
 software enables businesses to increase the value of their corporate
 information systems by extending existing enterprise applications and critical
 information to employees, customers and business partners.  The company also
 provides the AvantGo mobile Internet service, a hosted network that enables
 hundreds of businesses to deliver their content and applications to more than
 two million mobile consumers.  AvantGo is a pioneer in delivering real-world
 solutions for both wireless and off-line use.  For more information, please
 visit http://www.avantgo.com.
 
     Cautionary Statement
     Except for historical information, all of the expectations and assumptions
 contained in the foregoing are forward-looking statements involving risks and
 uncertainties.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
 materially from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited
 to, the ability of the parties to launch the subscription version of Consumer
 Reports later this year.  For additional information regarding these and other
 risks associated with the companies' business refer to the companies' reports
 filed with the SEC.
 
 

SOURCE Consumers Union
    YONKERS, N.Y., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, for the first time ever,
 users of mobile and wireless devices who subscribe to the AvantGo mobile
 Internet service can access free buying advice from selected Consumer Reports
 product review categories.  "Consumer Reports to Go" is the result of an
 agreement between Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, and
 AvantGo, Inc., the leading provider of mobile infrastructure software and
 services.  Later this year, ConsumerReports.org subscribers using their PDAs
 will also be able to download Consumer Reports' objective, unbiased ratings
 and recommendations.
     "This agreement with AvantGo extends Consumer Reports' ability to help
 consumers by providing access to valuable buying advice while they are
 shopping.  Consumer Reports' helpful buying advice is now available in the
 newest media at the point-of-purchase -- hand-held personal digital assistants
 and smart phones," said John Sateja, Vice President, New Media at Consumers
 Union.  "Consumer Reports is dedicated to helping consumers make the most
 informed purchasing decisions, on the spot."
     The agreement between Consumer Reports and AvantGo will roll out in stages
 to mobile and wireless consumers.  Initially, Consumer Reports' buying advice
 will be available at no charge to AvantGo service subscribers for download to
 their PDA.  Over the coming months, subscribers to
 http://www.ConsumerReports.org will be able to download Consumer Reports
 ratings and reports to their PDA.
     "Consumers Union, one of the most respected and prestigious publishers in
 the world, will bring a new level of in-depth content to the AvantGo mobile
 Internet service" said Mike Aufricht, General Manager of AvantGo Mobile
 Internet.  "And we're pleased to help Consumers Union extend its valuable
 information to its existing customers, as well as acquire new paid
 subscriptions."
     When accessed on a personal digital assistant or smart phone, the sorting,
 navigation and usability of Consumer Reports' buying information will rival
 that of most desktop-optimized web sites, with no special end-user set-up
 necessary.
 
     About Consumer Reports
     Consumer Reports provides consumers with an independent, impartial source
 of product and service ratings and recommendations, based on its unique,
 expert lab testing and survey research.  All visitors to the
 ConsumerReports.org Web site have access at no cost to helpful advice, safety
 alerts, recalls, an auto-information hub, and much more.  Site subscribers
 receive product and service ratings and recommendations, unlimited access to
 the latest issue of Consumer Reports, more than four years of archived
 reports, exclusive product reliability data, e-Ratings of online shopping
 sites, message boards and more.  There are two types of subscriptions: an
 annual subscription for $24 (current subscribers to the magazine can join for
 $19 per year), or a monthly subscription for $3.95.  ConsumerReports.org is
 the largest paid magazine subscription site on the Web, with more than
 540,000 paid subscribers (as of March 2001).  Subscriptions to Consumer
 Reports printed magazine and other information products are available through
 the ConsumerReports.org web store.
     Consumer Reports magazine and ConsumerReports.org are published by
 Consumers Union, an independent, nonprofit testing and information-gathering
 organization, serving only the consumer.  They are a comprehensive source of
 unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health,
 nutrition, and other consumer concerns.  Since 1936, Consumers Union's mission
 has been to test products, inform the public, and protect consumers.
 
     About AvantGo
     AvantGo, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVGO) is the leading provider of infrastructure
 software and services that power the mobile economy.  AvantGo Enterprise
 software enables businesses to increase the value of their corporate
 information systems by extending existing enterprise applications and critical
 information to employees, customers and business partners.  The company also
 provides the AvantGo mobile Internet service, a hosted network that enables
 hundreds of businesses to deliver their content and applications to more than
 two million mobile consumers.  AvantGo is a pioneer in delivering real-world
 solutions for both wireless and off-line use.  For more information, please
 visit http://www.avantgo.com.
 
     Cautionary Statement
     Except for historical information, all of the expectations and assumptions
 contained in the foregoing are forward-looking statements involving risks and
 uncertainties.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
 materially from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited
 to, the ability of the parties to launch the subscription version of Consumer
 Reports later this year.  For additional information regarding these and other
 risks associated with the companies' business refer to the companies' reports
 filed with the SEC.
 
 SOURCE  Consumers Union