Onyomo, the & #BANNER1 & # start-up by IIT-Delhi alumnus Shailesh Mehta, has launched a mobile WAP (wireless access protocol) site for local search. The site can be accessed through GPRS on www.owap.in on GSM phones. The service is not currently available on CDMA. The service is also available via SMS, which works by sending keywords to a short code.
For now, the site will only be available in Delhi & NCR, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune -- to be soon extended to other cities. The site allows mobile users to search in 13 categories including ATMs, restaurants and movies. Mehta says that the service has 85 per cent of the database in these categories, through tie-up with various information providers.
Onmoyo was launched in January 2006 with India's first local search engine, O-Gyan, which is also available on SMS. The company also tied up with radio station Big FM earlier this month for its local SMS search on the station's short code, 5454.
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