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Short Take: Verizon signs BarPoint.com deal

Verizon Wireless, the company created by combining the wireless units of Bell Atlantic and Vodafone AirTouch, has signed an agreement to use technology from BarPoint.com, a wireless comparison shopping company. The deal will allow, by June, Verizon's 23 million subscribers to access product price information by inputting Universal Product Code (UPC) numbers, the numeric digits on a bar code, into a mobile phone. The service is intended to allow people to check comparable e-commerce prices prior to making a purchase in a brick-and-mortar store. InfoSpace offers a similar service.

    Verizon Wireless, the company created by combining the wireless units of Bell Atlantic and Vodafone AirTouch, has signed an agreement to use technology from BarPoint.com, a wireless comparison shopping company. The deal will allow, by June, Verizon's 23 million subscribers to access product price information by inputting Universal Product Code (UPC) numbers, the numeric digits on a bar code, into a mobile phone. The service is intended to allow people to check comparable e-commerce prices prior to making a purchase in a brick-and-mortar store. InfoSpace offers a similar service.