The Oracle unit said it will team with Metrocall and Research in Motion (RIM), both wireless data and messaging firms.
The emphasis on a wireless strategy by leading e-commerce and technology companies reflects the anticipation that the market for wireless services is about to take off. In the past few months, companies such as Palm Computing, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon.com, Charles Schwab and others have rushed to offer wireless services.
Oracle's service, dubbed "Ask@OracleMobile," will allow people to access information such as stock quotes, driving directions and flight information from OracleMobile's wireless portal.
These services are designed for any Web- or messaging-enabled device, including Web phones, pagers, Palm Pilots, Blackberry devices and other wireless personal digital assistants (PDAs) or handhelds, the company said. The consumer service is free of charge.
OracleMobile was launched in February to focus on the rapidly emerging wireless Internet market.