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eBay Launches Mobile Web Experience for Smart Phones Based on Netbiscuits

Rich UI features improve the experience for buyers on the go

eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, has launched the new version of its mobile site. Optimized for smart phones the new site enables rich user experiences and provides new features allowing customers to buy and sell more conveniently via eBay on the go. The new eBay mobile site is based on Netbiscuits, the world's leading software service for cross-platform development, operation and management of mobile sites and apps.

Built in partnership with Netbiscuits, the new eBay mobile site gives users access to many features they've already used online. It allows buyers to browse categories, save and refine searches, sort results by price, time, and location, and find similar auctions or other items listed by the same seller.

The smart phone interface improvements of the new eBay mobile site include auto-complete for search requests, expandable swiping galleries for teaser and item pictures, remote content for galleries that don't require additional download, and a floating menu bar that keeps the most important controls always on the screen while users are scrolling through pages.

"We are proud to be working with Netbiscuits who we view as a key strategic partner", says Han-Shen Yuan, Director Platform Business Solutions and Mobile Engineering for eBay Inc. "The new mobile site is a major advancement in feature set and user experience for all of our smart phone using customers."

"At launch the new mobile site will be available only for iPhone users in the USA", Han-Shen Yuan continues. "A version optimized for Android-based smart phones will be launched shortly after. The global rollout to more countries and platforms is scheduled for 2011 which will allow us to provide a compelling mobile eBay experience for all of the 1000+ unique devices that visit eBay each month."

Netbiscuits exploits the rich and touch-based user interface capabilities of smart phones enabled by Apple, Android, BlackBerry and others and also guarantees optimized delivery to the less expensive but highly popular mass market feature phones as well. Adding to eBay's successful apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry the mobile portal allows the company to reach far more customers on the go.

"When discussing traffic numbers on a device basis, I think it's important to note that we've actively diverted millions of users from our mobile website m.ebay.com to our iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps", Han-Shen Yuan explains. "However, despite us proactively diverting traffic, mobile web revenue growth is increasing at the same pace as our mobile app business.  Therefore, it is important to have a mobile strategy that includes both mobile sites and apps."

"Mobile is rapidly changing the way people shop today", says Michael Neidhoefer, CEO of Netbiscuits. "Working closely together with eBay for more than seven years has enabled Netbiscuits to help shape the future of mobile commerce. Today our technology is deeply embedded into the DNA of the mobile Internet, enabling many brands and companies from the retail and commerce industry to take advantage of ‘the next big thing' in ecommerce."

Netbiscuits has been creating mobile solutions for eBay since 2003. Netbiscuits' technology enables more than 65 mobile sites for eBay in eight different markets worldwide, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Australia.

About Netbiscuits
Netbiscuits is the world's leading cloud software service for cross-platform development, operation and management of mobile sites and apps. The company serves the mobile Internet programs for premium online and media companies such as eBay, Universal Music, MTV Networks and Axel Springer, as well as leading agencies such as Sapient, Publicis, Razorfish and Ogilvy. Globally Netbiscuits processes more than 3.5 billion mobile page deliveries for its customers each month. Founded in 2000, the company has 85 employees in the USA, Germany, UK and Singapore.
The award winning Netbiscuits platform is available as a cloud-based software service (SaaS). At www.netbiscuits.com all tools, interfaces and mobile enabling technologies are provided to develop, publish, monitor, and monetize professional mobile web applications. By using Netbiscuits, media companies, agencies, retailers, brand owners, developers, and service providers achieve a faster path to profit from their mobile Internet programs. In 2009 Netbiscuits won the internationally recognized ME Award for the „Best Mobile Publishing Platform".

About eBay Inc.
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) connects millions of buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.

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