AOL Doing Some Mobile Search Testing

AOL, who currently offers a bare bones mobile web portal along with a mobile version of AIM has started to beta test some new services and tools according to this BetaNews.com story.

The article quotes an AOL spokesperson:

"The goal is to allow mobile users to browse conventional HTML Web pages, enter specific URLs and access the AOL Search, Pinpoint Shopping and AOL Yellow Pages offerings – just as they would from the desktop – to easily find whatever they may need."

I was told earlier today that the beta was only open to AOL subscribers on the Sprint network. However, a few minutes ago I was able to access the beta site on the open web with my Treo 650. The beta currently allows you to search the web (Google results), yellow pages, and a mobile web version of AOL's Pinpoint Shopping site.

Postscript: AOL tells me that access is only available for certain mobile devices and from certain carriers.