January 09, 2006
New Cell Phone Concierge Service
Quick -- if asked, which mobile communication gadget do you think is most prevalent? I'd have to say it was the cell phone, including all the convergence variations.
That's why I like services that work easily for cell users, and not just the smartphones either. Things like Google SMS -- their free text message service that acts like Google for your phone. It's already helped me on the go many times, both around town and while traveling. Occasionally, it's even useful to send or receive e-mail via an ordinary cell phone and additional free services like Teleflip really make it easy.
Here's a newer one worth checking out: CNet News just covered AskMeNow, a pay-for service (49 cents per question, billed to your cell phone) that employs a research team who tries to answer and respond to your question via a text message within a mere three minutes. There's also a variety of free automated services per the web site: "Weather, Movie Times, 411 listings, Sports Scores, Directions, Horoscopes, Flight Information, Stock Quotes and more."
While there are limits on what they're willing to answer (for obvious reasons), the price is reasonable. If all you have handy is your trusty cell phone, the AskMeNow service just may be able to provide answers missed by other automated services. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds great for travelers, particularly as we all know how limiting those tiny screens are for web surfing. Let someone else's fingers do the walking.
Topic(s): Mobile Tech & Gadgets
Posted by Jeff Beard