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Location-based Services

Location-based services, such as maps and directions, are well-suited for use with mobile phones because your location is often new or always changing. Get local road directions or conditions, local retail store information, and other location-specific information.

Some of the services or information below require some software to be first downloaded to your mobile device. Some services require a GPS-enabled mobile device. Use the mobile Web addresses below on your cell phone.

  • Earthcomber – Ultimate Personal Navigator lets you lookup nearby spots, such as ATMs, restaurants, bars, historical places, WiFi hotspots, stores, theaters and gas stations.
  • Flagr – Shareware application lets you share your favorite places and the places you have been with your friends.
  • Google Maps for Mobile – View highway maps with "live" traffic data. Available for 30 U.S. cities. To download, visit http://www.google.com/gmm from cell phone Web browser.
  • KMaps (uLocate Place Locator) – Subscribers can lookup information on local places, such as restaurants, hotels, gas stations and ATM machines. For Treo phones.
  • MapQuest Mobile – Subscribe to a premium downloadable application for Java or BREW phone, or use a free service for a Web-enabled phone.
  • Mobile GMaps – Free application displays Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Windows Live Local (MSN Virtual Earth) and Ask.com Maps and satellite imagery on Java-enabled mobile devices.
  • Nextel GPS Solutions – Remotely locate, track and manage employees and assets.
  • PlacesTodo – Post and share places you have been.
  • SearchQuest – GPS search, map and navigation application for PDAs and smartphones.
  • Socialight – Post multimedia notes about places you see as you go.
  • Sprint Roadside Rescue – Provides roadside assistance and driving directions to subscribers.

Note – There are two markup languages used to design mobile Web pages and referenced above. Your mobile phone browser may or may not support them:

  • HDML (Handheld Device Markup Language) – is Openwave's proprietary Web markup language. HDML pages can only be viewed on Web-enabled mobile phones that use an Openwave browser. HDML was developed before WAP. It uses Openwave's Handheld Device Transport Protocol (HDTP) instead of WAP.
  • WML (Wireless Markup Language) – is an open Web markup language developed by Openwave and based on HDML. WML pages can be viewed on any mobile device that supports WAP. WML is supported by almost every mobile phone browser around the world.

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