For sometime GPS like information has been available on cell phones in foreign countries. For instance, in Korea, you can look up where your buddy is currently located. Sprint/Nextel has just introduced a similar option called “MapQuest Find Me?. Available on the Blackberry 7520 it will enable Sprint/Nextel customers to view their location on the device and find near by restaurants, lodging – points of interest basically. It will also allow invited friends and family to view their location.

In addition to access to “Mapquest Find Me?, customers will be able to enjoy wireless walkie-talkie service, along with your bevy of standard Blackberry features.

  • Location-Based Group Communication: Create private networks where other “MapQuest Find Me” users, such as colleagues, friends and family members, can opt-in to exchange and share their current locations. Users can find their network members on a buddy list-type feature and view their locations on a map, right on their wireless device or online at a private web site.
  • Alerts & Notifications: Set up alerts to be notified via SMS or email when users (who opt-in to share their location) arrive or depart from a designated area
  • Automatic Location Reporting: Leverage GPS technology to easily identify your current location without manually entering an address, ZIP code or other information.
  • Points of Interest Locator: Find hotels, conference centres, banks, restaurants, theaters and other points of interest based on their proximity to your current location or any U.S. address.
  • Interactive Maps and Driving Directions: Get interactive maps and text-based turn-by-turn directions to any destination in the United States.
  • Convenient Address Book: Store addresses or points of interest to save time when you need directions again. Update your Address Book on the Web and automatically refresh information on your wireless device.
  • Peace of Mind: Send your location as a text message to trusted colleagues, friends and family members or allow them to view your location on a private web site.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."