13 Cool Things you might not know you could do with your cell phone
By Guest Blogger | Friday, August 08, 2008 (permalink)
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This week we asked bloggers around the Internet for ideas on how a cell phone can help while on vacation or help plan a vacation. Our final post comes from Matt Jansen, to read more from Matt check out his metaViper blog.
As mobile phones continue to add features on top of their
core calling functionality, more and more they're resembling fully functional
mobile computers. Smartphones are the beginning, but some devices like Apple's iPhone
and Sprint's Instinct are stretching into new territory. And that evolution is great
for vacationers because it means that the same access to information and
applications that's available at home follows them everywhere.
But which of the comforts of home are most relevant to
someone on vacation? Certainly a lot of that depends on the individual but I'm
willing to bet that there are some frequent requests, the most obvious probably
being good phone coverage and Internet access.
Can anyone even remember when you had to be at home or work
to make a phone call?
Cell phone carriers are offer a variety of packages that
include Internet access. With AT&T it costs about $130 per month for an
unlimited data plan, and Sprint is making waves with its $100 plan that
includes unlimited data plus unlimited access to most of its other services.
Here are some other services that might be useful while on
vacation, organized by task:
- Gmail mobile, provides a simplified
mobile web site and a downloadable application.
- Yahoo Go essentially provides a
portal interface for your phone, including e-mail and flexible widgets for
- Teleflip takes a different approach
by converting e-mails you specify into text messages sent to your phone.
Great for people without a data plan.
for good restaurants
- Google SMS is the
popular first choice for finding local restaurants or any other sort of
business. Text message a query and receive results back in a few minutes.
- Google 411 allows you to do the
same thing using your voice and it's still free.
TextBuyIt , if you've got a good keyword, UPC or ISBN text it to
Amazon for a response back on
price and the option to purchase via a phone call.
and send pictures to friends back home
of phones provide the ability to take pictures and e-mail them out to
friends and family. Just memorize where that camera button is.
- Flickr also offers the
ability to upload files to its service via e-mail or through a series of
third party partners.
video of special moments
are usually pretty easy to e-mail as well.
- YouTube allows you to upload
videos using MMS.
a daily log of activities to remember the good times
- Jott can help with this by allowing you
to voice dictate your narrative and translating the audio to text.
to emergency services
every mobile phone provides 911 access even when a service plan isn't
active. Outside of the United
States things get a bit more complex.
where you went while you were traveling
phones like the Sony Ericsson allow you to mark a location on the map and
create a log entry which could then link up with a site like EveryTrail. iPhone 2.0 also
incorporates this feature.
other single people for dating, especially since you're in unfamiliar
an application like MobiLuck to wirelessly
link up with other users nearby looking for love. Of course, eye contact
can work wonders too.
your bank account to see how much fun money is left
major banks offer mobile banking, it usually requires a data plan and
phones offer an installed application that will allow you to customize
tip percentages and provide the tip total plus the grand total.
and AT&T both have integrated with Pandora Mobile, so your tunes
travel easier than ever.
is easy with the Simply Everything plan with Sprint, which offers
unlimited access to various mobile TV channels. It requires a separate fee