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Cell Phones And PDAs Revolutionize How Consumers Find Homes On's new free and easy downloadable application allows consumers and REALTORS to search for listings with their cell phones or PDA's anytime and any place.
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 30, 2007, the nation's most comprehensive real estate network, just launched the next generation real estate search technology, Mobile. With a free and easy downloadable application, consumers and REALTORS can now perform searches for real-estate listings from their cell phone or PDA anytime, anywhere. "We developed Mobile because more people are using hand held devices to access information on the road," said Senior Vice President, Product Development, Joe DeTuno. "Through this new mobile technology, consumers now have current listings with property details at their finger tips whenever they want it."

To begin using Mobile, house hunters simply take their Windows Mobile enabled cell phone or PDA, go here, download and install the application and they're ready to begin their search.

Instead of cruising neighborhoods or searching ads, consumers can now use Mobile to search for homes using criteria including city, state or zip codes, price range, as well as number of bedrooms and bathrooms. If a prospective home looks interesting and is close by, a simple touch of the "Contact Details" feature connects the house hunter with the listing agent or broker.

"One of the more exciting elements of Mobile is the 'Homes Near By' feature," said President, Errol Samuelson. "If you're walking or driving through a neighborhood and see a 'For Sale' sign, one click of a button delivers a photo with all of the property details right to you. With another quick click, you're connected with the listing agent or broker. There's no waiting or wondering because you have instant results. We think the mobility, immediacy and convenience of Mobile will revolutionize the way people search for homes."

Home Page Features
Similar to the Web site interface, Mobile features a user-friendly Home Page with several new search and save options. The Homes Near By search feature expands this locator function by searching for listings that meet the selection criteria within a 10-mile range. The Find a Home search option lets you search listings in a particular city/state combination or zip code, with an additional filter allowing for specifications such as number of beds, number of baths and price range. Favorite listings can be stored in a Saved Items search folders for future reference and comparison. To use the Homes Near By feature, consumers need to be equipped with a GPS-enabled mobile device that runs Window Mobile OS.

Mapping and Driving Directions
To help find and view homes or neighborhoods, Mobile also offers maps and driving directions to each home for sale in the area. Through this feature, house hunters can view the home on a map, get driving directions and plot the most convenient route for multiple homes, creating their own home tour. This feature allows house hunters to save information and access it online or offline. In addition, consumers can save the most commonly used addresses such as home and office, as well as the most commonly viewed listings, to avoid retyping or remembering previous searches. Mobile can be used with devices running Windows Mobile 5.0 OS, including HP hw6965, HP hw6925, Palm Treo 700w (or Palm Treo 700wx), AT and T 8525 , Cingular 8125, O2 Xda Stealth and Audiovox XV6700.

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T-Mobile Austria Customers Can Avoid Getting Lost With GPS SatNav From TeleNav
London UK (SPX) Jul 30, 2007
T-Mobile Austria customers may never again have to stop to ask for directions, worry about carrying around paper maps, or buy expensive navigation devices for their cars. They can now receive turn-by-turn GPS-enabled voice and on-screen directions directly from their BlackBerry smartphone through a new service called TeleNav GPS Navigator. The service is available immediately on four BlackBerry smartphones - the BlackBerry 8800 (with built-in GPS), the BlackBerry Pearl, the BlackBerry 8700 and the BlackBerry 7130 (all require a Bluetooth GPS receiver).

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