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2005-04-14

Google improves mobile phone use again, for free

Google's new free service for PDA phones is another winner. Just enter http://mobile.google.com/local into your phone's browser, and you'll quickly see a mobile-friendly home page which asks for your location, and remembers if for subsequent requests (until you change it).

Maps, directions, store locations, even click-through dialing;this thing is slick, and a nice step up from their SMS-based text-only locator.

Text-only from Google? Well, you send an SMS to 46645 {which is GOOGL on a dialpad} and then the name of the store, to get the address and phone numbers back in very short order.

Both are good demos of what a PDA phone can do for you, and will help win the hearts and minds of folks who want 'just a phone.'

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