|MSN Offers Local Phone/PDA Search|
I don't know of anywhere this was talked about but on their search blog that is basically a press release.
Posted with permission:
|...to deliver the MSN Local Search Beta to your mobile device! Currently available in the US, Mobile Search is available on Windows Mobile devices, as well as new phones with WAP 2.0 browsers. To try out the service, launch your phone’s web browser, and go to [mobile.msn.com...] and select "Beta Services" from the main menu. |
So what does it do? You can search for a restaurant, store, school, dentist, museum – basically, anything listed in the Yellow Pages and White Pages. Just enter your search term (i.e. “coffee” or “Victrola” ) and location (zip code, city/state or full street address) and hit the Search button. Your recently used locations are even stored and easily accessible the next time you use the service. We’ll return the first handful of results, including name, address, distance from your current location and phone number – which you can dial by clicking! Select the result name and you’ll see a page with more detail, including a color map. Select “get directions” and we’ll provide turn-by-turn driving directions between your starting location and result address (both editable). All of these features have been specially designed to work on your phone, requiring minimal interaction and optimized for speed and ease of use.
We’ll be adding many more features like SMS and 'send to phone' in the coming months, so check back often. We're very interested in your feedback, so tell us what you think.
Aron Holzman and the MSN Mobile Search team
MSN has done a great job integrating many features into phones.
The fact that with my phone I can dial or email hotmail contacts, use messenger, search MSN, etc, has made MSN one of my defaults with all my mobile devices.
The integration of their mobile services is much easier to use than some of the other offerings currently out there for non-pda phones.