This week American Express Business Travel announced a new tool for road warriors. This new mobile travel solution can help those who spend as much time on the road as they do in the home office streamline their on-trip experience.
The mobileXtend is designed to provide destination-specific details, such as corporate approved rates for travel-related services. The tool can provide maps to the best places to eat near the hotel or office, allow road warriors to check to see if the hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi and whether there is a charge, and includes helpful tips on the weather. The mobileXtend can also be used to find alternative flights, and even be used for two-way text messaging with any handset that features SMS text messaging. This solution is compatible with the Apple iPhone as well as BlackBerry smartphones, and will work with any SMS enabled handset.
“Both business travelers and the companies that keep them on the road recognize the importance of mobile capabilities and mobile’s potential to provide better communication, control and service,” said Lisa Durocher, senior vice president, American Express Business Travel.
Key features of the mobileXtend include:
- Itinerary management with on-time alert service
- Traveler enabled keyword-based requests, which allows users to text “taxi” to receive responses on services with phone numbers
- Dinning search and reservation options
- World clocks
- Map integrations
- Click-to-call a travel agent
- Social media integration
Additional information about mobileXtend is available from the American Express Business Traveler website.
Sprint Offers Memorial Day Travel Support and Beyond with WHERE
After the winter that wouldn’t end it is hard to believe but Memorial Day is just around the corner. And if you’re traveling further than just around the corner, Sprint has you covered with apps that will guide you even after you get back to business.
While trailing behind Verizon and AT&T, mobile carrier Sprint is focusing on users who travel, noting that consumers can get apps for their handsets through the Android Market, BlackBerry App World and GetJar, and use the WHERE search directory to find information on local businesses. WHERE further offers opportunities to users to save money with offers and coupons and WHERE will be preloaded on select Sprint phones launching in 2010.
Sennheiser Brings Out the Bluetooth
While the jury is still out on whether mobile phones might cause cancer or any other health related problems, there continues to be a movement towards cordless earpieces when using a mobile phone. The problem here is that most of those are still not all that good when it comes to clarity and reliability. Fortunately a company that knows how to make quality headphones has entered the arena.
The name Sennheiser isn’t likely as well known beyond audiophiles and professional musicians. And now the company that made its name in the recording studio has introduced a stylish new Bluetooth headset that features the same quality audio performance. The EZX 60 features digital noise cancellation to ensure that you don’t have to ask your colleagues to repeat what they’re saying while also reducing echoes and background noises. The device connects easily to practically any Bluetooth-enabled handset via Bluetooth 2.1 wireless technology, and it is comfortable for extended conversations, and most importantly its sleek design that won’t make you look more cyborg than human.