According to new survey from Sabre Travel Network, a smartphone might just be a business traveler’s best friend. The handset is becoming one of the most preferred means for managing post-booking activities and for acquiring pertinent information.
What this basically means is that the smartphone isn’t being used to book travel (yet), but it is being used to check flight information, confirm car rentals and hotel bookings. Smartphones are being used by corporate and leisure travelers to get timely information. The breakdown among those respondents with a smartphone are interesting as well.
- 47 percent of smartphone owners in the survey were 40 years of age or older
- 63 percent use it to check e-mail
- 49 percent use it to browse the mobile Internet
- 72 percent said they use a smartphone for flight notification
- 68 percent for weather forecasts
- 67 percent for viewing hotel locations via mapping apps or mobile Web maps
- 64 percent for flight performance
- 64 percent for information and/or city guides.
The survey found that Europeans are also leading Americans in use of mobile smartphones:
- 71 percent of Europeans are interested in using their handsets to check in for flights, 64 percent of Americans are interested in the same
- 64 percent of Europeans would like to select/change seats via their smart phone, higher than the 59 percent of North Americans
- 55 percent of Europeans would use their mobile device to track their baggage, while only 45 percent of North Americans would do the same
- 54 percent of Europeans would like to use their smart phones to book flight upgrades, compared to 44 percent of North Americans
Mobile Business Travel Apps of the Week:
Staying in Synch
While it isn’t easy to put a price on the value of the data on your mobile phone, you can put a price on making sure that your important data can be recovered should you lose or break your phone. For $2.99 a month or $35.99 annually, there is CyberSynchs, which allows you to back up your mobile data, including contacts, calendar notes, music, ringtones and text messages. This information can be synched to a secure server that can be accessed from practically anywhere. So you can retrieve your contacts and even stuff like voicemails and ringtones without needing to have the phone with you. Better still should your phone be lost or stolen, you can even erase everything from the handset while maintaining the CyberSynchs backup.
The Phantom Menace
Ignorance of the law is no excuse, even if it happens to be a carefully placed speed camera right by a reduced speed zone. To help you avoid a potentially unpleasant ticket in the mail, the PhantomALERT app for the Android (as well as Blackberry and iPhone) will provide you with information on more than 250,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada, and this includes speed cameras, red light cameras and other photo-enforced traffic roads. Information is provided through an audio and visual display, but that doesn’t mean you take your eyes off the road. Likewise, while this can help you avoid tickets, the best way to do so is still to follow the rules of the road, but it still helps to have an app on your side. The PhantomALERT is available for download at $39.99 for a yearly subscription.
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