Thursday, December 01, 2005

MapQuest

If you got wireless MapQuest has Directions and Maps formatted for PDA's. Remember to set the Fit to Screen setting on IE. If you use AvantGo to synchronize data you can also use it to sync maps with directions from a query.

Maporama is another provider of maps and directions for PDA's that can be used with AvantGo.

Find Me

MapQuest also offers for those with Motorola phones (and Blackberries) with GPS enabled and Nextel data plans Find Me, a location-based service, that includes turn by turn directions, "the largest" POI (point-of-interest) database based on your current location or a US address. You can share you location with family and friends thru SMS and/or a secure, private website. POI's can be stored on your own address book and sync'ed it to a phone.

The following Motorola iDen Java phones are supported: i265, i275, i710, i730/i733/i736, i830, i860, i930 and the BlackBerry 7520 and 7100i.

Two plans are offered: $5.99 a month includes 300 Kilobytes of data consumption, while for $3.99 you have to pay for data access separately (they also seem to use different map data if you can figure out the difference between the crypt references PDSMAPQ1 and PDSMAPQ2).