Tuesday, October 28, 2008

WorldMate Live coming

WorldMate has announced that they now have over a million S60 users of their free (and optionally paid for) service. I've included the brief press release below, also partly because the company promises that the next generation of their software, WorldMate Live, is 'currently in development'. The 'Live' version incorporates social elements such as itinerary sharing and contact discovery via overlapping travel plans.

"WorldMate, Inc., the company that has paved the way for mobile travel innovation since 2000 and serves frequent flyers and road warriors around the world, today announces that it now services over one million users on Nokia’s S60 platform. With more than 100,000 new Nokia owners signing up for WorldMate each month, more travelers than ever are managing their itineraries through their handsets.

WorldMate is a single source for easily accessible and actionable travel information. The free service is available on Nokia’s S60-based smartphones and is preloaded on millions of Nokia E-series handsets including the upcoming E66 and E71 devices. It is tailor made to assist business professionals both on the road and at home, and a large portion of WorldMate users interact with the service on a daily basis relying on unique real-time information including:

* Flight alerts — real-time notifications with gate changes, delays and cancellations for 175 airlines around the globe
* Weather services — Weathercaster™ audio forecasts, enhanced imagery, and animated satellite maps
* Contextually relevant tools-comprehensive flight schedules, clocks, and currency converters, allowing members to easily prepare for and access information about their travel

Already available on BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices, WorldMate Live for S60 is currently in development and will mark the most significant upgrade to the WorldMate service on the Nokia platform to date.

“The mix of the world’s most popular smartphone platform and WorldMate’s industry leading travel services has made our relationship with Nokia a resounding success,” said WorldMate CEO Nadav Gur. “We are committed to developing best of breed mobile services for Nokia’s users, and working together to achieve further success.”

WorldMate for S60 is available with the Nokia Download! catalogue and on smartphone browsers at www.mobimate.com."

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