Holiday Season Tips

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Mark Peters
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Tips for holiday season shoppers

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Tuesday, January 2nd 2007 - 00:31 CET - Comments: 0
T his holiday season, whether traveling over the hills and through the woods to Grandma's house, or just to the mall, wireless customers across the country - all 227 million of them - are moving beyond simple voice calls and text messages to discover powerful new applications on their wireless devices. Wireless interactive tools now offer everything from driving directions to restaurant recommendations while more entertaining features deliver mobile videos and games. Cingular offers these ten tips for shoppers and travelers this holiday season to take advantage of all their handset has to offer:
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1.  Get to the party on time.  Download driving directions to holiday parties and events directly to your phone with Mapquest Mobile or Cingular Navigator, which also gives you audio and visual instructions.


2. You've got the right directions, but there's a traffic jam. Rand McNally Traffic serves 94 metro areas with up-to-the-minute information on traffic jams and alternate routes.


3. Who knows which bottle of wine to take to a holiday party? Wine Spectator Mobile Companion can help.  This service has ratings, vintage charts and more to help make the perfect selection.


4. Need recommendations for the perfect restaurant to host a holiday party?  Zagat to Go will recommend the best locations based on your budget and location, along with restaurant ratings.


5. Want to check the weather forecast before you hit the road? My-Cast Mobile is like having a meteorologist in your pocket! It provides current U. S. weather conditions including real-time Doppler radar and satellite imagery centered on your location of interest. View temps, winds, dew point and sky conditions and more.


6. Watching your caloric intake? Use your phone to look up tips and food databases from Atkins2Go.


7. Need to keep your child busy while you finish your shopping? For young children who need a distraction in traffic or in the mall, BabySitter 2Go offers five captivating, interactive and animated scenes for hours of fun and learning.


8. Need to de-stress?  Let your wireless phone help.  AMA Stress Buster invites users to track daily stress levels while offering advice on how to solve problems and relax.


9. Not sure if a gift is the right choice?  Most new phones are equipped with cameras that make it a snap to instantly send a photo of the item to a trusted advisor.


10. Send some cheer to everyone who calls you with Answer Tones. Instead of a standard ring, callers will hear the song you choose before you answer. Choose from many holiday tones or try the shuffle feature so callers will hear a different jolly song every time they call.


Buying your kids a cell phone this holiday?

For parents this holiday season, Cingular takes the worry out of wireless. Parental Controls is a free service from Cingular that allows parents to block handset access to the wireless Internet or prevent purchases of games, ringtones and graphics.


Wonder what the coverage will be before you purchase service?

Cingular takes the guesswork out of traveling with a wireless handset or high-speed data laptop card. Cingular's coverage viewer, available at, gives street-level wireless signal detail. This service allows users to search by landmarks or addresses and shows coverage for Cingular's 3G network with the fastest data transfer speeds.


Traveling abroad this holiday?

Cingular offers the convenience of one phone number across the globe. Cingular's network operates on GSM, the global standard for mobile communications, which means customers can roam seamlessly with their devices in more than 210 countries. For more information on international wireless use, customer may visit the Cingular travelguide web section.

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