Oct 23, 2007

New Enhancements for MapQuest for Mobile Web

On the heels of our launch of MapQuest Beta, we’re following it up with some exciting enhancements to MapQuest for Mobile Web, a.k.a. our ‘WAP’ site. If you haven’t tried MapQuest on your web-enabled cell phone, I’ll give you an overview and then introduce the new enhancements to our service.

Almost all mobile phones sold in the last few years can give you access to the mobile web, so it’s not like you have to have the latest gadget! Just go to www.mapquest.com on your phone’s mobile web browser and you’ll be able to find places, get maps and directions – ‘right-sized’ for your mobile phone. Millions of people are already using MapQuest for Mobile Web every month, and we’re helping them get where they need to go, while they’re on the go.

Here are the basics. In “Find a Place” you can search 16 million Points of Interest and find restaurants, hotels, parks, and more; just by putting in a name, zip, intersection or city. On most carriers you’ll also enjoy our Click to Call feature; where you can simply click the phone number within the searched location and immediately call the business. Use Map a Location to get maps of the US and Canada that you can pan and zoom. And, in “Get Directions” you’ll find reliable turn by turn directions just like online – only right on your phone. You can also choose advanced route options to avoid highways or toll roads.

And now we’re introducing additional valuable features to our mobile-web service.

Gas Prices
OK, we’re all shocked at the price of gas these days, but perhaps MapQuest can help ease your pain a bit. Now you can find the lowest priced gas on MapQuest for Mobile Web. Simply click on the ‘Find Gas Prices’, and you can find local stations by price, distance or the station name. So, whether you’re running on “E”, or just looking to save a buck, MapQuest Gas Prices can help you out.

Multi-point directions
Making more than one stop along your way?We’ve upgraded our ‘Get Directions’ link, to make multiple stops on a trip or while running errands. You can now add up to six locations to your route and get turn-by-turn directions from point A to B to C, etc, displayed right on your phone’s screen.

Walking Directions
Taking on the city on foot? MapQuest for Mobile Web now has a Walking Directions option that displays the most direct route for pedestrians. Our walking routes ignore one-way streets and provide you with the shortest distance available.

So there you have it, enhanced features to make your on the go experience even better. Type in www.mapquest.com into your mobile browser and you’re on your way.

Note: Check with your carrier about mobile web access – sometimes it’s included with your service, but they may charge a small additional fee for web browsing or it may count toward your minutes.