Posted May 14, 2007 10:12 am by with 9 comments

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If you own a GPS-enabled Sprint phone, you’re among the first to be able to test out Ask’s new Ask Mobile GPS mobile service.

With Ask Mobile GPS, you can:

  • Share your current location with anyone in your address book.
  • Get turn-by-turn driving or walking directions.
  • Tap into IAC’s comprehensive CitySearch database of local businesses, restaurants and services.
  • Send out, and respond to, Evite invitations.

The service is available on seven Sprint phones and will cost $9.99 per month. Ask is hoping that it can gain traction by offering a solid search platform with GPS, before others can.

“Up to 30 to 40 percent of what is done on the Web could move to mobile,” Ask’s CEO Jim Lanzone told Reuters. “At the end of the day, everyone needs to go mobile. But being early in the game can help lock people in for the long term.”

I haven’t tested the service, but the screenshots look neat. I think Ask’s biggest challenge is rolling this service out to other cell phone providers, before they ink similar deals with Yahoo, Google etc.

  • Ur,it looks marketable.However,I wonder if it could be used in other countery .what other hardware should be configure?

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  • I just read an article that in the UK the mobile internet usage is already 1/5th the size of wired internet usage. That’s huge numbers. I just can’t seem to do it myself. The screens are so small and the keyboards useless. I’ve tried using a Treo but it’s too big. Maybe I’m just getting old.

  • At $9.99 per month it sounds expensive to me.
    Hopefully with some more players jumping in the prices might go down and it becomes a viable option for people to use.

  • I think it will work only in US for some time. But I see also big potential in it.

  • This is realy cool. I hope that they offer this for more phones and services soon. My wife could really use this, LOL!

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  • bella

    My husband wrote this application and it is amazing. Not that I’m biased or anything. The phone knows where you are and you can search for banks, coffee, whatever you want. It will speak turn by turn driving or walking directions to you and if you make a wrong turn, it will know and automatically reroute you. The integration with evite means it will also give you directions to events and parties.

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