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GPS Phone Tells Others Where You Are 161

Posted by kdawson
from the twig-me dept.
An anonymous reader writes, "According to CNet, a company called Benefon has launched a cell phone with a built in GPS receiver — nothing new there. However, this particular GPS cell phone, called the Twig, does something extra. It can send your GPS coordinates to another Twig owner and then that person can navigate directly to you using the preloaded navigation software. Sounds like this could save a lot of time and effort when trying to explain to the in-laws where your new apartment is." The article says that the phone will cost £330 in the UK, or about $625.
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GPS Phone Tells Others Where You Are

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  • location awareness (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Keruo (771880) * on Tuesday October 31, 2006 @09:27PM (#16667667)
    Location awareness is one of the key elements in 4G spec.
    It opens several great possibilities for applications using your current location.

    At library or movie theatre? no problemo, phone goes in silent mode automatically.

    Focused advertising, when going past some store, you get discount offers to your phone.(where permitted by law)

    Need to find restaurant but stuck in weird part of city? no problemo, your cell phone
    knows where you are and can probably recommend good place, and even give directions how to get there.

    You're lost and you fell down and broke your hip/ankle etc and can't walk? no problemo, your phone
    can give your location with greater accurancy than triangulating by cell towers.

    Those are just some crude ideas, the possibilities are almost limitless.

    GPS phones from Benefon aren't that much of news tho, they have been manufacturing them since ~2000 or so.
  • Re:Yawn... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Zadaz (950521) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @12:56AM (#16669291)
    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. And the other person only needs a web-enabled phone to see where I am [duogate.jp].

    But then again I bought this phone in Japan 2 years ago for less than $200. It only has:
    - GPS/Navi
    - TV/DVR
    - 2 MP camera.
    - Music player
    - QR Code reader.
    - English and Japanese translation dictionaries.

    Probably time to upgrade.
  • by billlion (101976) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @01:24AM (#16669447)
    It is nothing new. The European version of the Motorola A780 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A780 [wikipedia.org]does this. It is a Linux flip phone with GPS and the CoPilot navigation/mapping software enables people the owner authorizes to track the phone on a web site.

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