Let’s face it. How many times have you gone through the hassle of explaining your location to a friend or colleague over the phone? I remember the last time my friend wanted me to come to an exotic bar in a remote suburb of Colombo, I managed to take the longest route to get there!

The map application in my smartphone was strangely helpless because I was clueless about the destination I wanted to get to. In fact I was late to realize that not knowing the name of the street or building I want to get to, and using the maps for help is like trying to spot the elephant’s eye blindfolded.

Interestingly I came across this mobile application called AroundU on my Dialog phone a couple of days ago, which apparently attempts to eliminate all the fuss. This USSD based solution simply generates an MMS of your current location on request which can be either stored for your reference or shared with a friend. Pretty handy at first sight indeed. Regardless of it’s (yet to figure out) benefits it certainly saves a lot of my phone juice wasted on GPS when all I need is a quick glance of where I am lost!

 aroundU

Accessing this service is easy as two steps. You need to Dial #444# on your Dialog subscribed mobile, select AroundU and choose 1 of 4 options which includes obtaining current location and sharing it with a friend. The service costs you Rs. 2+ tax per request, GPRS charges applicable.

In all it’s simplicity, the only thing which was irritating was the size of the MMS. Even on my (somewhat huge) Galaxy S3 it was hard to make out the street names i had to bring the phone closer to my nose. And the MMS is only an image of my immediate area and doesn’t pinpoint my exact location like the bright blue droplet on Google Maps.

Certainly this service is not an alternative for the popular map applications in the market. Definitely not for those who are using the most awesome Nokia Maps. But it can become useful at times. Specially if you’re terrible at giving directions over the phone!

 

Have something interesting and IT related to share? email the editor@readme.lk

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Let’s face it. How many times have you gone through the hassle of explaining your location to a friend or colleague over the phone? I remember the last time my friend wanted me to come to an exotic bar in a remote suburb of Colombo, I managed to take the longest route to get there!

The map application in my smartphone was strangely helpless because I was clueless about the destination I wanted to get to. In fact I was late to realize that not knowing the name of the street or building I want to get to, and using the maps for help is like trying to spot the elephant’s eye blindfolded.

Interestingly I came across this mobile application called AroundU on my Dialog phone a couple of days ago, which apparently attempts to eliminate all the fuss. This USSD based solution simply generates an MMS of your current location on request which can be either stored for your reference or shared with a friend. Pretty handy at first sight indeed. Regardless of it’s (yet to figure out) benefits it certainly saves a lot of my phone juice wasted on GPS when all I need is a quick glance of where I am lost!

 aroundU

Accessing this service is easy as two steps. You need to Dial #444# on your Dialog subscribed mobile, select AroundU and choose 1 of 4 options which includes obtaining current location and sharing it with a friend. The service costs you Rs. 2+ tax per request, GPRS charges applicable.

In all it’s simplicity, the only thing which was irritating was the size of the MMS. Even on my (somewhat huge) Galaxy S3 it was hard to make out the street names i had to bring the phone closer to my nose. And the MMS is only an image of my immediate area and doesn’t pinpoint my exact location like the bright blue droplet on Google Maps.

Certainly this service is not an alternative for the popular map applications in the market. Definitely not for those who are using the most awesome Nokia Maps. But it can become useful at times. Specially if you’re terrible at giving directions over the phone!

 

Have something interesting and IT related to share? email the editor@readme.lk

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Let’s face it. How many times have you gone through the hassle of explaining your location to a friend or colleague over the phone? I remember the last time my friend wanted me to come to an exotic bar in a remote suburb of Colombo, I managed to take the longest route to get there!

The map application in my smartphone was strangely helpless because I was clueless about the destination I wanted to get to. In fact I was late to realize that not knowing the name of the street or building I want to get to, and using the maps for help is like trying to spot the elephant’s eye blindfolded.

Interestingly I came across this mobile application called AroundU on my Dialog phone a couple of days ago, which apparently attempts to eliminate all the fuss. This USSD based solution simply generates an MMS of your current location on request which can be either stored for your reference or shared with a friend. Pretty handy at first sight indeed. Regardless of it’s (yet to figure out) benefits it certainly saves a lot of my phone juice wasted on GPS when all I need is a quick glance of where I am lost!

 aroundU

Accessing this service is easy as two steps. You need to Dial #444# on your Dialog subscribed mobile, select AroundU and choose 1 of 4 options which includes obtaining current location and sharing it with a friend. The service costs you Rs. 2+ tax per request, GPRS charges applicable.

In all it’s simplicity, the only thing which was irritating was the size of the MMS. Even on my (somewhat huge) Galaxy S3 it was hard to make out the street names i had to bring the phone closer to my nose. And the MMS is only an image of my immediate area and doesn’t pinpoint my exact location like the bright blue droplet on Google Maps.

Certainly this service is not an alternative for the popular map applications in the market. Definitely not for those who are using the most awesome Nokia Maps. But it can become useful at times. Specially if you’re terrible at giving directions over the phone!

 

Have something interesting and IT related to share? email the editor@readme.lk

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