Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Dude. It's 2 AM on a Tuesday. How Come Your Girlfriend Is Still Over at Biff's House? 

Hey, kids! What are you waiting for? Why haven't you signed up for this kicky new service?
Alton's creation, for which he left school after his sophomore year, is a service called Loopt, which allows mobile phone users to locate friends using Global Positioning Satellite technology on a cell phone.

The service, which is being offered on Boost Mobile, provides a real-time cell-phone map that pinpoints the location of friends who have agreed to be tracked. Their location is accurate to within 30 feet under peak conditions.

The service also issues alerts when a subscriber's friends are nearby, allowing the subscriber and his friends to call or text message each other to arrange an impromptu meeting.

Boost Mobile, a subsidiary of Sprint Nextel with 4 million users, is starting a marketing campaign for Loopt today with a big event scheduled at Times Square in New York. As part of the service, Boost and Loopt will allow users to tag a location and leave a message about that site. For example, a person could warn friends about a bad dish at a restaurant by leaving a note at the location on the map.

More than 35,000 Boost users have been using the service for free since September. Starting next year, the service will cost $2.99 a month.
Don't be the last on your block to get in on the fun. Everyone's using this cool new technology!

Not just your friends.

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