BlackBerry Travel App Launches Free Service for Indonesian Users

BlackBerry has rolled out its Travel App for Indonesian users, offering itinerary management, booking and local search for users.

Avid travelers who haven’t used the BlackBerry Travel app yet might want to check out the app out to plan, book, manage, and share travel activities. Travel planning, booking, itinerary management and push notifications are its key features that will turn one’s BlackBerry smartphone into an invaluable travel companion. An added benefit is that users can find deals and make reservations hotel accommodations and car rental options. The app can also be used to convert exchange rates, get weather information, search for local destinations, and arrange for limo services to and from the airport. BlackBerry Travel launched last week for Indonesia users and is free. Update:

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WorldMate Collaborates with RIM on BlackBerry Travel

Palo Alto, CA, February 14, 2011 – WorldMate Inc., the industry leader in mobile travel services, announced today that it has worked with Research In Motion (RIM) to bring the power of the WorldMate travel platform to the new BlackBerry® Travel app.

“WorldMate continues to expand its technology and deep travel and mobile expertise to better serve the traveler, and our collaboration with RIM allows us to bring the convenience of mobile travel services to the world,” said Jean Tripier, CEO of WorldMate. “The BlackBerry Travel app represents the most sophisticated end user experience in functionality, automation and polish, making it easier than ever to manage all aspects of your travel from your smartphone. As such it marks a new era for mobile travel.”

Existing WorldMate for BlackBerry smartphone customers can immediately begin using the new BlackBerry Travel app at no cost. Simply download the BlackBerry Travel app to start taking advantage of a new, more powerful travel experience. This new application makes WorldMate’s technology always available to travelers and gives them more control of their itineraries and overall travel experience than ever before.

“We are really excited to bring this level of quality to the BlackBerry platform with WorldMate,” said Jean Tripier, CEO of WorldMate. “Our users demanded an BlackBerry version and we were happy to provide the experience for them and all BlackBerry users, at a level previously unknown to that mobile platform. WorldMate is devoted to lessening the pains of travel, and now an entirely new segment of smart phone users can benefit from our personal travel service.”

“With BlackBerry Travel, users are getting a powerful travel app that presents information quickly, simply and elegantly,” said Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research In Motion. “We’re thrilled to team with WorldMate to bring the mobile travel experience to the next level.”

The BlackBerry Travel App is available in beta for download from the Test Center on BlackBerry App World™ (www.blackberry.com/appworld).

WorldMate Eliminates the Need for Manual Itinerary Creation

July 12, 2010 – WorldMate’s Pioneering TripCatch Service Automatically Turns Confirmation Emails into Detailed Itineraries

WorldMate Inc., the industry leader in mobile travel services with over 5 million active customers worldwide, announced today a major service upgrade with the introduction of TripCatch. WorldMate with TripCatch for Blackberry now automatically recognizes travel confirmation emails and sends the information directly to a user’s WorldMate account, freeing users from having to manually enter travel information in their calendars.

How it works:
TripCatch (an opt-in service), monitors a user’s BlackBerry mailbox for travel confirmation emails and imports the travel itinerary automatically to their WorldMate account. With Tripcatch automation, confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars and more generate detailed trip itineraries. The WorldMate service also includes flight alerts, calendar synchronization, and itinerary integration with mapping, navigation and LinkedIn contacts.

To ensure the absolute privacy of WorldMate travelers, the TripCatch implementation is certified with the Privacy Seal from TRUSTe , the leading internet privacy services provider. Only information explicitly allowed by the user is ever accessed by WorldMate, and users can opt-out at any time.

“We know that business travelers deal with all kinds of challenges and annoyances, have little free time to waste, so we built TripCatch to cater to their busy lifestyles. Automating the creation of mobile-accessible itineraries allows WorldMate users to more fluidly incorporate mobile business travel services, with no extra work to their already hectic schedules,” said Jean Tripier, CEO of WorldMate. “WorldMate makes life easier for business travelers, and TripCatch takes our service to a whole new level.”

WorldMate Enables Business Travelers To Connect With Their LinkedIn Contacts When On The Road

Integration with LinkedIn’s API empowers WorldMate members to schedule meetings with colleagues while planning or on trips directly from their BlackBerry smartphone

PALO ALTO, Calif. – WorldMate Inc., the industry leader in mobile travel services with nearly 5 million members worldwide, announced today that it has integrated with LinkedIn’s APIs to give WorldMate users the power to connect with business colleagues in their destination city. WorldMate members will be able to communicate easily with their entire LinkedIn network through the WorldMate website and Blackberry app.

With this new offering, members can share their travel and meeting itineraries, notify their business contacts when they arrive in their destination city, search for contacts by city, and quickly access professional profiles of their colleagues before walking into their next meeting. This LinkedIn functionality is immediately available to all WorldMate users.

“This WorldMate integration is a perfect synchronization of our two companies’ strengths and goals,” said Adam Nash, Vice President of Search & Platform Products at LinkedIn. “LinkedIn’s mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. The WorldMate integration extends our mission by allowing members to access their professional networks when they’re on-the-go. WorldMate has taken an innovative approach to our APIs, extending and tying together the LinkedIn experience to both web and mobile.”

As one of the first companies to integrate with the new LinkedIn API, WorldMate enhances its premium features in order to make all aspects of business travel as easy as possible. The LinkedIn integration to WorldMate gives members a host of new tools to manage business connections, including:

  • Quick view of nearby LinkedIn Connections within the WorldMate itinerary
  • A mobile pop-up displaying which LinkedIn Connections are in town upon arrival
  • The ability to scan for and connect with colleagues in the same town

“One of the most important aspects of business travel is building and maintaining professional relationships,” said Nadav Gur, CEO of WorldMate. “It is only natural to incorporate networking when scheduling an upcoming trip and our integration with LinkedIn makes this possible as never before. WorldMate is dedicated to developing the best features and functionality to make business travel more successful for our members.”

What Will Be The Mobile OS Of The Future?

This is indeed an interesting question. The article Ultimate Mobile OS Showdown: iPhone vs Android vs webOs vs Blackberry vs Windows Mobile vs Symbian tries to compare the good and bad of each of the common mobile OS at hand today.

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WorldMate is mentioned in this article as one of the better BlackBerry OS third-part apps for tracking travel plans.

Personally, I like the Windows Mobile OS, but I have to agree this is probably a dying mobile OS.

iPhone is very chick but if I have to gamble on a winner it will be the Android. Its openness and support from a plethora of vendors will make it the winner, eventually.

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WorldMate Live Adds Social Networking and Calendar Sync Features to Its Service on Blackberry

Leading mobile travel provider enables people to stay ‘connected’ and view their entire travel agenda in one place
Wireless Enterprise Symposium, Orlando, FL (May 13, 2008) – WorldMate, Inc., the leading provider of mobile travel services for frequent fliers, today introduced ‘Connections, a new feature within the WorldMate Live application for BlackBerry users. Connections makes it easy for members to meet when they are on the road by notifying them when friends and colleagues are nearby.
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Improved WorldMate Live features make a splash

From the home page in www.blackberrycool.com:

The BlackBerry travel companion of choice just shot off their first newsletter, announcing a few changes to WorldMate Live. For one, the Outlook plugin has been smoothed over with improved compatibility with older versions of Outlook. The biggest change is being able to add and edit itinerary items right from your BlackBerry. This was my primary gripe with WorldMate Live, and it’s great to see the improvement made. It wasn’t even much of a problem, but really just a gap in function. Another cool feature is the ability to CC WorldMate Live for travel confirmations so that bookings are immediately reflected in your itinerary without needing to put it all in through Outlook. This is a great app that helps you keep all of your travel plans together in one spot, so go ahead and sign up for free, and if you’re already hooked up, you can grab the Gold subscription here, which includes flight alerts, status and schedules, along with a handy travel directory and 24/7 customer support.