September 4, 2008

As Traveling Companion, iPhone Expands Services International Traveler / Update: NEW YORK

The iPhone is proving to be a useful travel tool - and not just for when you're bored on that 18-hour flight to Singapore. The best applications take advantage of the iPhone's location-sensing feature, tailoring the information to your whereabouts. iPhone applications with names like Yelp, Urbanspoon and iWant can help find restaurants.

Others can point you to the cheapest gasoline station, book a hotel and even call a cab.

A number of airlines are creating mobile-friendly versions of their Web sites, allowing iPhone users to shop for flights, buy tickets, check in, select seats and modify reservations. Frequent fliers might want to download Flight Status for $3.99. It gives the status of thousands of flights, as well as the arrival gates and baggage carousels. A free download is AirportStatus, which lists airports in North America with delays.

Originally published by The New York Times Media Group.

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