Mobile location based service

IHT has an article on the status of Location Based Services (Will cellphones ever replace the concierge?), which Russell Buckley is commenting on mobhappy. He is listing 3 reasons why LBS have not taken off yet: lack of usability, lack of compelling applications and operators.

Truth is that the location information is highly variable between operators and that there no real good quality geocoded information out there. Typical story: you search for a restaurant on the phone, find 5, look-up, see 8, of which 5 are not in the results provided by the application. And you never use the service again.

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