Online business directory Scoot.co.uk has launched a location-based iPhone app that helps mobile users find information about local businesses. Scoot uses the iPhones GPS capability to locate the user, then find the nearest cafe, bank, restaurant, petrol station and other businesses.
Its so quick and easy to use when youre on the move, says Scoot Managing Director, Sue Barnes. Theres no need to type anything in: you just open the app and tap the relevant icon cafe, for example. Scoot will then show your nearest cafes with name, address, phone number and distance from your current location.
The user can tap the More button on each business listed to see further information, such as descriptions, opening times, payment methods, pictures and videos. They can see the business on a map, get directions, click to call or view the companys website. The application also has an Offers icon to see a list of nearby businesses that have posted a special offer or coupon on Scoot.
The application includes a number of standard icons, representing some of the more popular business categories within the Scoot UK business directory. These include banks, cafes, car repair centres, chemists, dentists, doctors, estate agents, hospitals, hotels, newsagents, petrol stations, post offices and supermarkets. Users can customise the application by using the On/Off toggle button to add search icons for more categories or their favourite brands. Scoot says it will add more categories and brands in future releases of the application.
The application is UK-based and gives mobile users information about businesses in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. If used outside these areas, the application will warn the user that Scoot is only available in the UK.
Theres more information here. And you can download the application from the Apple App Store here.