A handful of contacts

PDA users in the UAE can now track down company details at the touch of a button following the launch of The Mobile Times business directory.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 12, 2005

PDA users in the UAE can now track down company details at the touch of a button following the launch of The Mobile Times business directory. Known as ‘The Mobile Times mobile directory platform for Pocket PC mobile devices’ in full, this software is effectively a re-engineering of the conventional yellow business pages for PDAs running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for Pocket PC (both standard and Phone Edition versions). The Mobile Times lists around 10,000 UAE organisations, with data covering company branch offices and showrooms, plus their related brands, products and services. This information spans over 450 industry categories and to make the application all the more useful, emergency, government and utility numbers are also featured. As far as searching out the relevant details is concerned, users can search by area, company, brand, industry category and activity. Search results then show telephone, fax, toll-free numbers, e-mail, web site and locational address details. The software also includes a ‘Direct Search and Call’ function (for use with phone-enabled handhelds running Pocket PC Phone Edition), which lets users run a search and then call a business directly from their handheld. In addition to merely providing huge rafts of contacts, the platform’s custom sync technology also gives access to services such as regional business news, movie timings, events and exhibitions, and exchange rates. Interested PDA users should check out www.mobiletimes.com. The Mobile Times costs 200 AED ($54). Mobile Times FZ LLC – the company behind The Gulf Times –is also preparing to launch a similar PDA guide for the Jebel Ali Freezone (called ‘Jafza Official Directory - Pocket PC Edition’). This will be distributed through the Jebel Ali authorities.

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