Sitting in the Dublin airport, the BlackBerry buzzed me with an alert: My sister, who started out in San Francisco, had just landed in Vilnius, Lithuania. A couple hours later, I got another alert that my son, who started out in Tel Aviv, had landed.
And in awhile, WorldMate let me know that the Aer Lingus flight for Vilnius was leaving.
WorldMate Live software, from Lod, Israel-based MobiMate, was doing its job, keeping me informed on where I needed to go, with my flight number, my conformation number and departure time.
The software offered more too: conversion rates from Lithuanian litas and American dollars
to euros, the time in Vilnius, Riga and several other cities I had selected,and the name and address of the hotel I was staying at and weather conditions
It was like having a full-time assistant, doing everything buy separating the red and green M&Ms.
WorldMate has been looking out for travelers for seven years in free and premium subscription software in a less dynamic version that forced users to do the work.
The new version pushes live information. Live was introduced on BlackBerrys, the phone most commonly used by MobiMate customers. WorldMate Live will be available on other phones in the months ahead.
WorldMate was more efficient than tracking a trip: gathering e-mail confirmations for hotels, flights and then printing them out.
Register and check into your account at worldmatelive. com and add your travel information along with meeting times and addresses.
The software packages it in a well-organized itinerary.
You can export travel information to WorldMate Live from confirmation e-mails.
Once the itinerary is saved, it is available in minutes on your phone.
E-mail a copy of the itinerary to friends and family.
I tried WorldMate Live on a Blackberry 8300 World Edition from Verizon. downloaded the software and an airplane icon for WorldMate Live. appeared. I entered hotel phone numbers and addresses.
Premium Gold Membership, costs $9.95 per month, or $99.95 a year, WorldMate Live pushes alerts to the phone. It pushes users information when there is a change in
flight status, such as a delay, a cancellation or a gate change.
The non-push version is free.
In any case, to be safe, you still might bring along those printouts.