Selling mobile phone could help commuters be sociable

16 December 2010 — 12:00 PM

Commuters could use their mobiles to meet fellow passengers

Commuters and other travellers could take advantage of a new way to meet up with like-minded people if they sell their mobile phone and invest in a handset capable of running a new app. is a social network feature that lets individuals sign in and start talking to anybody nearby who also has the tool, explains Rich Trenholm, writing for CNET UK.

To get involved, consumers need only to sign up and create a profile, then wait for conversations and messages from fellow passengers on trains, buses and in airports.

There is also the potential for people to confirm in advance which flights or routes they intend to take so that meetings with others can be set up.

"Is there a stranger on your train you'd like to share your plans with? Have you ever made a long-lasting friend on a journey? Or are you more of a pretending-you're-asleep sort?" asks Mr Trenholm.

Earlier this year, Three revealed social network Facebook is the favourite phone app among those who have mobile broadband.

Jon Butler, creative brand manager at Envirofone, says: "If you’re a frequent traveller this app could really help you pass the time. Why not upgrade your handset, you could trade-in our old mobile for cash."

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