If you are a customer, or prospective customer of U.S. CDMA operator, Sprint or just want to play with the Sprint exclusive Palm Pre, you might find this mobile site useful. It lets you quickly locate company owned and independent stores selling Sprint phones and service. A free-form search box accepts a zip-code, street address or city and state. Results include store hours, available services, click to call phone number and a link to text based turn by turn driving directions, which I found accurate. An advanced search form lets you restrict results to locations offering handset repairs, bill payment or having Spanish speaking staff.
The only thing I didn’t really like about the Sprint site was the map feature. The driving directions include a link to a .gif file showing the route on a map. Because it’s a file link rather than a page containing an <img> tag, many handsets will prompt the user to download the map rather than displaying it in the browser. The maps are 500×400 px and around 100 KB in size, unnecessarily large for most phones. The maps are not zoomable or panable and unless you are within a couple miles of the store, are not detailed enough to be useful. I’d prefer a link to Google or Bing’s mobile driving directions which include zoomable, scalable maps sized to the handset’s screen.
Filed in: Wap Review Directory – Search
Ratings: Content Usability
Ready.mobi Score: 4 “Good”
Mobile Link: storelocator.sprint.com/sm/