Find Your Palm Pre With Sprint’s Mobile Store Locator

Sprint Mobile Store loacator

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.

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Ratings: Content ****_ Usability XXX__ Score: 4 “Good”

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3 thoughts on “Find Your Palm Pre With Sprint’s Mobile Store Locator

  1. I’ve had my Pre because shortly right after release and am glad to locate (via this forum) that I can now set a ring tone on incoming text messages and can search by way of e-mails and such. Now is there any hope for an upcoming release through which I can seek my calendar? Would make my work significantly easier, locating dates of final appointments. No other complaints, except that yesterday I used to be in and out of Sprint provider (not unusual). I think I used to be roaming, and looked at my calendar. Everything inside calendar was one hour earlier than what I had input. The clock was 1 hour early as properly. I was scared to death–then, once we got back into Sprint program once again, anything was normalized. Has this happened to any person else?? Shopping forward to answers, but please remember, I’m no techie and speak English as opposed to technospeak.

  2. I wanted to ask, is there any chance for a modified version of the directory listing script, with an iphone-stylish like design?

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