Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Alerts: Power of the Cellphone

The news from the television or radio can tell you about all the important cancellations like a trip to Fiji cancelled due to snow or the Yonge Sheppard subway line cancelled due to signal malfunctions. 

What if, you are outside and you have no access to television or radio? Wouldn't it be great to know what the status of the subways en route so you can plan accordingly?

In comes alerts. TTC and other services like airlines have set up a system called alerts where they e-mail you any delays to their service. If you have a cellphone, you can get the alert via a text message to your phone.  All you need to do is use the email provided to you by your cellphone provider. Please note, you should find out what your cellphone provider charges for incoming text messages before you consider subscribing for an alert with your cellphone.

To set up alert with TTC go to the TTC Alert Subscription website

To set up an alert with Air Canada go to the Air Canada Mobile Notification

Next we will talk about getting the status of services like TTC using Twitter

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