December 11, 2004

Cell phone users dial into a new trend: Handy-dandy tours

Planning a vacation in Boston, Denver or San Antonio? Don't forget your cell phone. The cities are the latest to offer vacationers "cell phone tours," walking tours where the guide is a recording reached by phone, reports USA Today.

"Miles Kronby, executive producer at Candide Media Works credits advances in technology for the eruption of the tours. "The cost of cell phones has come way down, and there are no longer roaming-charge issues for a lot of people," he says. And "the majority of people now are walking around with cell phones in their pockets, which wasn't the case even three years ago."

Related articles:

-- Dream On: Celebs Lead Local Walking Tours - Would you like Steven Tyler to tell you to "walk this way" in Boston, or Jerry Stiller to escort you through New York City?

-- Cell phone walking tour - A cell phone walking tour of New York City's Lower East Side launched September 15, 2003 narrated by Jerry Stiller.

-- Talking Street - In May 2004, Minute Man National Historic Park became the first in the country to offer a cellphone guide. For $5.99, visitors can call up an hourlong take on Paul Revere and the North Bridge.

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