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Auto Club and AAA Launch Innovative Service for Mobile Phone Users(May 19, 2010)
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/19/10 -- The Automobile Club of Southern California and AAA have launched an innovative new service for mobile phone users this month making access to the nation's largest motor club and its roadside assistance even easier. AAA FindMe allows any Auto Club or AAA member who is a Sprint® subscriber with a newer phone to have their GPS location instantly transmitted to AAA Roadside Assistance.
For the first time in the wireless industry, the Auto Club and AAA have teamed with Sprint to allow members to provide AAA with their GPS location without additional charges, special devices or required downloads.
"Suffering a car breakdown is bad enough, but it can be made worse when you're in an unfamiliar location and have trouble relaying to AAA where to send assistance," said David Lang, the Auto Club's Automotive Services vice president. "AAA FindMe will enhance member safety and security by providing AAA roadside service operators with stranded motorists' GPS locations so roadside technicians can locate and assist them."
AAA members who subscribe to Sprint must register for the AAA FindMe service in advance at AAA.com/AAAFindMe by providing their Auto Club or AAA membership number and Sprint mobile phone number. Subscribing to the service is free of charge and doesn't require any downloads or added services to the mobile phone.
AAA members can also press *AAA (*222) from their Sprint wireless phone to call directly for AAA Roadside Assistance.
The AAA Discounts app, which has been downloaded nearly 800,000 times, helps users identify more than 110,000 locations offering AAA Show Your Card & Save® (SYC&S) discounts. The AAA Roadside app allows members to request AAA Roadside Assistance directly from their iPhone. Launched more than eight months ago, AAA Roadside continues to be one of the top-25 most popular free travel apps.
AAA Mobile Web offers a variety of Auto Club and AAA tools and features on your web-enabled wireless device for free including turn-by-turn directions, local gasoline prices, access to roadside assistance phone numbers and AAA Approved Auto Repair locations, SYC&S locations and AAA Approved hotels and restaurants. AAA content on mobile phones can be accessed by entering aaacalif.mobi into your wireless browser. AAA TourBook® and SYC&S information also is available on select Magellan® personal navigation devices.
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