Press Release: February 10, 2010
phoneHotel makes it possible to search for hotels at a specified destination or via GPS in its immediate vicinity, to find out prices and other details, and to reserve the found hotel including an immediate confirmation. The latest version of the application can be downloaded for free from www.ehotel.de/phonehotel and many other market places, and works with all certified Smartphones, such as the recently released Nexus One, on which the free Android system is pre-installed.
Experts acknowledge that the operating system, developed by the Open Handset Alliance under Google management, has the highest guaranteed future besides Apples iPhone OS. The Alliance already consists of 33 well-known providers, e.g. eBay, Garmin, LG, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Telefnica, Texas Instruments, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
In addition to supporting all Smartphone amenities, the free mobile service offers a significant price advantage over direct hotel reservation per telephone, mail or travel agent, which mainly results from the bundled booking volume of RADIUS Travel. RADIUS, of which ehotel is a partner, is one of the largest travel management organisations worldwide.
During development, probasys CEO Guenter Lachmuth focussed on the usability and practicality of the product: With our mobile hotel reservation application for phoneHotel for mobile phone, Smartphone and Netbook, a pool of over 210,000 hotels is globally at the disposal of any traveller who spontaneously decides for an overnight stay. Google Android is the first platform on which this application is offered; others will follow.
The Berlin-based company, established in 2000, is specialized in worldwide online hotel reservations at www.ehotel.de, www.ehotel.ch, www.ehotel.at, www.ehotel-service.co.uk supported by an own service centre.
The service is available free-of-charge to business and private travelers alike. Meetings, conferences, incentives or group travel can be processed with ehotel meetings without a change of media. Over 210,000 hotels worldwide in all categories, all major hotel chains, as well as a wide range of individual hotels including 30,000 international hotels with special negotiated RADIUS room rates, describes the extensive hotel portfolio of ehotel. The fully electronic reservation process between customer, ehotel and the hotel enables highest reservation security and reliability. The innovative German produced technology has won multiple innovation awards. Particularly transparency, time saving, data protection, price advantages and internationality can be seen as major customer benefits.
The significant price advantages result on one hand from the bundled reservation volume of the worldwide largest purchasing network in business travel RADIUS, of which ehotel is an exclusive shareholder, and on the other hand from the fact, that for each accommodation request the best room rate is determined in real time.