Amazon recently announced the latest in a series of offerings for mobile customers – the Amazon TextBuyIt service – giving you the ability to find an item, compare its price, and if you choose, to purchase it; all from whatever location you happen to be when the urge strikes. The Amazon TextBuyIt service (get it? Amazon Text Buy It) works with almost all mobile devices, and you can shop Amazon using either text messaging or the browser on your mobile phone.
To find the product of interest you simply send a text message to Amazon (“AMAZON” becomes 262966) with some way of identifying the object of your interest: product name, search term, or UPC or ISBN code number. Within seconds you’ll get a reply containing a list of the items that match, and their prices. Find the one you want to buy, send its ID number back to Amazon, and you’ll get a short confirmatory phone call to finalize the purchase. Setting up your account for TextBuyIt takes a short time when you make your first transaction, and thereafter your default payment method and shipping choices are used for any TextBuyIt purchases you make.
Amazon’s TextBuyIt is a simple and convenient way of extending your usual online shopping experience to any location. If you’re having lunch with a friend, and they recommend a book or a CD to you, you can order it before lunch is over.
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