'If only I could access BirdGuides' website while I'm out birding' was a comment we heard many times. We therefore launched a new service, Bird News Anywhere, that enables you to do just that.
Screenshots from Bird News Anywhere on typical phones. Note that these screenshots show only part of each page - much more information is available by scrolling up or down:
(Screenshots from WAP emulators.)
Unretouched digital photographs of actual screens on Nokia 6630 Smartphone. Images are actually clearer than they appear here, but not all phones can view pictures successfully or at this resolution:
We've already received some very encouraging feedback from early users of the service:
Introducing Bird News Anywhere
Bird News Anywhere enables mobile phone users to browse any of the following:
In other words you can have unlimited access to all the bird news published via the BirdGuides website, including site details and the history of any bird, even when you are in the field.
To get this information you access a bookmark via your mobile phone and the lists will appear on your mobile phone screen. You will usually be charged by your network provider for access but if you have, for example, a 'free weekends' tariff or a monthly tariff that includes free calls, there will be times when you can get this information at no extra cost. (Some phones charge for access "per byte" rather then by the minute, but as the pages are generally small the charge should be low, and many such tariffs currently give you a certain number of free downloads per month anyway.)
Bird News Anywhere service is particularly useful in conjunction with our Bird Text Alert service. Bird Text Alert will ensure you are notified by SMS text message when there is news that is important to you; the Bird News Anywhere service enables you to look up ALL the news, from ANY county, at ANY time, from ANY place (assuming you can get a mobile reception).
A subscription to Bird News Anywhere costs £40 per year, or £5 per month, but if you've not previously tried the service you can register for a free 1-week trial (see below). Fifteen-minute (£1) and 24-hour (£3) Pay-as-you-Go options are also available. Please note that you will be charged by your mobile phone provider for connecting to Bird News Anywhere, at your standard data rate.
What do I do next?
For the duration of your Bird News Anywhere subscription you will also enjoy free access to all the articles in the BirdGuides webzine.
Other bird news services from BirdGuides