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China metro maps go mobile

Shanghai, China (February 04, 2010) / — Residents and visitors to four of China's biggest cities can now access subway maps on their mobile phones. ExploreMetro has created an interactive map of the Shanghai Metro for iPhone and iPod touch called 'Explore Shanghai', which is already ranked in the top 10 travel apps in the iTunes App Store. There are also apps for the Beijing Subway, Guangzhou Metro and Hong Kong MTR.

Commuters welcomed the news. Black Qin, rides the Shanghai metro to get to work, and also to reach other parts of the city to meet friends. "Having a metro map on my phone is really useful especially with the new lines which have opened up in Shanghai. Now I never miss the last train home!"

The British founder of ExploreMetro, University of Cambridge graduate Matt Mayer predicted: "2010 will see both the rapid growth of smartphones such as Apple's iPhone and Google's Android-powered devices, together with the fast expansion of metro networks for the Shanghai World Expo and Guangzhou Asian Games. Our apps, available in Chinese and English, meet this need."

Interactive maps on mobile phones can be automatically updated, unlike paper maps which quickly become out of date. The apps include a route-planner, allowing subway riders to calculate the time and price of a journey, and even work without an internet connection. ExploreMetro's apps are priced at USD0.99, with the Beijing and Guangzhou apps available for free until February 7th at ExploreMetro's website.

About ExploreMetro
Since 2007 ExploreMetro has made interactive maps for metro and subway systems in Chinese cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, online and for mobile.


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