Rate and Review Businesses from Your Phone

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 | 7:22 PM

Last Saturday I had dinner at a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco's Richmond District. While it didn't look like much from the outside, the inside displayed a variety of Southeast Asian antiques and the walls were adorned with tapestries and bamboo. Our waiter was friendly and attentive and the phở was the best I've had in the city -- just the right amount of spice tempered with bean sprouts and fresh cilantro. When I finished my meal, I took out my phone and wrote a five-star review on Google. By the time the check came, my review was already incorporated into the business listing.

Now you can share your opinions on local businesses by rating and reviewing them right from your mobile phone. It's easy, fast, and a great way to pass the time while you're waiting for the check! Here's all you have to do:

  • Go to www.google.com on your mobile browser
  • Search for the business by name and location like "pot pho sf ca”
  • Click on the business name on the results page to view details
  • Scroll down and click on "Sign in to write/edit your review"
This new mobile feature uses the same database found on Google Maps on the desktop, so when you rate and review a business from your phone, your opinions are also published to the millions of Google Maps users around the world. You can even click on the My Profile link in Maps to see all of the businesses you've reviewed.

For now, this feature is available on non-iPhone handsets in the US. Stay tuned for an iPhone version and international coverage.

4 comments:

Miguel Peguero said...

I cant get this to work on my Blackberry curve browser

Basil said...

Interesting- I saw that they also include comments from external review sites.

john garger said...

Can someone give me an idea whether or not I should go for a smart phone or just use a more stylish phone and wait for some better technology? I am on the Sprint network, and was referred to http://www.sanyowireless.com, but I'm not seeing any options that look like smart phones. I don't need an MP3 player or a camera, I'd rather have a phone that is lighter and easier to carry. Any recommendations would be welcome.

letstalk.kat said...

Hi John, I was looking up info on Google's mobile reviews and noticed your comment.

We have user reviews on our site, LetsTalk.com, the Centro and Blackberry Pearls/Curve are popular. If you'd like to check out the user reviews for these or others, here is the site:

http://www.letstalk.com/reviews/phonereviews.htm

The mobile restaurant reviews on Google are really cool too! :-)

Good luck!
Kat