How to Shop More Efficiently

by SteveBayle on December 4, 2009

Larry West has a great article on shopping, featuring smartphones on MSN Lifestyle.

New smartphone features that are already in the works, and expected to improve and increase mobile shopping, include:

* Built-in bar code scanners or other technologies will enable you to scan a product with your smartphone, gain instant access to pricing and warranty information, and simultaneously transmit information to a specially designed search engine that will send back product reviews, comparative data and other information to help you make an informed decision.

* Green shopping smartphone applications will allow you to scan or send images of food products and receive information about their ingredients and packaging, the size of their carbon footprint and whether they are organic or non-organic, locally grown or fair-trade certified.

* Pay phone options that will enable you to swipe your phone like a credit or debit card to pay for purchases at the cash register.

* Video conferencing for smartphones will enable better and more direct customer service and support as well as a new generation of online personal shoppers and sales consultants. Concerned about the small screen on your smartphone? Try one of the soon-to-be-released projector phones that can display a large-format image on any nearby wall or flat surface.

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