Late last month Vancouver's Purpose Wireless today launched echoecho ‐ "the first free, permission‐based, location sharing solution available worldwide on iPhone, Android, Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile".
With echoecho smartphone owners can ask and answer the question “where are you” in one simple click. Whether you are travelling, meeting friends around town or trying to determine whether your date will be on time for dinner, echoecho helps you find your friends and family without repeatedly texting or calling.
“I was sick of spending 20 minutes signing up for a new location based social network only to discover hardly any of my friends were on it”, states Nick Bicanic, CEO of Purpose Wireless, “I already have a social network in my phone that all my friends are on. It’s called my phonebook.” With echoecho there are no profiles to fill out and no social networks to join. Just browse to m.echoecho.me, install the application and begin finding friends in your address book ‐ simply by sending them an echo.
With an open API, echoecho is designed to easily connect into 3rd party systems - allowing mobile phone manufacturers, developers of online social networks, and portable games to quickly add a location‐sharing component.
According to Co-founder Remy Kozak, they're already working with several partners to incorporate echoecho into specialized solutions for workplace management and the security industry.
Headquartered in Vancouver, Purpose Wireless was founded by entrepreneurs Nick Bicanic, Remy Kozak, Andrew Wanliss‐Orlebar and Davor Dubokovic in 2008.