Downtown Gets Smart

by Fara Illich
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Now you can hold Downtown Phoenix in the palm of your hand with the new SmartPHX mobile phone app, released last week by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ New Media Innovation Lab.
Cronkite_Phone_WebIn collaboration with the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Red Development, Phoenix Community Alliance, and City of Phoenix, SmartPHX is the first smartphone app of its kind designed to help tourists, locals, and students better experience our ever-evolving central city.
Details on more than 150 restaurants, events, up-to-the-minute deals, plus transportation and map information can all be accessed in seconds via SmartPHX, your personal tour guide and social coordinator in Downtown Phoenix.
Not only will SmartPHX tell you whether or not that new Vietnamese restaurant your co-worker was telling you about is open, with your GPS enabled it can lead you right to the front door.
Best of all, SmartPHX is free of charge and free from advertising.
Here’s how to get it.
Using your smartphone browser visit
Tap + or the iPhone arrow key and then “add to home screen”
Or download SmartPHX from the Android Market**
SmartPHX is also compatible with newer BlackBerry phones.
Free, easy to install, and helpful, SmartPHX is a great tool for Downtowners and visitors alike.
**SmartPHX is not currently available at the iTunes store.