We have an iPhone App!

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Listing DetailWe have some exciting news for anyone who has ever wanted to find a phone number, address, friend or business while on the go — the WhitePages Mobile iPhone application has just been launched!

The app can be downloaded for free from iTunes or the iPhone App Store (look in the “Reference” category).

WhitePages Mobile puts the WhitePages online directory of more than 180 million people in the hands of iPhone users, providing a fast and easy way to connect with friends, search nearby, get maps and directions, identify callers and more. The application makes mobile search remarkably easy, using either the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to automatically detect current location or smart text entry to recognize most search cities after typing one or two characters.

Some of the great features we’re most excited about:

When you look up listings, you can save them to your iPhone Contacts.
Keep all your friends and colleagues’ info up to date using WhitePages – create a new contact entry or update an old one.

Pull up your latest search results even when the phone is offline (such as on an airplane or in an elevator).
When you view a search result, it’s automatically saved on your phone in Recent Results.WhitePages Mobile Splash Page

Identify who just called you with Reverse Phone lookup
Protect your privacy and only talk to who you want to.

Automatically fill in search fields and get directions using your current location
Make comprehensive searches with only a few screen taps.

WhitePages Mobile represents the first product of the recent Snapvine acquisition. By combining the mobile application expertise of the Snapvine team with the people-search functionality and data available through the WhitePages API, the team comprised of WhitePages and former Snapvine employees was able to move quickly from concept to launch in a matter of weeks.

Check it out and let us know what you think. Add a comment here on the blog or leave a review on iTunes, then tell your friends about everything you can do with WhitePages Mobile!

by Bret Moore

19 thoughts on “We have an iPhone App!

  1. dean says:

    I like the iPhone APP interface, but it’s search results are quirky and unreliable. Tried to find the phone number of a Chinese restaurant called Yum Yum Good in zip code 23226. Yielded O search results. Typed in only Yum and found it OK. The regular web version found it OK when entering the full name. Another search for a Chinese restaurant called Joy Garden yielded three duplicate results. Try it.

  2. Michael Gaertner says:

    This ranks as one of my favorite and most used app.’s! I ditched the Ye**ow Pages and replaced it with this. Best feature – being able to save to my contacts. Second best – ability to find people not just businesses. Third – viewing recent searches.

    Far and away the best results I have had from any people or business search engine.

    Thank you!

  3. Ron Gray says:

    Great app. Very useful. I do have one complaint, though. When you go to save a contact, it puts each aspect of the address in its own field (i.e. street, city, etc.) instead of the entire address in an address field. The problem is that it’s a bit awkward on the iPhone and it won’t sync at all with Outlook which requires it to all be in one field. Otherwise, I’ve found it very useful.


  4. Bret Moore says:

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback – the team here at WhitePages is excited about the great response and that WhitePages Mobile is now a Top 10 iPhone application!

    Most of the changes you’ve suggested (editing the recent results history, simplifying the address when saving to iPhone Contacts, improving search results) will be released in an application update coming soon.

    Thanks for your support and keep the suggestions coming!

    Bret Moore
    WhitePages Product Management

  5. Blarg says:

    I’m forever concerned about personal privacy. One needs to be able to clear the recently searched results, optimally one at a time. It would also be handy to set the limit of recently searched results – defaulting to ten or so, but able to change it to two or twenty, let’s say.

  6. Sebastian Beresniewi says:

    We have released an update for the application and it includes a ton of great new features.
    One to mention right off the bat, since the last comment brought it up, is the ability to delete individual recent results.
    Another one that was mentioned in the comments here, and is more of a bug fix than a feature, is that the addresses are all stored correctly now when you save your search result to your Addressbook. So syncing with apps works much better now :).
    Go and check out the update and keep the comments coming.

  7. Alex says:

    hey, I love this app but I’m wondering if there is a setting that I’m missing so that my search results only search Canada instead of the US. Any thoughts?

  8. Bret Moore says:

    Hi Alex,

    Unfortunately we don’t support Canadian lookups in the iPhone app right now, but this is something we can look at doing in the future. Until then, you can go to whitepages.com using Safari on the iPhone and do Canadian searches there. Sorry about the inconvenience.

    Bret Moore

  9. Glen says:

    As far as I can tell, there is no way to see ALL the results of a search. It shows you 50 results even though there might be 75, and a button saying “see more results” or “see next 50 results” is nowhere to be found. Useless!

  10. Bret Moore says:

    Hi Glen — thanks for the feedback. I have some good news for you! We will be releasing an update to the WhitePages iPhone app very soon which will include the ability to page through all available results. Watch this blog for an announcement when it’s available. We hope you like it!

  11. matt says:

    Can you guys please make the whitepages iphone app just like the one for the android g1, i want to be able to see who is calling me and what there address is, now that is an app im willing to pay money for, thanks

  12. Emily N. says:

    Could you make it so that we can find out what the 800 and 877 numbers that are calling are? They call my cell phone and I have no idea who they are or what they want and I jsut got my number so I know they must be a telemarketer. If I Knew that they were calling I wouldn’t waste my time or minutes by picking up the phone.
    Thank You.

  13. Tim Donovan says:

    Great work on coming up with an app for the iPhone. Jumping on the Apple app bandwagon is certainly a must these days. In time though these will be a thing of the past as the 2 technologies will become one.

  14. iCade says:

    Like it! I like it a lot. You know exactly what you’re talking about, exactly where other people are coming from on this issue. I’m glad that I had the fortune to stumble across your blog. It’s definitely an important issue that not enough people are talking about and I’m glad that I got the chance to see all the angles.

  15. programming says:

    The information and the detail were just perfect. I think that your perspective is deep, its just well thought out and really fantastic to see someone who knows how to put these thoughts down so well. Great job on this.

  16. Bret Moore says:

    Hi Emily — thanks for the suggestion! We have some coverage of 800 and telemarketer numbers in our Android Caller ID app. However, we’re looking at better ways to handle this for iPhone and other mobile apps as well (incuding our LOOKUP short code, where you can text a number to find from any phone). Thanks again and we’ll definitely look at this as a way to make our mobile apps even better!

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