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6/27/2008
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Eric Ogren
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Google Hears Your Complaints, Revamps Mobile Services Web Site

Setting up services for your mobile phone often requires you to perform some configurations via the Web. This is true for a number of Google services, and apparently people didn't think it was easy enough. Google listened to all the feedback and launched a new mobile site today to help make it easier to set your phone up with Google services.

Setting up services for your mobile phone often requires you to perform some configurations via the Web. This is true for a number of Google services, and apparently people didn't think it was easy enough. Google listened to all the feedback and launched a new mobile site today to help make it easier to set your phone up with Google services.Man, did Google dumb its mobile Web site down. It is so easy to get started, there's no reason you won't have your Google services configured in no time. Going to http://mobile.google.com brings up a landing page. On that page is a list of the major phone manufacturers, along with pictures that resemble those manufacturers' devices. Select the choice that most closely resembles your phone, and it whisks you to a page customized for your type of device.

This next page lists all the services that your phone (or platform) supports. For example, here is the page for BlackBerrys. It has a tool so you can send a link via SMS to your phone that leads directly to Google's mobile services. Simply enter your phone number and the link will appear in a few moments. You can also just type m.google.com directly into your phone's browser. Additionally, there's a help center and explanations for everything.

Not that it was difficult before, but now it is really easy. So if you're a Google user and haven't set up Google services on your phone because you thought it would be a pain, take heart. What are you waiting for? Get started!

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