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New Consumer Reports mobile website offers complete Ratings

Consumer Reports News: May 10, 2010 11:05 AM

Consumer Reports today launches a new mobile website that allows you to access comprehensive Ratings of products from your mobile phone.

As we explain in this video, the new site reformats the extensive information found in our iconic Ratings charts and their accompanying product pages to make them accessible and easily navigable on just about any phone that offers web access.

You can view tested models listed in order of overall score, and then drill down for the detailed scores on those of particular interest. Or you can search for the model that interests you, then pull back to see it in context with its competitors within the category.

The site also has a compare feature that allows side-by-side comparison of up to three competing products for performance and price. That's something you can't currently do for most Ratings on ConsumerReports.org, though the functionality is scheduled to be added to this website later in the year.

Paid subscribers to ConsumerReports.org can access Consumer Reports Mobile in full by typing that address into the browser on their mobile phone. You're then automatically redirected to m.consumerreports.org. Your username and password will provide you with free access to the mobile site for as long as your ConsumerReports.org subscription is maintained.

If you aren't a ConsumerReports.org subscriber, you can enjoy the new site in full for 24 hours for 99 cents, or for 30 days for $4.99. Those charges will be collected by your wireless carrier.

You can access the mobile site even if you aren't a subscriber to it, or to ConsumerReports.org. You won't be able to access Ratings or use the compare feature but, like subscribers, you'll be able to get feature information on individual models, read our expert buying advice, and view Consumer Reports videos.

We also plan to unveil a Ratings mobile app in the near future that will provide additional functionality not found on the mobile website. It will require its own subscription, even for those who already subscribe to either ConsumerReports.org or the new mobile website.

—Paul Reynolds

Paul Eng

   

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