Sony Ericsson users can now transform their handset into their very own travel guide. Lonely Planet has teamed up with the manufacturer to produce twenty City Guides and ten audio Phrasebooks, all of which are available to download from Sony Ericsson's Fun and Downloads portal. Each City Guide contains approximately 200 points of interest (POI) divided into six categories; See, Eat, Sleep, Shop, Night and Essentials. Click on any of these and details of how to get there, the phone number with the option of simply clicking a button to call them direct, along with a review from one of the Lonely Planet authors will all be displayed on your Sony Ericsson handset.
The audio Phrasebooks contain 200 spoken phrases, translating from English into 10 other languages, with many more to follow. The phrases cover everything from transport to accommodation, banking to shopping, along with useful phrases to find places to eat and drink.
Both the City Guides and Phrasebooks are Java applications that can be downloaded and stored on your Sony Ericsson handset for future use. They can be either downloaded from the Fun and Downloads portal as well as through Sony Ericsson's website, while both will cost you £4.50 each. It's the second time Lonely Planet has teamed up with a mobile phone manufacturer following a similar arrangement last month with Nokia.