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August 27, 2008

IPhone -iPhone App "iGas" Helps Consumers Shop for Fuel


With gas prices fluctuating in the $4 to $5 range, consumers need all of the help they can get finding a good deal.
 
Now, Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), a supplier of retail gasoline and diesel fuel pricing information, has launched an innovative new service on the iPhone (News - Alert) that will help users find the cheapest fuel.
 
“The iPhone changes the game for consumers when shopping for the best prices on goods and services,” said Michael Sinsky, CIO, OPIS. “The immediacy of being able to use the iPhone to perform targeted internet queries anywhere allows people to optimize their purchasing dollar.”
 
Users simply touch the iGas icon on their iPhone and the phone’s GPS system locates their position and returns the 10 cheapest fueling stations in the area. The actual prices are displayed in low-to-high order, along with brand and address.
 
“This is a perfect marriage between data and technology that will allow consumers to gain more control over their fueling costs,” said Fred Rozell, director of retail pricing for OPIS.
 
If a customer is planning on filling-up in another location, they have the option of entering in a zip code and the phone will return the 10 cheapest fueling stations in that particular area. Customers have the option to pre-select their fuel search criteria: Regular Unleaded Gasoline, Premium Unleaded or Diesel.
 
OPIS is a source for petroleum pricing and news information. In cooperation with fleet card provider Wright Express and direct feeds from leading C-stores and oil companies, OPIS receives daily retail gasoline and diesel prices for more than 125,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
 
OPIS provides these prices to dozens of leading websites and navigation devices. OPIS also collects 70,000 daily wholesale and spot prices for gasoline, diesel, ethanol, biodiesel, LP-gas, jet fuel, propane, feedstocks, resid and kerosene. For more information call 888-301-2645 or visit www.opisnet.com.

Eve Sullivan is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Eve's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Eve Sullivan
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