Last we covered the app 'Package Tracker' a simple but colorful program that allowed you to input a package tracking number and then enabled you check its status. We gave the app some great praise, mostly due to the UI and ease of use (plus, you can basically use it for free if you track less than 3 packages at a time).
However, its competition, 'Parcel Tracker' (see review) has added a killer feature: push notifications and a live tile. That makes Parcel Tracker a more "set it and forget it" app because now it'll notify you every time the shipment gets updated.
We've been using it for the last few days and it's worked pretty solidly for us, giving us a nice counter for missed notifications and in general, makes tracking our packages that much easier. Parcel Tracker is also better for international users because it has way more carriers available (of which you can disable for a shorter list, natch).
The app does fetch for $1.29 so we still like 'Package Tracker' for those of you who only use these kinds of things on occasion. But for those of us with Amazon Prime (hallelujah!), you'll probably want to give 'Parcel Tracker' and its push notifications a trial. Keep in mind though, the developer of 'Package Tracker' has said live tiles/notifications for his app may come as well. We'll keep an eye out. Grab 'Parcel Tracker' here.
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I wonder how many apps in the Marketplace using Push notifications. It's a shame I can only install 15 of these apps and have them to work properly! *nudge*nudge*Microsoft*nudge*nudge*
The number gets bumped to 30 in Mango. We reported on that during MIX11.
Yeah that's all fine and dandy. Do you think 30 is enough. I'm not even sure I'm even past 10 yet, no way to check, but I'd like to not have to worry. But as the marketplace numbers climbing faster and faster, the limit could be passed very quickly. I think it was last reported 16,000. It's not hard to see how 30 being kind of low.
True, but 30 live tile apps, plus all the default stuff, and maybe a few non-live tile apps on your Start screen is quite a bunch. I have 8 now, and did have 13 at one point. Pretty sure that 30 will meet most users needs. But who knows what the next "o" update (after Mango) will bring.
Now if only there was an app that included barcode scanning for instant tracking.. for those of us who SEND out packages frequently and want to make sure they arrive on time.. Maybe one day..
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