To do mobile printing, it takes three steps: First, click the application's "print" button on your BlackBerry. Second, find and choose a PrintSpot location—similar to a basic Web search—and click to select. Third, users review a description of the printer selected and the document to be printed, and then click "print" to send the job to their hotel printer. Using a secure release code, the document is printed after you send it.
The cool thing is that you can send something to print while you wait for a hotel elevator or pack in your room. When you're all set, the doc will be waiting for you. However, just because the app is free doesn't mean you'll get complimentary printouts; printing costs vary with each property. But you'll be charged the same as if you'd printed a doc from the hotel's computers. Be sure to check about prices if you are going to print up your boarding passes, because a number of Hilton hotels provide those for free.
Now that CrackBerrys have mobile-printing capabilities, we expect a similar app to come out for iPhones.
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