The software uses a GPRS connection on a user's mobile phone to search for listed phone numbers in a number of countries, and delivers the phone number and address returned directly to the handset. While the application has been available to Windows Mobile handset users since August 2004, it has only now been extended to more popular brands of Java-enabled mobile phones with the Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) such as some models from Nokia, Motorola and Sony/Ericsson.
The software currently includes access to the USA and Australian directories, and it is anticipated that it will shortly expand to other countries. Consumers can purchase the software from www.directassist.com.au, with 3-month licences available at an initial price of AU$5.99. A listing of compatible handsets is also available from the site.