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ReadyPing Will Ping You When Your Table Is Ready at a Restaurant

ReadyPing Will Text You When Your Table Is Ready

Imagine for a moment that the next time you go to a busy restaurant, you don't get stuck holding a big pager that is bound to scare the living daylights out of you when it vibrates to alert you that your table is ready.

The solution? The ingenious and brilliant service from ReadyPing that allows restaurant hosts to text message their guests to let them know that they can be seated. To get started, the only thing the restaurant has to do is sign up for an account; then they will enter the guest's name, party size, and phone number into their system and when the table is ready, the host can press a button and the guests will be text messaged.

What I love about this is the convenience, and especially the fact that you aren't stuck sitting in the restaurant while you wait.

The service is currently available to restaurants for a monthly fee that includes unlimited text messages, and it's already being rolled out across the US in chain restaurants like Claim Jumper, The Cheesecake Factory, and Maggiano's.

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ReadyPing ReadyPing 6 years
ReadyPing uses SMS short code messaging (the 5 or 6 digit codes you have undoubtedly seen) and supports nearly 30 mobile carriers in the U.S. There is no need to select a mobile carrier when a mobile number is entered into our system. ReadyPing is much more than a text alert service; it is a powerful management tool. View overdue customers at a glance, keep track of reservations/appointments and determine the accuracy of their quote times - all from one simple and intuitive user interface. We work with a dozen different types of businesses including restaurants. Our web-based software works with any web browser on any computer. The cost is $49 per month, per location. Each text message is $0.05 and they are offered in reloadable bundles. When the balance drops below a certain level, texts are automatically reloaded based on the chosen bundle. No leaving money on the table at the end of the month for unused texts. It's a pay-as-you go model. ReadyPing just won the 2010 MIT Whiteboard Challenge. Check out our news page at www.readyping.com/news to see what else we've been up to.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
From the standpoint of someone that works in a restaurant, this sounds disastrous. I can see all sorts of issues with people shopping a block or two away, taking too long to come and get their table, and then bitching out everyone they can find when the table goes to someone else.
nancita nancita 8 years
This is a great idea. A lot of restaurants in SF will call you when your table is ready, and I love the ability to wait it out at a bar down the block -- especially for tiny joints that have nowhere to wait.
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 8 years
I don't want no Restaurant has my phone number. What about a crazy employee there?? I don't know. That's not for me. But it's a good idea though.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Brilliant!
couturefreak couturefreak 8 years
mmmm...it would only suck if someone had a shotty text message plan. lol.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
There are a few places here in Atlanta that I've run into this. Well, I'm not sure if it's this exactly, but they are taking cell #s instead of handing out pagers. I actually like it!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
This is very nice, in theory, but giving my phone number out to a bunch of restaurants doesn't interest me.
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