Even though Alaska Airlines was one of the first airlines to offer an iPhone application, allowing travelers to check-in and use their phone as mobile boarding pass, early efforts were essentially just "screen-scraped" from the companies website, providing a very poor user experience, not really delivering on the process of the mobile web. Since you're a ProgrammableWeb reader, you can probably guess what the company needed. After all, mobile has fueled API growth.
With so many people glued to their smart phones these days, text message marketing simply makes sense. Done right, it’s easy, personable and gets the word out instantly. Slick Text is on-board with the idea. The mobile marketing company has just released the Slick Text API that enables third-party developers to integrate its text message service into their own products.
Telephony and voice APIs are one of the most active segments of the API and mashup world. For example, in the past week, two of the latest mashups in our directory use telephony APIs in innovative ways (the directory has 42 telephony-related APIs):