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O2 launches walking application for phones

Former British Telecom mobile phone network O2 has announced an application from its Health Unit under the name of ‘Healthy’, which is set to encourage people to walk a lot more.

O2 unveiled Health at Cancer Research UK’s Shine London 2011 event – the charity’s night-time walking marathon, open to men and women aged 13 years and above.

Shine raises money for Cancer Research UK, where the Shine series is now in its second year and came to London for the first time in 2011. The Shine walk took place on Sunday 1st May in Manchester, and Shine Glasgow took place on Saturday 10th September in 2011

Healthy is a free mobile app that tracks the customer’s walking progress, whilst displaying their walk on an a map and recording how far they've archived and how many calories have been burnt – all of which can be shared with family and friends via Facebook, directly from the App

The O2 Healthy software also rewards progress made, with badges to collect and a ‘Keep me Walking’ button that provides quirky ways of motivating people to keep going with random jokes and facts about walking.

The O2 Healthy app is now available to download for the Apple iPhone, regardless of network and O2 is also developing a version for Android devices.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.