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Aug 28, 2013, 11:34 AM
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The London-based luxury concierge service Lime&Tonic (http://limeandtonic.com) has released its first iPhone app, allowing users to browse and purchase recommendations on the go. The app, which was developed in collaboration with Czech-based developers adikt mobile (http://adiktmobile.cz), can help users of the service to personalize any recommendations suggested to them by posing a wide variety of questions, including coffee preference, how users like their steaks cooked and any favorite cocktails.

This information is then fed into Lime&Tonic's algorithm and the application presents users with personalized recommendations in their local cities. These can be purchased straight through the application either using a credit or debit card, or via Lime&Tonic's 'credits' system, which can be managed online.*Users can also read reviews of experiences via the application before committing to buying.

Lime&Tonic is currently limited to a few select cities around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and Dubai however the service is expanding rapidly. The company predicts that three cities will be added by the end of the year, with a further 20 planned by the end of 2014, and in North America, the service plans to launch in New York, Toronto and Vancouver. Lim&Tonic currently has around 850 experiences available globally and claims a 92% user satisfaction rate.

The company's CEO and co-founder, Stefan Cordiner, explains the company's aims going forward:
Our focus in purely on premium merchants that are able to offer quality experiences so we can ensure that if you're going to spend your limited free time with us, it will be good.Much like Groupon (http://www.groupon.com/), Lime&Tonic partners with local businesses and takes a cut of all bookings made through its service. The service is completely free to use and can be signed up for via their website (http://limeandtonic.com)*or via Facebook.

Lime&Tonic (http://www.appshopper.com/lifestyle/limetonic-your-social-concierge) is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id686507344?mt=8)]

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CFreymarc
Aug 28, 2013, 11:41 AM
It's easy to sell to people with money. Rather hypocritical to sell at a premium rate while outsourcing the app development job to an eastern European development house.

Colpeas
Aug 28, 2013, 12:22 PM
It's easy to sell to people with money. Rather hypocritical to sell at a premium rate while outsourcing the app development job to an eastern European development house.

Czech Republic is Central Europe, not Eastern. Just sayin'...

RichTF
Aug 28, 2013, 12:48 PM
It's easy to sell to people with money. Rather hypocritical to sell at a premium rate while outsourcing the app development job to an eastern European development house.

I'm a Western software developer. I build my software with IntelliJ, an expensive and very high-quality Java development environment. They also produce an excellent Objective-C editor. Oh, and they're based in the Czech Republic. Please quit with the casual snobbery around which countries can and can't churn out quality, well-paid software devs.

Anyway, sounds like a great app for the London / Apple demographic, both groups willing to spend money on luxuries.

Doctor Q
Aug 28, 2013, 03:39 PM
I build my software with IntelliJ, an expensive and very high-quality Java development environment. They also produce an excellent Objective-C editor. Oh, and they're based in the Czech Republic.
I've used IntelliJ too. Excellent software. The JetBrains headquarters is in the Czech Republic but they also have R&D offices in the U.S. (Massachusetts), Germany, and Russia.

Lime&Tonic is smart to include Rio de Janeiro among their target cities. They want to be ready for the 2016 Olympic tourists!