First Mobile Car Insurance Quote Service Launched

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The UK's fastest growing motor insurer, swiftcover.com, has become the first to offer people car insurance quotes through their mobile phone internet connection.

The UK's fastest growing motor insurer, swiftcover.com, has become the first to offer people car insurance quotes through their mobile phone internet connection.

The innovative service will enable people to get an instant quote when they are away from their computer, for instance if they are comparing cars at a second- hand-car-dealer or filling time whilst travelling.

Until now, the only way of accessing an online quote has been via a PC or a PDA (personal digital assistant), which is not always convenient or possible. swiftcover.com has changed all that by providing an accurate quote, based on the driver's claims history and the car registration, whilst consumers are on the move.

The service is easy to use and available 24 hours a day. Customers access the mobile site either by texting "Swift" to 80231 or by clicking on a special link from their phone provider's mobile home page. They will get through to a simple form which asks them for their name, postcode, car registration, date of birth, occupation and years of no claims. By filling this in, they will get a no-obligation quote in less than 60 seconds.

The new service is just the latest in a line of innovations from swiftcover.com, which was voted the cheapest car insurer in the UK by moneysupermarket.com last year. Launched in 2005, swiftcover.com is still the UK's only 100 per cent online car insurer, negating the need for costly call centres and endless paperwork. In 2006, it was also the first general insurer to introduce a text message quotation service.

Links to the new service will be available on the mobile home pages for Yahoo, O2 and Vodafone, and will be promoted throughout the UK with a national advertising campaign.

Tina Shortle, marketing director at swiftcover.com, said, "When you're considering spending thousands of pounds on a new car, you want all the facts at your disposal - and that includes how much it costs to insure. All too often, people end up losing out on a bargain because they don't have enough information to make a decision.

"Our aim is to make car insurance as easy, simple and convenient as possible. By harnessing the next generation of mobile internet technology, we're enabling people to get the facts at their finger-tips and shortening the time and hassle of car insurance quotations."

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