Procrastinators – whether you are one or you know one, they exist. Sometimes, getting tickets to a show in advance or planning things ahead of time just isn’t possible, but that doesn’t mean that you should miss out on fun. If you are of the procrastinating sort, there’s an app out there that will make your life a lot easier (and more exciting too). WillCall is an Android and iOS app that aims to bring you last minute tickets and event updates.
Using push notifications, WillCall app will send an event update to your smartphone. When this happens, you have the option of clicking on the “purchase tickets” button, which will then allow you to purchase event tickets (hooked up with your credit card). The idea behind WillCall is a great one, though this reviewer is disappointed that the startup is currently only happening in San Francisco. Still, if you live in San Fran and you want to check out WillCall, here’s what you can look forward to.
After testing out the iOS app, downloading WillCall proved to be as simple as selecting the app and clicking “download.” You’ll want to make sure to allow WillCall to send you push notifications and to track your current location, so that you can get updates as they were meant to be sent to you. Once that’s done, you’ll see a handy help screen and some other details on the home screen. Sadly, you’ll also see a notice stating that WillCall is only available in San Francisco at the moment (more cities coming soon, the app states).
Once the app has been downloaded, you can sign up for a WillCall account using your current Facebook account (the regular permissions apply). If you don’t want to use Facebook, you can sign up for a WillCall account the old fashioned way by offering your email and a username/password combo. When checking out the San Francisco offerings for this evening, WillCall told me that no events are available. This is somewhat disappointing considering that it’s a Friday night and there are bound to be some shows in San Francisco worth looking into (unless, of course, all the WillCall tickets have been sold).
A Discounted Price Sweetens the Deal
WillCall not only provides users with last minute tickets to music shows and other events, but this app works on the same premise that hotel sites do. Simply put, musicians and other entertainers love to fill packed houses, but this isn’t always a possibility. More often than not, a few seats within an auditorium or theater are not full. When this happens, tickets can be sold at the last possible minute for half the price. WillCall aims to bring users these discounted prices. So, if you use this app, not only will you get a change to snag those last minute tickets, but you’ll also have a change to get those last minute tickets at a deeply discounted price.
There’s obviously a market for the likes of WillCall. Users of all kinds will certainly pick up on this free app – especially those of us who like to wait until the last minute to buy tickets to a concert or event. This reviewer is just hoping that WillCall will branch out to include other cities before the buzz about the app fizzles and dies.