As much as I love the vastness of the internet, sometimes I just want to find the perfect little black dress (should Liz and Kristen not be around to tell me just what to buy!) or the name of a great family restaurant at the beach without having to scroll through a hundred options or poll all my Facebook friends. Enter the Operator app, a hot new app for iOS that can connect me with experts around the country, 24/7, to help me with requests both big and small.

Co-founded by one of the founders¬†of another groundbreaking service, Uber — maybe you’ve heard of it? — Operator is supposed to harken us back to ye olden days, when we could push 0 on our phones and ask a telephone operator¬†for some¬†help with a number.

However instead of just asking for phone numbers, the Operator app can help you track down everything from a first-edition book, to a gift for your wine-loving mother-in-law, to great Bluetooth speakers under $50.

Operator App is like a free mobile concierge to help you track down anything at all, from gifts to vacation homes to the perfect black dress | review

If you like their suggestion, purchase the item right from the Operator app, which remarkably claims¬†no added fees or markups. They’ll even¬†keep you posted on the shipping status until it arrives at your door.

Operator free app for iOS connects you with shopping experts 24/7

I particularly love that the Operator app can help you find things to do in your own town or an unfamiliar spot on a family vacation. For parents who need to find a great rainy-day activity or when you want a quiet little spot for a last-minute dinner à deux, a service like Operator could quite literally save the day. Or night.

Launched back in April to a massive backlog of 80,000+ interested users, Operator no longer has a wait list for new users which is good news for those of us who want to download this free app right away.

While I’m sure my¬†need¬†for my iPhone apps like Google, Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Amazon aren’t¬†going away, I think Operator is going to be a very handy new app indeed.

Check out he Operator app for iOS at iTunes or learn more at

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