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Mobile phones double up as bus tickets

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Mobile could soon double up as travel cards, with Nokia planning to try out a wireless ticket system on German buses.

Early next year travellers in the city of Hanau, near Frankfurt, will be able to pay for tickets by passing their phone over a smart-card reader already installed on the buses.

 

Passengers will need to own a Nokia 3220 handset which will have a special shell installed on it.

 

The system would reduce queues and make travelling easier, said Nokia.

more here >>> BBC News: Mobiles double up as bus tickets

 

It would be very handy alright ;)

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It'd be nice to find a secure way to have one's IsarCard on the phone (though there's really not much of a problem with the paper version... and no worries about a software crash :blink: )... ya know sometimes low tech is the best tech

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You hardly have to worry about a software crash when it's just a smart-card built into the casing:

 

Passengers will need to own a Nokia 3220 handset which will have a special shell installed on it.

You could probably achieve the same effect with any old phone and a bit of double-sided tape.

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At the moment I store my Isar Card inside my phone cover, no honestly I do.

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Passengers will need to own a Nokia 3220 handset which will have a special shell installed on it.

Not only that, they would also need to be sure that the battery is well charged at all times... no power, no ticket?? :huh:

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Todays atricle, states that a special Java applet will be loaded onto

your phone in order to manage the ticket "SMS"...

 

You can use ANY phone that has Java in it...

 

ALSO: MVV are looking into this, but have not agreeded to it, as they

would have to pay Millions to install Cell network Antt. / base stations

into the 85+ km's of tunnel that don't get signals. Only the 4km of S-Bahn

Tunnels between Hnf. and Ost Bahnhof are "Wired"

 

And of course the people are worried about cell phone radition... <_<

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