Sunday, May 31, 2009

Phones are used for electrical wallet.

Soon, phones could be credit cards as a cashless payment replaced. Simple, cheap and fast payment will be via phone - when there are so-called Mobile Payment not a few practice problems.


Berlin - Every second German hopes, with the mobile phone is not only, but also pay them. The scientists at the University of Augsburg found. "Consumers want it and do not understand why it still does not work," says the head of the Research wi-mobile at the University of Augsburg, Key Pousttchi. It would be so handy in a vending machine, or in a taxi at the supermarket checkout only to the mobile zücken and all payments from one hand to do.

Trial of a Dutch supermarket chain in any case governed by the Mobile Payment been enthusiastic, says Pousttchi. In this experiment, however, have to work, so far only a few mobile payment methods offered: "You held the phone to a station at the box office, it made 'Beep' and that's it," says the scientist.

Ease of use is for the customers of A and O, because there are already other payment methods, whether in cash or by credit card. "Since M-Payment must at least be easier or nicer to use. If you click here, and yet there's something to select, the procedure is dead," he knows from experience with other experiments.

How can you make money?

It would be too cumbersome, for example, at the box office only an SMS reply to the merchant and the payment trigger. Again, this possibility has already been tested, but could not be enforced.

When payment is only for the SMS mobile services like ring tones in use. One reason is that all payments to these so-called Premium SMS-third of the money to the mobile operator, and another third is still often to other service providers, which the payments.

Reason for the slow deployment of mobile payment is Pousttchi according to the complexity of the technology. You will still underestimated. Difficult is the business itself: How can one with M-payment money? And how will the security be ensured? Which procedure is the best and who will introduce it? Of the few suppliers of mobile payment methods, two at the beginning of this year: Crandy - a word created from credit and cell phone - and LUUP. This company made the sending of money between individuals possible.

"NFC is the future"

At the moment exists only MPASS, a system for customers of Vodafone and O2, which is based on the payments in the Internet is limited, and "Call & flexible pay" from the telecoms, with the machines can be paid. Success is a promising technology, which is also the Dutch supermarket was trying to basically says Pousttchi. It is based on wireless technology RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). An RFID chip in a piece of clothing could be the price of the phone display and send a payment request. RFID implementation for mobile is close-range communication (NFC, Near Field Communication) called.


RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. An RFID system consists of a transponder, the incoming radio signals and answer to an object is located. Moreover, a reader of them. The transponder can be as small as a grain of rice.

The implementation of RFID for mobile is a Near Field Communication (NFC) refers. This is a transmission standard for contactless exchange of data over very short distances. It was developed by Philips and Sony. With an NFC mobile consumers will be comfortable and cashless ticketing, for example, by touching or solve a so-called tags, information from a poster on their phone can.


"In three years there will be no new phones without NFC give" expected Pousttchi. "What mobile payment at close range, it is the future of NFC." With an NFC mobile phone of Nokia, for example, were customers of the Rhine-Main transport association in a pilot project by touching a stop on the radio chips attached information and ticket purchase.


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How long it will take to the Mobile Payment prevails, depends on the behavior of participants, says Key Pousttchi. Still, it would be possible with a really good method to market quickly aufzurollen ". If this does not happen, American corporations could win the race, just as in the credit card was. In the Netherlands in any event, every second customer specified, for a mobile phone with mobile payment function, the network provider to another. Actually an unbeatable argument in the hotly competitive mobile market.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Startup problems with Nokia's software shop.

Software, games, ring tones: Nearly a year after Apple announced on Tuesday Nokia's Ovi Store opened its doors. Million mobile phone users can get with extensions for their mobile phones supply - in theory. Indeed, shortly after the opening of the first problems showed.


With plenty of delays are now also the Finns to the starting line: On Tuesday opened the world mobile phone leader Nokia's Ovi-Store, an online store, where mobile phone users with software, games and amusing little person. At the opening of the online shop Nokia fans have waited a long time. Finally, Apple has been almost a year before, how to successfully market mobile phone software: Within the first nine months were from the App Store for the iPhone one billion programs downloaded.

This figure has now topped Nokia begun. Actually, the task of the Finns can easily be overcome. That at least put the sales figures closely. While Apple's market researchers Gartner that in the first quarter of 2009, not quite four million iPhones to sell could put Nokia in the same period, nearly 15 million smartphones - and also sold around 82 million less powerful mobile phones.

Despite this advantage is the market leader is not easy to catch up with its competitors. This shows itself in the scope of supply. In Apple's App Store are now more than 35,000 applications, games and fun programs to find. Many of them free, the bulk of the pay programs at prices of 0.79 and 1.79 euros.

Rates up to 40 euros

Nokia's shop has plenty of growth there. Currently, he offers, for example, 471 for the current touch-screen mobile phone Nokia 5800 XpressMusic on. The share in the areas of programs, audio and video, games and personalization on. The percentage fee deals is considerably higher than for Apple. Thus, the store on Wednesday for the 5800 model only 34 free title, on the other hand, has 437 paid listings.

Only rarely stumbles man rummaging through a software available for 0,99 Euro is offered. Even for simple tones should be 2.99 berappen, Wallpapers for mobile phones cost 1.99 euros. Games, such as the card game "Omar Sharif Bridge, beat most with 4.99 Euros. True it is expensive but when you get to seriously hunt usable applications. A tool that is available Wi-Fi networks in the area indicates, has a price of 9,99 euros. Dictionaries and cities leaders are 15 to 25 euros, office utilities and security software costs up to 40 euros.

A "total disaster"

But at least the first approximately 24 hours after the opening of the Ovi Store, it was not even sure if we ever found admittance. Apparently the systems were not designed to rush to the start of worldwide sales followed. Partial receipted Store logon attempts with error messages, sometimes the pages were just white. Unusually, these performance problems with the introduction of such online services, however, does not and it is expected that the situation calmed once the great early interest has resolved.

But many laurels could Nokia software does not yet store einheimsen, neither Nokia nor fans of technology journalists. The high-tech blog Techcrunch called about the opening as "
total disaster, "criticized the inconsistent user guide and noticed that some have recommended applications in the morning a few hours later, no longer in the store were found.

Similar criticism is based on the Symbian mobile operating system specialist website
Ovi Allaboutsymbian with the store to court. Also there is the criticism hakelige operation. Above all, you disturb the specialists that the Store does not distinguish between different applications based on Java on and those that are directly adapted to Symbian.

However, there is, however, that the Ovi Store still far with Apple's App Store or the Android Market for mobile phones with the Google Android operating system can absorb. But still, there is widespread agreement that the Finns still around the rudder cracks Ovi from the store but still a successful model can tinker. Tech Digest has even already have a
Five-point plan.

Jesus programs, beer glass simulations fart and software are not among them - this is precisely such a fun-time applications to the burners at rival Apple. Whether Nokia users should not have joy?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The iPhone, which is none.

Success attracts imitators to. Just like designer clothes and expensive watches are also increasingly sophisticated mobile phones copied. blogs ONLINE has a Chinese iPhone copy under the microscope. If the cheap model, what the manufacturer promises?


What is that? It just looks like an iPhone, clearly. But it's smaller, much smaller. If there's an iPhone nano would be, then it would probably look like this - or something like that. Because what happened to me because in the hand is pressed, is no iPhone, it only does so.

Indeed, it is by its manufacturer as m888a means, but by that name on the device is no trace to be seen. Instead, there is great "mini" on the back, next to the Apple logo.

An Apple logo? Well, almost, because as the metal was shaped, how does an apple that also recalls Apple Crest fruit, but is somehow wrong, almost as if someone had the wrong template placed on the copier. But so have the curious failure of the Chinese Nachbauer still no end.

Especially nice is the lettering on the back cover has succeeded. Just like the original there are a serial number and the reference to the country of manufacture to China. Where Apple makes it clear however that the device was designed in California, is on the clone to read: "Made by USA". Aha, produced by the U.S. also. Whether the know?

Not every icon keeps what it promises

Hardly, because the developer and manufacturer of the mini, the
CisCam Electronics Co. LTD., Has its headquarters in the Chinese industrial city of Shenzhen. Originally, the company had engaged in the manufacture of network surveillance cameras and specialized. Meanwhile, the engineers seem but copies of successful mobile phone as lucrative field of activity to have discovered. Besides iPhone replicas offering the company openly Nokia, Samsung and Sony-Ericsson clones. Even phones in the style of Nokia's Vertu brand Nobel Ciscam has on offer.

Which has been used as "mini iPhone" device advertised, however, precious little to do. Apart from its aluminum rear of the device is not noble to be found. However, the software developer an honest effort, the Apple-imitated look. The main menu presents itself with smaller versions of the iPhone icons. They have, however, often quite different features than the originals. A click on the Google Maps logo carries around in a file manager.

Where is the hidden pen?

Anyway reveals immediately that the pretty icons are only aufgeflanscht. Directly below, the graphical splendor to an end, shows a text-only menus. The show also that they do not actually touch screen for mobile phones designed. Next to each menu item is emblazoned a number between 0 and 9 Had a keyboard, you could probably order the functions by pressing a button control.

In the small iPhone but you have to try each line of text with a finger to take what is tricky. The only 2.6 inch screen is small for the many lines of text presented simply too little space. Well, that Ciscam pen as a pointer operator assistance mitliefert. Pity that the design was apparently not taken into account, completely under the back lid is hidden. To join the mini-pen, you must first commercially the phone partly disassembled and then put back together.

Everything except Internet

But there are also highlights. Thus, the two m888a Sim card slots, can therefore two providers simultaneously einbuchen. This is handy when you call for voice and data provider uses different holiday or a SIM card of the country in addition to the trip home would like to insert. Moreover, the battery is replaceable and the Bluetooth feature allows you to transfer music. One such feature is Apple's first with the next software update in due course.

The musical abilities of the device itself, however, are on MP3 files, which are but not many can be accommodated. Although the product is stamped indicating 8GB is only 1 GB of memory installed. Internet functions do not exist. Neither a Web browser or an e-mail program are available. Given the slow data rate of the built GPRS module, this is probably better that way.

Is there a copy of his cult?

A real iPhone is the replacement m888a or "iPhone mini" so little. With Apple's cult-mobile announced it just a little appearance, nothing else. However, not even the price. For 85 dollars, about 62 euros, praises the manufacturer's device. For a simple GSM mobile phone with dual sim touch screen feature and not a bad price.


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But who wants to save the mobile phone, is now no longer on such replicas instructed. Only on Tuesday, for example, entry-level Nokia phones that have similar favorable as the iPhone clone, but was technically far superior. These include the Nokia 2720 fold, a folding mobile phone, which still go online via EDGE may not look sick and even 55 Euro cheaper than Apple's clone.

Similar low-cost mobile phones is available from various manufacturers, quite legally and with warranty, if something breaks. Whether this is recognized by the "mini iPhone" can expect? Doubts are appropriate.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More protection against pushy salesmen.

"Phone number is suppressed" - Callcenter may no longer hide behind the claim, if they call unsuspecting citizens to newspaper subscriptions or perceived Glückslose for sale. And who ordered something on the phone, can easily reverse order soon.


Berlin - Telefonvermarktern be closer limits. The industry, which often unwanted calls to customers by surprise and pushing operations, it will be difficult. After the Bundestag voted on Friday, the Chamber of countries for stricter regulations in the fight against illicit phone advertising.

None Advertising: Consumers will be better protected from unwanted sales calls protected

With the new rules should be easier for citizens by telephone contracts may resign. A comprehensive Widerrufsrecht enables them to place orders again to reverse. Moreover threatening call centers that work with suppressed numbers, sentences of up to 10,000 euros. May be called only those who previously expressly for such calls has given his consent ( "opt-in" procedure). In cases of infringement, so-called Cold Calling, threatening a fine up to 50,000 euros.

In practice, this approval is connected but often, even if this does not realize is that appropriate consent ergaunert the industry is happy with tricks such as the notorious among the small games. Or it connects a service - for example the award of interest-free loan to the Electric Discounter - on the agreement, the address "to others for advertising purposes." Even in cases where the consumer to share their data freely, there is the phone advertisers such thing as approval.

Many companies call whistle, however, to such formalities: they harass consumers without a permit and provide data from which you can close, who is on call, preferably only when it becomes clear that an interest of the customer.

Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) said: "The prohibition of unauthorized advertising telephone calls in the past, some have been systematically ignored. The air is thin for now advertising annoying callers." The agreed package of measures specifically put there to indicate where problems had arisen: in the most affected by telephone advertising industries such as gaming and lottery services in the enforcement of consumer rights and in conflicts over untergeschobene contracts in connection with telephone advertisements.

The most significant changes at a glance

Contracts for the supply of newspapers, periodicals and magazines as well as gaming and lottery services can be without giving any reason, as has been the case with all other contracts on the phone is possible. It is for the right of withdrawal does not matter whether the advertisement call was illegal.
If the consumer time revoke a contract has, he needs him to fulfill. That means he must not pay back orders. The deadline for a timely withdrawal is - depending on the circumstances of the case - two weeks or a month. You will only begin when the consumer a notice on his right in text form (such as your e-mail or fax) received. For illicit advertising calls, the minimum time a regular month.
The right to call for promotional lotteries or magazine and newspaper subscriptions is now a month.
If the consumer about his right not taught in text form, it may Contracts for services, which he on the phone or on the Internet has, henceforth revoked. That right there is not, if a company with the execution of the service without the express consent of the consumer or the consumer started the execution itself has been held.
Phone contracts, with those so-called "circuit in the background", such as for example electricity, gas or telephone company bills, will only be effective if the consumer has confirmed in writing.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Who is poor, does tend to the fixed network.

It sounds paradoxical, but is detectable: in particular low-income households with affordable waive fixed line and rely solely on the mobile phone. Approximately nine percent of all German households have no regular phone line anymore.


Berlin - In almost every tenth household replaces the traditional fixed-mobile. Around four million households in Germany were only the beginning of 2008 with mobile phones equipped with additional fixed lines in place. That, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Thursday, relying on results of current income and consumption sample. In more than nine percent of all German households there is no traditional phone line, 2003, the proportion of households with mobile phones and no landline phone even at four per cent.

No G1 no iPhone, but works: phones are sometimes not a luxury, but rather the opposite of that

The fact that it is primarily low-income households are the mobile phone before the fixed preference affects irritating at first sight: Mobile telephony is still significantly more expensive than the classical variant.

To explain the figures anyway. The cost argument is valid only if the phone also uses to make a call. In principle, can be a prepaid mobile telephone on the purchase price of the card to reduce - if you can just call. A monthly fee is for prepaid mobile is also irrelevant. Payment is only, which is also used.

This is the advantage that mobile phones offer, if you change the place of residence more often than usual: The re-registration of the trouble is fixed line. Similarly, the typical cell phone-only household then from there are especially very young households whose members are clearly moving more often than older and to low income people.

In more than every third household (35 percent) of under 25-year-olds, there was only the beginning of 2008 mobile phones and no fixed phone line anymore. The percentage of exclusive mobile user households increased with increasing age of main income recipients and recipients from the inside. In the 25 - to 34-year-olds, there were still 19 percent of households in the 55 - to 64-year-olds only six percent and the 70-year-olds about two out of 100 households.

The cell phone rings, even if you can not pay more

The highest proportions of households with mobile phones and no fixed for low-wage earners: while the proportion of households with a net income to 900 euros for 23 percent, was he in the income groups from 2600 euro only three percent. This structure blogs, according to Federal Statistical Office, even to the possible employment of the residents will geblickt: 21 percent of unemployed households, eleven percent of workers and six percent of households of the self-employed households had only cell phones and no fixed phone line anymore.

And this is not an expression of failed preferences, but a form of defense against the costs: poor shifting the cost of telephony to the people who call them. And they prefer price models, where it costs an absolute control down to Einzelgespräch have. The mobile phone is also certain that it is still achievable, even if it costs for the next prepaid card can no longer bear.

Apple finds Jesus not good.

Who's with small programs for the iPhone wants to make money must be in Apple's App Store to create only what is offered is centrally located, has opportunities to be perceived. But Apple does not take long for each program - so you've got standards. Easy to understand but they are not.


It is normal that Apple has not justified its decision: Power words from Cupertino are not only act when "guru" Steve Jobs expresses it. The Apple model is based on a good piece that her small company's world with an iron grip. Because the highly efficient business-world lives like this from Apple, not just any profane markets with products to use. Apple makes its markets with a preference - and where there is re-inventing the wheel.

Offensive: Saints and humor combine, you can not find Apple

Nowhere is the hitherto succeeded so perfectly as with the iPods (vulgo: MP3 player) and iPhones (vulgo: mobile phone). The secret of Apple's exorbitant success with these products is not least is that the product developer and supplier industries in the iron grip has. Who wants to sell music online - this law has been in years - must be in Apple's iTunes Music Store and be represented Apple can dictate terms. Who programs for the iPhone will sell, must be in Apple's App Store represented. But not everyone is allowed.

Rejected was currently very small, for example, the software "
Me as Holy "of the developer Benjamin Kahle.

The program is one of the typical small iPhone gimmicks, which are useful as some describe it, some more than cute or funny, as many more and even more silly than actually completely superfluous. If you like, inherit the iPhone program Tweety and Co., the stupid little cell phone applications, the pain-free years of service prior to the mobile hochjazzten cult. Today squawk just chicks no more silly, hysterical enthirnte rats or frogs, and on mobile phones in the music charts. Today, the iPhone user the phone to the lips to create a virtual beer to drink. Very funny is that - even if only very briefly original.

Even Benjamin Kahle had invented something original. That it would work, he knew - finally, the program builds on its already successful iPhone software "Animalizer": Here you can find cute pet photos with the insertion of a separate portraits, for example, into a sheep's head, then aufhübschen. His pig is beautiful, so to say - "Me so holy" varies with the functionality of the program in animalcule another topic.

Also his new plant would have a program with potential for success may be because the operation is described with a few words. Who "Me so holy" wants to use must

Religion is a sacred figure and decide
a photo of the insert,
a small text message type
and the whole ship.

Seconds later, the addressee of the message has a kind of picture postcards from the sender as a saint greets.

Me So Holy iPhone App from Benjamin Margolis on Vimeo.

But the developer has to work his program from the animal kingdom into the kingdom of the saints to port, probably made in vain: Apple rejected the program. And unlike in most cases with justification: "Me so holy" is contrary to section 3.3.12 of the Terms of Apple made available for free iPhone software development kit (SDK), the production of iPhone games and their publication in Apple's own store allows.

Section 3.3.12 is a kind of pornography scheme, offering the "offensive" content bans. The fact that users with "Me so holy" is not only an image of Jesus and Co., but even their own to make Jesus and Co., Apple faces - and the program flew out of the shop.

Decency rules are part of the GTC

This is by no means rare. The fact that Apple apparently thinks that it was offensive, Jesus pictures with your own picture to send, you can still understand it perfectly: Humor is nothing you with most religions, or in combination will bring, if you have his grandchildren grow up to see wants. Also that an iPhone program that is on
violent shaking of infants is based, nothing is what Apple wants to be associated, one can understand.

For other appleigen decisions may be the program's makers, however veräppelt feel. As an example iBoobs, the small application, when it comes to breasts shaken after Schwingen is rejected, it was trying to morally or aesthetically motivated censorship to believe. But far from it: the competition from Wobble Bikini Babes provides and offers exactly the same - and more. Because here you can not just shake breasts, but also to rear parts. Very witzisch, Alder, eyh.

So why iBoobs flew out of the shop? Because it is the functionality of the corresponding wackelnden Babes: Apple reserves the right, functional duplicity simply to prohibit them. This reasoning was also mail programs, which Apple's own iPhone Apps-mail may have a rival, is prohibited. Opera Software renounced from the outset of the new Opera Mini browser (market leader in the mobile market) for the iPhone, because Apple's Safari Opera so that competition would have a chance, and thus would have been - Apple would have the distribution via App Store probably rejected.

Indecent is apparently also politics, because even a game where you shoes on George W. Bush and could pose a trampoline, where you can umherwerfen Barack Obama, were rejected. A South Park application for dirty language flew out, "Slasher" because of violent content: The program showed a kitchen knife and left the phone painful yelp when you shook it.

Such nonsense, Apple also other reasons from the shop repaid: Applications will be disqualified, the "no benefit for the user" status. These include - as opposed to virtual beer and breasts wackelnden - the application "I am rich" and "I am poor", which ultimately did not much more than just make that clear.

Rules? Sovereign decisions? Arbitrariness?

"I am rich" was also the first totally functionless program for the iPhone: The application showed no more than one incident-free pictures - and demonstrated the well-equipped pecuniary status of the buyer by the fact that it should cost $ 1000. "I am poor" on the other hand, one could not refuse because of futility, here again the argument went, the program was indecent or obscene.

"Pull my finger", however, fell through, but then was lucky to return to the store included: rolling since the ruble, because obviously enjoys the game, where one mobile phone to fart brings by a cartoon character on finger pulls , the highest popularity. Whether this is tasteful, not offensive, useful or for other reasons is not superfluous?

At least the people who buy the application, do seem to assume. And thanks to Apple, they may rethink the whole of the official App Store, the only approved for quality worthy of programs can be found.