Archive for the ‘Mobile phones’ Category

Finding the nearest public toilet using SMS

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

I guess it had to come – I’ve tried out SMS systems for locating hotels, petrol stations and hotspots.  Now, one of the London Boroughs has started a system to help mobile phone users to locate the nearest public toilet.

Actually the area covered would appear to be still rather small, but if the rest of the capital joins in then it could be a useful resource.

But will it be any good in rural areas, where public toilets are often locked – the key being kept in local shops?

I’d like to suggest extending the system – to allow such toilets to be unlocked using the same SMS system.  Any vandalism would be easily traced back to the mobile phone owner that unlocked the toilet.

Does anyone else think that this is a good idea?

A mobile phone that just makes phone calls

Friday, February 8th, 2008

When I present new mobile phones to my customers, I am often asked if they also make phone calls!

Quite simply, modern mobile phones have so many options and features, that sometimes the real purpose – making a phone call – seems just to be an extra.

Today, I read about modu, a mobile phone that centres on doing just that – making phone calls.

“Hang on a moment – that’s what my first mobile phone did! ” I hear you cry.  Apparently the difference is the new approach to the subject.  The basic modu phone will make calls, but there will be optional modules (hence the name) to add other features.

As yet, I do not know how much either the phone or the modules will cost, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on developments.


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