Ericsson, Telenor Offer Solution for Wireless E-Commerce
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The first service to be launched makes it possible to buy cinema tickets using a mobile phone as the e-commerce terminal, with the cost charged directly to a credit card, bank account or an e-commerce account. The solution can be easily adapted to the purchase of a variety of other services and products, the companies said.
In April, mobile phone users in Norway will begin testing the solution. The ticket service gives the user a menu on the mobile phone display, showing information about movies that are being shown. The user orders and pays for tickets, receives a confirmation number for the purchase, and can arrive at the cinema at show time to pick up the tickets.
To make use of this service--and others to be developed--users will be equipped with a new GSM mobile phone that supports the SIM application toolkit feature and Telenor Mobil's SIM card, a new type of card with extended memory and security features. The solution is open for evolution into the new Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) standard.
Ericsson and Telenor Mobil are co-operating with Filmweb, a company that is a content provider on behalf of the Norwegian film and cinema business. Filmweb is responsible for the integration of this service into the cinemas' ticket systems.