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Subject: Re: UKNM: Re: Bluetooth (was Mobile Commerce)
From: Fiona Campbell-Howes
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 17:18:30 +0100

Just catching up on this thread. Have been looking at some Andersen
Consulting thing about Bluetooth and micropayments...not a lot of detail and
the link to the white paper was broken, but they claim to have prototyped a
bluetooth application whereby you can use a mobile phone to buy a drink from
a vending machine if you don't have any money, by letting the mobile phone
pick up an infrared signal from the drink machine when in range.

Clearly this is not a WAP application and it bypasses the telecom carrier
completely. Allegedly, such transactions are billed to your "online payment

Can anyone explain how this kind of online payment account might work?

Sorry if this is too techie for this forum.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Cowley <kcowleyatglintbill [dot] com>
To: <uk-netmarketingatchinwag [dot] com>
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2000 5:37 PM
Subject: RE: UKNM: Re: Mobile Commerce

> Here's the state of play:
> BT Charge you for the phone call
> A share goes to the content provider
> ICSTIS (the regulatory body for premium rate) restricts the value of such
> calls to �20, and the top rate in this country for most content is �1 per
> minute.
> In some territories (cf Belgium, Germany, Australia) 'drop charges' can
> you substantially immediately upon connection, with again a proportion
> to the 'content provider'
> GIB runs a global premium rate ISP which can charge in this way for
> content/downloads anywhere in the world. Email off list if anyone's
> interested.
> Ken Cowley
> New Product Development
> Global Internet Billing
> 598-608 Chiswick High Road
> London
> W4 5RT
> http://www.glintbill.com
> +44 (0)20 8612 8612
> DDI: +44(0)20 8612 6142
> Mob: +44 (0)7909 526822
> kcowleyatglintbill [dot] com

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