Pay parking by text message (Revisited)

There are so many amazing features that keep popping up that ensures the mobile phone is strong and absolutely going nowhere. For example, phones now have the ability to take a picture of a billboard that has a certain offer and a coupon will be sent to you via text message. You can purchase all your concert tickets via your phone. Also, in Canada, MasterCard has stepped up and is doing a trial now of paying for such items as gas, food via your mobile phone.

We came across the website called “SMS Parking”. It’s only available in Amsterdam but can certainly work for us Canadians. Rather than swipe your credit card or put loose change in the parking meter, all you have to do to pay for your ticket is send a text message to a dedicated number. Seems pretty easy. Paying for parking in Canada by cell phone started back in 2004 through Impark called “Impark Wireless” and costs the parking fee plus an extra $0.35 charge every time you park.

Even Globalive CEO Anthony Lacavera has a vision for using the mobile phone for its usual features:”Has anyone thought about the potential to use mobile phones for a lot more than just calls, browsing, and texting? A lot of mobile operators around the world have point of sale integration in place with retailers to permit all different kinds of mobile payments – I think this could work well in Canada to pay for any road/bridge tolls, parking meters, and anything else we all need to carry change around for!”

What do you dream the mobile phone will eventually do in Canada?

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