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Cmode experience

From: Gerhard Fasol <fasol@eurotechnology.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2001 15:41:57 +0900
Message-ID: <3B95C932.BBE42818@eurotechnology.com>
To: fasol@eurotechnology.com
CC: www-mobile@w3.org

After a breakfast meeting with one of our customers I played
with one of the two Cmode vending machines in the Shibuya area
this morning.

I purchased one orange juice receiving my reward points to
my Cmode account, but the machine could not print a discount
ticket for a restaurant because the printer was broken.

I got there around 10:00am, and I was about the only customer
interested in the machine, however there were two "race queen"
type (residents of Japan understand the meaning...) ladies
in Coca-Cola color mini-skirts, 3 market research ladies with
questionnaire sheets waiting for customers to fill in long
sheets of questions about their experience, one official
photographer to photograph the action, and about 8 serious 
looking salary men, who looked like bucho's of 
DoCoMo or Itochu or Coca-Cola to study. While I was drinking
the drink, repair men opened the machine at least three times
to fix something, probably the printer.

Overall, it's a fantastic project, but I guess the mechanical
parts still need some fixing to be reliable.

One thing you can't do with Cmode at this time is to purchase 
a Coke and charge it to the mobile phone bill - which is what 
the hype is often about: using the mobile phone as a purse.
I guess the reason for this is security.

We have a prepared a Cmode section for the imode-faq with
some more details:

Best regards - and happy Cmode-ing to all of you,

Gerhard Fasol
Received on Wednesday, 5 September 2001 02:41:58 UTC

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