A few months ago I-mode was introduced in the Netherlands and Germany. The mobile data service possibilities on these I-mode services are growing daily. It is also possible to pay for parking meters with the use of the mobile I-mode phone.
Users only need to register themselves with their I-mode phone at arrival and departure at the parking meter. Using the I-mode phone at the parking meter is possible in a variety of cities in the Netherlands. More cities are expected to have these parking meters in the nearby future.
Parking with I-mode is an initiative from Park-Line BV together with KPN en Nedap. By choosing option 3 (traffic) at the main I-mode menu, users can register with Park-Line. As soon as they are registered, the mobile Parking card is send to their home address. They then can start using the I-mode parking meters. The user of the Parking card will park his/her car and put the Mobile Parking card on the dashboard. The user then calls Park-Line and state the number that is to be found at the closest parking meter. When they are planning to leave, the mobile Parking card user only has to let the Park-Line people now that he is leaving again. The parking police can check if the user has paid via the Mobile Parking card.
Registration costs are 6 Euro and a one-year subscription will cost 9 Euro. The money will be direct debited from bank accounts at the end of each month.
Users can check were they have parked and how much they paid for it at a personal Website. And as an extra service users can be reminded of their parking action in case they should forget to sign out.
It is interesting to note that these sorts of applications are also possible on other mobile services; I-mode isn’t a requirement for that. The other question I have is that parking at meters is often a matter of a few dollars, the mobile telephone calls to Park-Line alone could make up half of the total parking charge.
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