transport

The Myki mobile trial is progressing

Last year the government announced that Myki would be coming to mobile phones. Early testing happened late last year, and last week PTV opened up the trial to up to 4000 participants. The technology allows you to load a "virtual" Myki card onto your Android phone within Google Pay, and use it for travelling on public transport. Apparently there are people out there for whom the holy grail o

transport

What we know about the Myki mobile phone trial

The State Government has announced a trial of a mobile phone app for Myki. The Age: Farewell myki cards? Trial for app to let you touch on with your phone PTV: Mobile myki trial State Government: Mobile Myki Trial To Begin Here's what we know about the trial. Will it mean the end of Myki cards? No. Despite the fascination of headline writers with Myki being replaced, a pho

Consumerism, Geek

New phone: Motorola G5 Plus

A reminder that despite how it may sometimes seem, not all my blog posts are about transport. If you want to view only the transport posts, try here. For convenience, this link is also on the menu at the top, under Transport. Over the years I've had many mobile phones. Here's an update to that old list: November 2013: Google Nexus 5 -- I did that Apple-like thing of preordering this befor

Geek, transport

Some phones can read #Myki cards. Could you one day check your expiry/balance on a phone?

For anybody with an NFC (Near Field Contact)-compatible phone (such as my new Google Nexus 5), you can use the this little app -- Tag Info Lite to read Myki cards. Not that it'll tell you very much -- see below. All the actual useful information appears to be encrypted. Apparently in some parts of the world an unencrypted copy of the card balance/status is also stored, allowing apps that

Geek

Every mobile phone I’ve ever owned

Inspired by Andrew's post a few months ago, here's a list of the mobile phones I've had over the years. Ericsson GH198 (from 1994). It had a twirly antenna that could be flat against the main part of the phone, or twirled around and up to make calls. I seem to recall it cost me about $400 plus a 2 year contract I think after that I had an Ericsson GH337 or 338 for a couple of years. Or

Geek

Pics: How they fix mobile phone towers

How do they fix or upgrade a mobile phone tower? With a very big crane, that's how. It wouldn't be a job for someone with a fear of heights. In my family, my sister gave up her landline when she moved last year, and in her household now relies totally on mobile phones for making calls (plus naked DSL for internet). My mum has (without moving) just switched from landline to mobile as

General

Where’s my phone? (New levels of dopiness)

Need to leave. Where's my phone? Not on the counter. Not on my bedside table. Not on the desk. Not on the kitchen table. Not on the dresser. Not on the couch. Look again in all those places. Not found. Really need to go. Reach for home phone. Dial mobile number. It rings. It's in my pocket. Oh man. Not good. * * * Later... Oh. My mobile says a missed call. From a private nu

Culture

Are mobile phones the new cigarettes?

Fifty years ago the people waiting on this bench might have been smoking -- now they're all fiddling with their phones. It's long been thought that mobile phones might be replacing cigarettes: Teenagers may be getting healthier because mobile phones are replacing cigarettes as a symbol of rebellion and fashion. Clive Bates, Ash director, suggested that the need to stay in fashion by o

Retrospectives

Telstra brochure from 1997 explains new-fangled “text messages”

Clearing out some old books, I found this from 1997. It's a Telstra brochure explaining a new product they're introducing: the "SMS Text Message Service." Front cover: Middle pages: Back page: Everything was new once upon a time, right? From the brochure (and this matches my recollection), initially messages could not be sent between operators. This didn't come until April 200

General

The prepaid phone saga

A while back I gave eldest son my old (but quite capable) mobile phone, and got him a SIM card that looked to be a reasonable cheap basic prepaid phone service: Woolworths Everyday Mobile. This worked fine until early October when the phone stopped working. Or to be precise, the SIM stopped working. We tried the usual stuff: turning the phone off then on again, trying the SIM in a different