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Exclusive to Swisscom Mobile: pay at vending machines with your mobile phone

15 August 2002

A pilot test has now been running for over a year allowing mobile payment at over 50 Coca-Cola machines. This has enabled Swisscom Mobile and Coca-Cola to gain a detailed insight into acceptance of this new method of payment. "We have improved the product design in particular," explains Thomas Schidek, Head of Third Party Business at Swisscom Mobile. "The simpler the payment procedure, the higher the level of acceptance among our customers."

Over 100 machines throughout Switzerland by the end of 2002

 
From September, all Swisscom Mobile customers will be able to pay for drinks at appropriately designated machines using their mobile phone. The customer simply enters a number shown on the machine on his mobile phone and selects the product. Afterwards he receives an SMS as confirmation of purchase. The price for the product is charged to the customer's NATEL bill or in the case of NATEL easy customers directly deducted from the call credit. For each successful purchase Swisscom Mobile charges a transaction fee of CHF 0.25.
The new service can be used with any mobile phone - initially in Switzerland only at specially designated machines, starting with around 90 Coca-Cola machines. Coca-Cola is currently upgrading its machines throughout Switzerland to enable them to accept payment by mobile phone - by the end of the year there will be over 100 such machines. Furthermore, Swisscom Mobile is also in negotiations with other service providers. It is expected that in future it will also be possible to pay for other goods by mobile phone.

Swisscom Mobile as the driving force in m-payment

As the first network provider to introduce this new product Swisscom Mobile is making pioneering progress in the field of mobile payment, i.e. payment for goods and services via mobile terminals. These offerings are to be expanded on an ongoing basis over the next few years in cooperation with our partner enterprises. Furthermore, Swisscom Mobile is actively taking part in a pan-European m-payment initiative launched by the Vodafone Group and aimed at developing a standardised, user-friendly and secure solution for payment by mobile phone.

For an up-to-date list of the upgraded machines visit: http://www.swisscom-mobile.ch

Berne, 15th August 2002

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Swisscom AG
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