Mobile Tech News — Mobiles Turned into Wallets, Free Football Scores, and More

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Mobiles Turned into Wallets in the U.K.

First, they were calculators, then DayTimers, and now mobile devices can be used as digital wallets in the U.K. According to a story at the BBC, the five largest mobile phone carriers have turned on a wallet feature that allows users to purchase items up to 10. Items bought through the service, called PayForIt, will automatically be added on to a customer’s phone bill, and it also can be used to purchase items from ringtones to train tickets.

PayForIt has been designed to work with any handset, and serves as an alternate to premium SMS services that have been slow to catch on. Users will navigate to a web site, see that it is a PayForIt merchant, and be able to pay for goods and services.

Companies such as EA, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung are a few of those who have begun implementing PayForIt.

PayForIt went live in the U.K. on September 1.



4INFO Brings NFL and College Scores and Statistics to Mobiles

Getting precise information quickly is the goal of many who use mobile web services, and 4INFO has added another one sure to please sports enthusiasts. In a recent announcement, the company launched a free text message service that brings college and NFL scores and team and player statistics. Alerts can be setup that send game scores, team schedules, possessions, ball location, down and distance, turnovers, and player standings sent directly to mobile phones.

4INFO can be used to check the real-time status of any game or player by simply sending a text message with the team or player name to 44636 (4INFO).

For more information, and to sign up for this free service and set custom alerts, visit the 4INFO web site on any wireless device.


BallZ 1.0 Released for Palm OS

Tamoggemon Software has just released BallZ 1.0 for Palm OS devices. A variant of the Microsoft JezzBall game, BallZ contains 30 colorful and unique levels that can be adjusted to the player’s skills in five steps. It also has background music and sound effects to add to the immerse gameplay.

BallZ is compatible with all Palm OS 5 handhelds that have a color screen (including Treo 600). It can be purchased from the Brighthand Store for $14.95, or downloaded as a 14-day trial version from Tamoggemon Software.




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