Ceefax takes off with road warriors

Business travellers and taxi drivers can now turn their mobile phones into a Ceefax TV to give them the same flight, road and...

Business travellers and taxi drivers can now turn their mobile phones into a Ceefax TV to give them the same flight, road and other information as those watching the box.

Using TextView.tv from Malta-based TextView, users can view the flight arrival and departure information from the BBC’s Ceefax service for all the UK’s major and regional airports. Already, taxi drivers serving Stansted Airport are using the service.

Ken Way, of Kenway Cars, which is located at Stansted Airport, says, “Minute-by-minute updates of when planes are due to land at all airports means we don’t have to hang around arrival lounges when a flight is delayed.”

Users can access news, sports and TV listings, which are also carried by Ceefax.

Users wanting access to the service text “go textview” to 89080 on their Wap-enabled phone and are sent a message, which allows them to link to the TextView site.

Their phone is then loaded with £1.50 worth of access to the TextView.tv service – the cost to the user of that first access call (paid to their mobile operator).

When users need more access after the £1.50 expires, they are given the option of paying via premium rate SMS through their operator or via credit or debit card.

The cost to access the system is 50p a day, plus operator call charges. The billing system is supported by mobile content specialist Bango.net.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia

This was last published in May 2004

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