Mobiles are currency of tomorrow, says Virgin

You will never have to worry about having change in your pocket when you want a drink in the future, if the Virgin Mobile...

You will never have to worry about having change in your pocket when you want a drink in the future, if the Virgin Mobile cellular vending machine, unveiled this week, is anything to go by.

Daniel Thomas

A prototype "coinless" machine, built in association with mobile company Ericsson, was on show at the Live 2000 exhibition at Earls Court. The machine will soon be put into public use in one of Virgin's London Megastores, now that the exhibition is over.

To make a purchase, mobile phone customers have to call a number unique to the machine; the can is dispensed to the user and the cost is then debited to the phone account.

Technology behind the coinless machines could be used for more expensive items in the future, such as CDs and videos. There are also plans to make future machines accessible to any mobile user on any network.

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