Australia’s Telstra is trialing a service that allows GSM subscribers to pay for car parking with their mobile phones. A three-month trial is currently being conducted near Bronte Beach in Sydney. As well as allowing payment, the service will also send an SMS reminder to inform the user of the expiry time.
The trial involves specially designated multi-parking bays. The customer selects the parking bay number and the duration of time required on the meter. She then uses her GSM phone to call a special number and relay the information. The transaction is confirmed via a recorded announcement, and the meter displays the expiry time and free.
The service will cost customers A$0.55 on top of the parking fee. The total amount will then appear on the subscriber’s next phone bill.