Archive for January, 2011
Its been our experience that At&t tends to block any type of APP that circumvents their operating system. If you have some experience with this APP please let us know.
e-Cycle, an official buyback and recycling partner of Verizon Wireless, will be buying back AT&T iPhone units onsite at Macworld Expo 2011.
Macworld Expo runs from Thursday January 27 through Saturday January 29 in San Francisco. Attendees can visit the e-Cycle booth and trade in their old iPhone units for cash.
The Verizon iPhone launch is just around the corner, a fact that is giving many AT&T iPhone owners cause for consideration. e-Cycle is taking advantage of the opportunity to accept in-person buybacks.
According to e-Cycle, only 10% of the roughly 130 million phones discarded each year are recycled. Not only do many of these phones still have resale value, passing a phone on to a new owner is a lot better for the environment than tossing the device in a landfill.
If you aren’t going to be at Macworld, e-Cycle has an online buyback tool for both the iPhone and iPad. Payout depends on the model of phone and its condition. As an example, we were offered $160 for our not quite year-old 32GB iPhone 3GS. Depending on how far along you are in your contract and how much you originally paid for your iPhone, selling the old unit could offset a significant portion of a Verizon iPhone’s cost or the AT&T early termination fee (ETF).
e-Cycle says that it scrubs all devices using “the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures,” and phones traded in at Macworld will be wiped of all user data upon receipt.
We posted a picture of a Real Estate listing (Home), a few days ago, with black and white flyers. The listing photographed was selected completely randomly and has no affiliation with RealtyGo or any of our associates. We periodically monitor Local Real Estate Listings to see how we can help add value using modern technology and common sense practices.
The very same listing photographed a week ago,
now has an EMPTY flyer box. Empty flyer boxes are common with all real estate listings; but now there is an alternative way to ensure your listing(s) can always be seen by prospective buyers, new customers, etc.. .
Not only will consumers always get your mobile real estate listing(s) but in the event you need to update your listing(s); like the price, listing status, photos, your availability and open house schedule, you can do so within your RealtyGo login area, under manage listing(s) – then as you change any information within your listing(s), so will displayed information being accessed by prospective buyers, new customers, and other real estate professionals. Imagine not having to reprint flyers and refill all your flyer boxes each time you edit your listings.
RealtyGo allows you to list all your listings within any of your Mobile real estate listings. This gives Prospective buyers and new customers the ability to see your other listings you may have elsewhere or in an adjacent neighborhood while keeping the initial home they were interested in right on their mobile device, Smartphone, iPad, iPhone, Android, Tablet,or any PDA device.
Here is an example of our Full Color Rider signage you can use to promote your Mobile URL (which is the word DEMO, in the Rider sign below) and your Mobile Real Estate Listing(s). We also offer Rider signs in Black and White, Blue, Red and Green or you can simply down load the PDF and email it to your favorite sign company to print for you, any way you like.
Now you can pay for that latte with cash, credit card or mobile phone.
Starbucks (SBUX) , which tested mobile payments in select stores and Target outlets in the past year, expanded the program nationally to all its 6,800 company-owned stores starting Wednesday.
There are a handful of mobile payment experiments in operation now, including Bling Nation in Palo Alto, Calif., and Mocapay in Denver. But this is the biggest rollout to date for mobile payments, says Gwenn Bézard, analyst with the Aite Group, who follows mobile payments. Tech analysts expect substantial growth in mobile payments in coming years as more of us lead our daily lives on our phone.
“This is a more convenient way to pay,” says Starbucks Vice President Brady Brewer. “Your wallet or purse isn’t always with you, but the mobile phone is.” Customers pay using apps available on their iPhones or BlackBerrys. Download the app, and fund it with your credit card. When you reach the barista at the counter, hit the “pay” button, show the bar code, and scan it to complete the transaction. Starbucks says it’s working on an app for Android phones.
“Starbucks is using an interim technology that’s available today,” Bezard says. But he thinks the future of mobile payments will be based on a technology called near-field communications (NFC), which embeds a payment chip inside the phone.
NFC is popular in Asia, where many phones already have built-in chips, and retailers to support them. Juniper Research says $200 billion will be spent worldwide via mobile payments by 2012, up from $100 billion in 2010.Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile recently announced plans for a joint venture, Isis, to offer NFC purchasing via phones. Testing is scheduled to begin next year.
The success of its gift card sparked Starbucks’ interest in mobile payments. “Customers liked the speed of the card,” Brewer says. About one in five retail transactions are done with the card, and customers have loaded more than $1.5 billion onto them, Starbucks says.
Starbucks began testing mobile payments in 2009. To expand nationally, it had to retrofit older scanners with new ones that could accept the bar code from the apps. “We’re going to see big adoption,” Brewer says. He wouldn’t say how much the changeover cost the company.
If anyone has information at the estimated costs for starbucks to integrate this modality and upgrade their hardware and Scanners, please share. Thank You!
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Step by step Real Estate information in regards to your Mobile URL’s – Mobile Listing TAG’s and more…
If you currently have a Real Estate listing, and you are using black and white flyers at point of contact as your only modality of advertising your clients home, you may be doing a disservice to your client and your professional real estate business.
This is an actual photo taken in January of 2011.
Before RealtyGo – advertising with black and white flyers was considered, a more affordable way to advertise your listings, vs Expensive Full Color Flyers. Now with our point of contact SmartCode and/or SMS “text message” gateway, you can offer the most current information regarding your Real Estate Listing(s) at all times. When you edit your online listing info within RealtyGo’ s website, all your listing information dynamically updates, giving prospective home buyers and new customers the most current information possible for all your Real Estate Listings!
Flyers, Black and White or color, can be expensive and often times are a strain on the environment. RealtyGo allows you to offer your Real Estate listings using Green Real Estate Communication. Is this a big deal? well we think so. RealtyGo was designed to lift the burden of expensive overhead costs for listers and real estate listings, not to mention cut back on excessive paper printing and ink use. Prospective buyers, new customers and other real estate professionals can access all your listings using their mobile telephone, iPad, tablet, Smartphone, or any PDA device.
RealtyGo allow you to list all your “other” real estate listings within our database for free. Once you have signed up for at least one Mobile URL which is $9.99 per month, you can list all your real estate listings for better SEO (Search engine optimization) from google, yahoo, bing – on the World Wide Web. Prospective buyers and consumers using our Search bar in the upper right corner of our home page at RealtyGo.co can see all your “other” listings you have added to World Wide Web for free, using RealtyGo.
RealtyGo.co is now Live on the World Wide Web… Thank you for all your emails and support, secure your Mobile URL today! http://www.RealtyGo.co
RealtyGo.co – Promote all your Real Estate Listings using our Mobile technology. See how at http://www.RealtyGo.co
Special thanks to everyone involved in the design and innovation of RealtyGo Mobile gateway technology;
Up until recently, the revenue model for SkyFire‘s smartphone browser (you know,the one that converts Flash Video on-the-fly for playback on handsets that otherwise could never touch it?) wasn’t too clear. Its biggest feature, the video transcoding, required hefty proxy servers and a good amount of bandwidth, and those things don’t come cheap — and yet, they were just giving the browser away.
That all ended with the launch of SkyFire for iPhone. They started charging $2.99 a pop — and within 3 days, they’d grossed roughly a million dollars in sales. SkyFire followed up a few weeks later with SkyFire for iPad, which they managed to get into the App Store at $4.99 just nightsbefore one of the biggest App sales days of the year: Christmas. The result? Another million bucks.
We’ve got this information exclusively for now, but sometime this week (tonight, perhaps?) SkyFire will be announcing that they’ve surpassed 200,000 sales of their iPad application. 200,000 copies at $5 brings their grand grossing total up to a cool $1,000,000 — though after Apple shaves off their cut, they’re looking at more like $700,000.
Either way, that’s not too shabby for 3 weeks on the market. It’s not nearly as cool of a feat as pulling off a million in 3 days as the iPhone port did — but given that there are many millions more iPhones out there than there are iPads, it’s still pretty damn respectable.
SkyFire’s gotta be hoping that Apple doesn’t budge on their stance against Flash anytime soon.