I'm at CTIA. It's an excellent place to hold meetings with anyone in the mobile industry in North America (and many from Latin America), but I keep hearing people talk about how cutting edge everything is and I have to wonder at their insularity. Don't they know anything about mobile phones in Europe, or better, in Asia? So the most interesting thing in this morning's flood of info was not CTIA related, but this, from Eurotechnology Japan K. K.
The last time I was in Japan, I noticed people wave their mobile phone near the subway turnstile to enter. That looked like a technology I would really like to have at hand. Indeed, it's not just for subway tickets, but also serves the functions of credit cards, house keys, and company access control cards. Very, very convenient!
I'm not alone in finding this incredibly attractive. Adoption in Japan has been extremely rapid, heading towards 30 million by the end of 2007 and a projected 50 million by 2010 (in a population of 127 million).
Now when will we see this in the US?