[quote]Originally posted by Belle:
I think we knew that.
I seem to remember reading that this was a huge issue, though. In Japan, where this type of service was originally launched by DoCoMo, etc., nobody actually used
them. They were first to get banking via WAP, but it was just too fiddly and nobody used the service.
It would take an enormous amount of collaboration between hardware/software manufacturers, networks, and service providers, and I think that we'd have heard something about this going on if Apple was about to release such a radical device. You can't sneak something like that out the back door. </strong><hr></blockquote>
Actually, they made SHITLOADS of money by the walled garden / integrated operator / manufacturer approach. Banking was boring, but gaming and other iMode sites were INCREDIBLY lucrative. It flopped in the UK and in Europe because they comprehensively fücked it up. I could tell you why ...
Believe me, you can sneak something like that out the back door.
I know because I did it: a UK / Taiwan / hardware / software / middleware jobby.
And actually, in the case of the device being proposed here, all you have to do is qualify a GSM data enabled device for use on a network ... standard procedure ... ALL the rest of it is taken care of by third party servers (ie .Mac) ...
All you're doing is shuttling data via http from one place to another, and there's no additional billing / integration with the networks what-so-ever. The software piece (phone - Mac) is actually very very very very easy if you use XML, ie SyncML.
There ARE some hardware / software issues, mainly display and getting enough welly out of the sort of processor normally found in a handset. But I've seen (and been involved with) enough similar projects, some of which didn't make it to market for commercial other then technological reasons, to know this is possible. And certainly if you "own" both ends of the widget.