That's definitely a handy service for German railway customers of Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national railway. Since today, Deutsche Bahn allows passengers to buy tickets through their Internet enabled mobile phones and - now comes the trick - the ticket is delivered back to the customer via a MMS which contains a 2D bar code.
Customers who use the service receive a multimedia message on their mobile phones that's read by new scanners and serve as a ticket, railway operator Deutsche Bahn said today in Frankfurt.
To make sure, customers are not dodging the fare and only buying the ticket at the moment the train conductor appears, booking is available until 10 minutes before a train's departure only; you can not buy tickets during the train ride anymore.
There is neither a extra fee for mobile ticketing nor it is a trial but a regular service from today. Deutsche Bahn said all train conductors should be equipped with the new scanners by mid-September (wonder what happened in between if you have a MMS ticket but the ticket collector hasn't have the right scanner). Time to have a train ride - to give it a test.
Cheers ~ Arne