Deutsche Bahn's (DB) MMS Ticket some time ago but last weekend, I finally
had the chance to test it. As a matter of fact, I was at at my parents and the
printer was out of order. This means, I wasn't able to order my ticket over the
Internet to print it at home on the PC. However, without a ticket, you cannot
make a seat reservation and it's always a good idea to have a seat reservation
InterCityExpress (ICE) because the German high-speed train can be pretty
overcrowded and since I wanted a seat with a table in the mobile phone area, I
had to reserve a seat. But what to do if the printer is kaput? Use the mobile
phone instead and I remembered my
previous article here.
Unfortunately you cannot use the DB MMS ticket straight from your mobile
phone but you have to register first from a PC which wasn't a problem because I
had my HTC Shift with me anyway. So after I've created a DB account, I searched
for the proper train connection on the PC. After I've logged into my DB account
from my Samsung Windows Mobile Smartphone, selected the same train I found
before and booked the ticket over HSDPA with the MMS ticket option.
Just seconds after I confirmed the order, I've received a MMS which included
the ticket as 2D code as well as the train and my seat information:
That's it and I was ready to go. Next day, I left Frankfurt on my way to
Munich and I was quite curious how this whole MMS ticket thing might works. DB
said in its terms and conditions that I need the MMS as well as a Credit Card
for identification (makes sense - otherwise you can share the MMS with your
friends) but I had no real idea how it might work.
Well, DV train conductors are well equipped and they carry a mobile terminal,
with scanner and Credit Card slot. First the train conductor, which wasn't
surprised to see my mobile phone instead of a paper ticket, typed something on
his terminal, asked me to turn on the backlight of my screen display, scanned
the barcode and swiped my Credit Card through his terminal. Done.
Now that was easy. While the train conductor wasn't surprised at all, the
fellow passengers around me were quite interested and irritated so I explained
some of them what we did.
Definitely a handy and useful service. No more paper tickets and printing, no
more forgetting a ticket (I rarely forget my smartphone at home) and a quite
interesting idea what you can use MMS for. I definitely liked how easy it was
working and I'm sure it wasn't the last time I've used Deutsche Bahn's MMS
Cheers ~ Arne