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Old October 18th, 2004, 01:39 PM   #221
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SBS Transit & the Land Transport Authority are smart! Rather than investing millions on displays at major bus stops to show the times at which the next bus will arrive, they make use of mobile phone technology instead, saving them huge infrastructure costs! And rather than not earning a profit from the setting up on those displays, they might in fact even earn a tidy profit from the smses being sent out to the telco company. Another ingenious idea from Singapore?!

Despite the costs of sending out the smses, at least we finally get what we commuters have always wanted?!
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Old October 18th, 2004, 02:10 PM   #222
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ripoff!!! i demand that this service be FREE! its ridiculous to have to pay to know when your bus is coming.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 02:56 PM   #223
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Well for the next 4 weeks its FREE! So you can sms AS MUCH AS YOU WANT...though only on ONE BUS SERVICE...

After that till March next year its 10 cents per request and beyond March its 30 cents...

I guess some people would still want the service... Its a either you pay to get the service or you don't pay and you get NOTHING situation!
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Old October 18th, 2004, 03:02 PM   #224
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i thought it would be a little like paying everytime you look at the lcd screens at mrt platforms :/

i wont be in singapore for the next four weeks anyway
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Old October 18th, 2004, 03:41 PM   #225
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Erm...excuse me....I hope you guys noticed the catch.

All the service does is to tell you the SCHEDULED arrival time, and not the ACTUAL arriving time.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 03:44 PM   #226
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REALLY!!!!!!!!! Didn't realise that... I would rather they tell me like ''SBS Transit Bus Service Number 222 Is 0.5 Kilometres Away. Thank You For Using RipUsOffEveryday Message Service - Another Quality Service Brought To You By SBS Transit & SingTel''.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 03:52 PM   #227
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good! i hope there'll be a way we can record how late or early it actually is and file complaints! either they increase the frequencies or be more punctual.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 03:56 PM   #228
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!

You think they managed to employ GPS systems that fast?

If you want to be smart, use the free trail period to go right ahead and keep smsing them the whole day to collate all the bus arrival times. You wont have to sms them ever again after the trail period!
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Old October 18th, 2004, 04:00 PM   #229
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If the service comes as a price, chances are not many ppl will use it.......

Why don't they just come up with the GPS thingy??.......
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Old October 18th, 2004, 04:01 PM   #230
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wah... that's not very user friendly is it? defeats the purpose of the service. might as well sit at the bus stop all day.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 04:02 PM   #231
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wah... that's not very user friendly is it? defeats the purpose of the service. might as well sit at the bus stop all day.
I will rather sit at the busstop and wait......it's free........
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Old October 18th, 2004, 04:06 PM   #232
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i dunno... i iimagine if i receive an sms of the scheduled arrival time, and the bus comes like 5 minutes late, i might get so angry i smash the windscreen with my phone.. haha. i'm prone to imaginary violent outbursts.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 04:07 PM   #233
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wah... that's not very user friendly is it? defeats the purpose of the service. might as well sit at the bus stop all day.
What is not user friendly? GPS??
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Old October 18th, 2004, 04:11 PM   #234
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sitting at tthe busstop is not very user friendly.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 12:24 AM   #235
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sitting at tthe busstop is not very user friendly.
You are a crazy mofo.

If the capitalists hear you saying this, they will be concluding that you need some interesting advertising to keep you entertained!
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You are a crazy mofo.

If the capitalists hear you saying this, they will be concluding that you need some interesting advertising to keep you entertained!
No wonder there are advertisement at the busstop......
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Old October 19th, 2004, 01:13 AM   #237
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No wonder there are advertisement at the busstop......
Yeah lah.....so if the likes of heir dosent shutup.....
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Old October 19th, 2004, 02:35 AM   #238
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Get bus arrival times - via SMS

THOSE taking the SBS Transit express that runs between Pasir Ris and the city - service 518 - can find out the exact time the bus will arrive under a new pilot scheme.

Commuters dial *655 and key in the bus number and bus stop code to get the answer, which will be sent by SMS.

The service is free until Nov 19, after which it will cost 10 cents until the end of February. From then, commuters will be charged 30 cents for each answer.

SBS' deputy director for marketing, Mr Elwyn Tan, said the service, which started yesterday, will be tried out for six months and could be introduced for other services.

The alert is now available only to SingTel subscribers, but SBS said it is in talks with telcos StarHub and M1 about extending it to their subscribers as well.

SBS yesterday also launched new features for its bus travel guide on its website at www.sbstransit.com.sg

The guide now provides the location of restaurants, hospitals and shopping malls up to a 5km radius from a bus stop, as well as where these stops are.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 10:25 PM   #239
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i'm talking about this not being user friendly!

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If you want to be smart, use the free trail period to go right ahead and keep smsing them the whole day to collate all the bus arrival times.
i dont mind more ads though. the more the better.
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Old October 20th, 2004, 09:11 AM   #240
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i'm talking about this not being user friendly!

i dont mind more ads though. the more the better.
What kind of advertisement would you like to see but have not appear so far??
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