Palm OS Software Kiosks Coming Soon
PalmSource, Handango and WideRay today announced a partnership to develop in-store Palm OS software kiosks. The system will enable on the spot software purchases delivered over WideRay Infrared terminals.
PalmSource will provide an in-store software solution that combines Handango's software and provisioning technology with WideRay Jacks to create easily deployable beaming kiosks in mobile operator stores. The "Beam-Me-App" program is customizable for each operator to configure software catalogues and ensure compatibility with backend infrastructure.
Stores will be able to customize the kiosks with software from Handango's catalogue of thousands of Palm OS applications. The opportunity to sell software through retail stores where Palm OS handhelds are sold will create new revenue opportunities and offer greater convenience to Palm Powered users.
In stores, users can quickly download full applications, demo versions, ringtones and graphics onto any Palm Powered handheld or smartphone through a beaming kiosk. The system can be tightly integrated into the mobile operators' backend billing infrastructure, and the downloaded applications can be activated via a code sent to the device. Users can pay for applications using a variety of methods, including directly debiting the user's phone bill or via premium SMS, depending on individual operator requirements.
By accentuating the features of Palm OS smartphones, the "Beam-Me-App" program allows the wireless operator to convert more customers to data service plans and increase average revenue per user (ARPU). The "Beam-Me-App" kiosks can also serve as an additional touch point for delivery of product information, customer service materials and promotions, thereby increasing customer satisfaction at the point of purchase and reducing subscriber churn.
"We are delighted to be working with leading content and service providers to enable a true value-added solution to our carrier partners. Palm OS has the world's largest library of mobile software, and we're pleased that this new program will make them even easier to find and install. It will increase the revenue opportunities for both developers and wireless operators," said Albert Chu, vice president of business development for PalmSource.
The solution is available immediately from PalmSource and supports all devices running Palm OS 3.5 and above.
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