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Swedish train service’s Passbook rendered WP8.1 compatible with web app

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wp_ss_20140421_0005Windows Phone 8.1’s Wallet app quietly support’s Apple’s Passbook feature, allowing users to save etickets to a convenient location on their phone.

Unfortunately not all services offer the passbook file to Windows Phones, but Swedish developer Mikael Bolinder was able to correct this for Sweden’s national train service with a web app which will make the Passbook available for download by simple entering the booking number at his Azure-powered site.

Lucky Swedish users can download their etickets by visiting the app at https://sj2wp.azurewebsites.net/.

I know Windows Phone 8.1 users have complained that the Wallet and Passbook feature does not work very well, particularly for Delta Airline tickets. What have our reader’s experience been so far? Let us know below.

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute finally brings their weather app to Windows Phone

After a year of campaigning the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute has finally brought their weather app to Windows Phone in beta form.

SMHI Weather provides local weather reports worldwide, for your location and also other places you search for.

imageFor Swedish users in particular the app will also provide severe weather warnings based on your location via its Live Tile and the app also lets you look at historical and weather trends for a selection of cities.

It also includes animated weather radar and many other features.

The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Thanks Oskar for the tip.

Swish Mobile Payment app now in the Windows Phone Store

Swedish Windows Phone users can rejoice, as the Swish mobile payments app has just arrived in the Windows Phone Store.

swishqrThe app, which works for a wide variety of Swedish bank customers, including Danske Bank , Handelsbanken, Länsförsäkringar , Nordea, SEB and Swedbank and the savings banks, allows users to send and recieve money to others by simply knowing their phone number, with money arriving in their account in seconds.

The app is ideal for splitting a bill or making other small payments between friends, or for paying the plumber for example.

The free app can be found in the Swedish Windows Phone Store here.

Another mobile payment system comes to Windows Phone, will offer wallet integration

Seamless’s payment solution for mobile telephones, SEQR is coming to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone soon, and will be integrated with the Windows Phone Wallet.

SEQR, developed by Seamless, allows users to pay using the SEQR app to scan the QR code or NFC at the POS terminal and approve the payment by entering their PIN and is claimed to be faster and more secure than card payments. The technology behind the solution means that there is no investment cost for retailers. All that is required is a QR code or NFC sticker at the POS terminal. In addition, the low transaction charges allow the retailer to save money.

The integration with Windows Phone Wallet opens up new opportunities not only for payments but also for value-adding services such as offers, loyalty programmes, purchase history, and integration with the stores’ own apps.

“Offering SEQR via tablets and telephones with Microsoft technology is completely in line with our ambition to extend SEQR Mobile Payment to as many users as possible, and to establish it as one of the global standards for mobile payments,” says Peter Fredell, CEO and President of Seamless.“Our assessment is that Windows platforms for apps will grow in line with increases in market share. Supporting the platform and Windows Phone Wallet will enable us to reach a larger customer base.”

Seamless is one of the world’s leading providers of payment solutions for mobile phones, handling more than 3.1 billion transactions each year via 525,000 active sales outlets. Combined with over eleven years’ experience and a presence in around 30 countries, this gives Seamless a strong position in the market for mobile payments.

Seamless was founded in 2001 in Sweden, and now has a presence in around 30 countries.  SEQR will be implemented in both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store in all Seamless markets in 2013.

Swedish BankID app comes to the Windows Phone Store


BankID Security App is part of Mobile BankID – an electronic personal identification system for mobile phones and tablets used by various service providers.

The service is common in use in Sweden and is used by Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Länsförsäkringar, Nordea, SEB, Skandia, Sparbanken Syd, Sparbanken Öresund and Swedbank.

The app is part of a challenge-response system used to positively identify users to mobile banking web pages and other apps, and has been available on iOS and Android for some time.

Another barrier has now come down for Windows Phone users, who can now authenticate themselves on the move using the app, which hit the Windows Phone Store today.

Unfortunately the app is Windows Phone 8 only, and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Thanks Niklas for the tip.

SVT delivers a Windows Phone streaming television app

svtSVT, the national broadcaster in Sweden, has finally delivered a Windows Phone app that delivers streaming television for their service.

The app allows users to watch their favourite shows, clips and live broadcasts directly from their Windows Phone.

A bit like the proposed solution for BBC iPlayer however, the app is merely a collection of links, and the actual video is open in the browser at svtplay.se , leaving some users rather unsatisfied.

Others are however just happy that they can now watch their sport, and if you are in that camp you can find the app free in the Windows Phone Store here. The app is WP8 only.

Samsung ATIV S now on sale on Telia in Sweden


The elusive Samsung ATIV S is now on sale on Swedish operator Telia.

The handset is available for 449 SEK (around $70) per month on a 24 month contract, which includes 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 4 GB of data per month.

The phone also comes with either Spotify Premium or Unlimited Storytel for 1 year, but of course Spotify is not available on Windows Phone 8 yet.

See the handset at Telia here.

Via Wingadget.se

Sweden’s Tele2 sells out of Nokia Lumia 820/920’s, wants more

Nokia’s share price benefitted by as much as 2.4 % after Swedish carrier Tele2 announced at their capital day that has sold out of Lumia smartphones, but were expecting more before Christmas.

“We sold out of the Lumia and hope to get more before Christmas,” Thomas Ekman, head ofTele2 AB’s Swedish operations, said in an interview in Stockholm today.

The strong sales were attributed at least in part to the presence of LTE in the handsets, with the iPhone 5 unable to connect to Tele2’s LTE network. The iPhone 5 only supports 2 LTE networks in Europe, Deutsche Telekom AG in Germany and EE UK,  while the Lumia 920 supports 12.

Of note however is that Tele2’s shipments was only between 2 and 3 000 units, indicating that a significant supply issue still exists for these popular handsets.

Via Bloomberg.com

Thanks Josip for the tip.

Swedish online store calls demand for the Nokia Lumia 920 “absolutely huge”, causes a backlog twice as big as that for the Samsung Galaxy S 3


While in some ways we can take for granted demand for the Nokia Lumia 920 in Finland, Sweden is another story, and has only a small penetration of Windows Phone.

It is therefore encouraging to read the demand for the handset we have seen in other parts of the world has also visited Sweden, where Marcuz Martinez, the Nordic Product Chief of the online retailer www.dustin.se was noted to say in a private Facebook group:

"just as it is, demand is absolutely huge for this phone. I must, of course, not to mention a few figures besides "era" phones so we had EXTREMELY limited (we’re talking single digit, at certain colors). Add to that we have roughly twice the back log on this as we had on the Samsung Galaxy s3 so do you understand the extent of luxury problem … "

The news is encouraging not just because of shortages, which may be due to supply issues, but also due to the size of the backlog, indicating real and significant demand which compares well to other superphones.

Hopefully Nokia can get around to being able to satisfy this demand before people move on to spending on alternate Christmas presents for themselves.

Thanks Baltazor for the tip.

Nokia Lumia 920 pre-orders closed on Telia in Sweden after only 4 days


Presumably as the result of high demand, pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 920 had to be closed on Swedish carrier Telia a mere 4 days after opening.

The Yellow and Black is expected to be delivered on the 12th, but the Red and White versions will only become available on the 22nd November.

The news follows the handset selling out repeatedly in Italy, and also in Germany and France.

In the mean time Nokia’s homeland, Finland are still waiting for any information about carriers and availability. Maybe some of those good sales were frustrated Finns hoping over the border?

See the page on Telia here.

Thanks Peter and Micke for the tip.

Nokia Lumia 920 tipped for mid-November launch in Sweden

We have just been tipped to the potential launch date of the Nokia Lumia 920 on Telia in Sweden.

Nokia has previously announced that the handset will be coming to the country in Q4, and will be costing 5700 SEK .

Now we can peg the date a bit closer, to the 46th week of the year, that being from the 12th to 18th November.

The handset will also be available on Vodafone, 3 and Tele2 in the region.

Thanks MrTelevision for the tip.

Nokia Lumia 920 release details also announced for Sweden, Norway and Denmark

Nokia has announced availability details for the Nokia Lumia 920 in more European countries.

They revealed, unlike last time, Sweden and Norway would not have to wait for Nokia’s latest.

In Norway Nokia announced the handset will be released in Q4, and cost 4700 krone. The device will be available on Telenor and TeliaSonera Norway, NetCom and Chess.

Northern Manager at Nokia, Johan Eidhagen, said:

We are very pleased that Telenor and TeliaSonera Norway, NetCom and Chess will sell Nokia Lumia 920 in Norway. It underscores the momentum we are experiencing with our Lumia smartphones and the ecosystem around Windows.

In Sweden the handset will also be available in Q4, and will cost around 5700 SEK before subsidies and will be sold by Vodafone, 3 and Tele2.

It will be available in yellow, red, gray, white and black and will support penta band LTE and HSPA +.

Lastly, in Denmark the handset is also set for Q4, and will be available in Telia, 3, Telenor and TDC for 4,900 Krone before subsidies.

“We are very pleased that all the major operators have chosen to take Lumia 920 into their range from the sales start. It emphasizes the momentum we are experiencing with Nokia’s Lumia smartphones and the entire Windows ecosystem – not only in Denmark, but throughout the world,” says Nokia Danish Product Manager Markku Suomi.

Via Windowshub.no, Thanks Jonas, Mads and Kristoffer for the tips.

Samsung Omnia W shows up in Swedish movie

Windows Phones are starting show up rather casually in movies in Scandinavian countries.  For once its not Nokia however, but it seems Samsung which sponsored this product placement.

In this trailer of the new Hamilton movie we see the appearance of the Samsung Omnia W, with its video calling app in action, playing a pivotal part in the movie.

With Windows phone having a decent market share in the North of Europe, hopefully we will see more and more casual appearances of Windows Phones without anyone having to pay for it.

Thanks John for the tip.