Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits

Erwin Boogert pointed me to Poynter Online that informs us that Coinclick, the micropayments system in Denmark will stop as of March 2, 2004 with running its system. With 27.000 users it had not reached the goal it desired (100.000). And apparently Coinclick did not have the time or desire to wait until the e-money regulators would create a level playing field vis a vis telco-players and htier payment methods for premium SMS, MMS etc.

With this news, I sincerely hope that regulators and supervisors will turn out to be somewhat self-reflective as to the effect of their behaviour in 'shaping' the e-money market of the future. It's quite easy to say that there is no business case for micropayments if one allows free riders to make the real bucks.