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Wednesday, June 15, 2021

Tired of having to hoard quarters in your car? If you live in Coral Gables, you can soon start using your mobile phone to pay for your street parking.

The automated system allows drivers who subscribe to simply dial in from their cellphone, punch in the number assigned to their parking spot, and the required costs — plus a 25-cent usage fee — will be billed to their credit card. When leaving, subscribers call back and end the billing cycle.

The Miami suburb began offering the system this month on its 4,573 meters; so far, more than 250 people have subscribed.

Paying via cellphone has long been the dream; phone-crazy regions like Japan are pioneering such micropayments. Despite the proliferation of phones here, Americans haven’t been as willing.

And really, this pilot system in Coral Gables, implemented by PayMint, seems a bit too complicated. You have to call ahead of time to set the thing up, you have to call in to start the meter, and — most laughably — you have to call back to stop the billing period? Come on. I see loads of people forgetting that last step and racking up thousands of dollars of charges.

I’ve been seeing more meters going in that accept credit card swipes; that seems like the more realistic route.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 06/15/2005 07:50:55 PM
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