Friday, August 7, 2009

Mobile Vikings App for Windows Mobile
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Update 11/10/09: version 2.0 in now available on this minisite!

I’m a big fan of Mobile Vikings, a relatively new mobile operator in Belgium. Actually, it’s a virtual operator; they use the network of BASE, but have their own pricing and policies. Mobile Vikings is a very innovative MVNO, they want to make mobile internet available to a broader public. Per top-up of €15 they provide you with 1000 free text messages (valid for a month) and one month of free internet (fair use: 1GB). It is by far the best deal you’ll get in Belgium if you want mobile internet.

But great pricing isn’t the only awesome innovation. They also have a great website, where you can consult your balance and call history (very detailed) and they are constantly releasing new features. A recent release is their API, which allows developers to write applications that interact with their services. Currently available on the API are: checking your balance (including number of free SMS’s left and amount of free data left), top-up history and call history. They have also built an iPhone application that implements all of the API functions so far.

There is, as far as I am aware, no application available for Windows Mobile users. But hey, that’s why there is an API, so that third party developers can build app’s for their favorite platforms! To solve my own immediate need, I have built a little app that implements the most important function of the API: checking your balance. I’m working on a much bigger project for Windows Mobile, so I couldn’t spend too much time on this right now, but when I have some more time I will implement the call history feature as well (yeah, I know, when will that be…).

Without further ado, to make your mobile experience even more awesome: click here to download the installer or scan this tag with your phone.
Update 11/10/09: version 2.0 in now available on this minisite!

This application is totally free. Enjoy!

5 comments:

Bedar said...

Thanks for the app!
I really like it plain and simple ;)
But I'd also want to request some stuff:

- Could you make the logo a bit smaller like on the screenshot? I use it on HTC Touch 3G and I can only see half of the logo.
- I'd like to see some call/message history option, if that could be possible

Thanks in advance

Wouter said...

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you liked my application.

About the logo, it is fit for VGA and WVGA resolutions. The HTC touch 3G has a QVGA screen, so the image is about twice as big. I can (and will) fix that in the next version. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

About the other features, I do plan to implement them. I don't know, however, when that will be.

Regards,
Wouter

Vincent said...

Geplaatst bij het overzicht op iviking.vincentverbist.be !

Robo said...

Very nice app. I like the icons also. I only have one request: in the overview the app shows the remaining accountbalance in €. That's ok ,but wouldn't it be nice to add the ammount of time you can call with that remaining money (when you call 'normal' phonenumbers)?
Now you can estimate by multiplying by 4, but it would be nice to see it in a view of an eye.

Wouter said...

@Robo

I consider version 2 to be feature-complete. That way I can spend some time on other projects (there's A LOT more to come :p)

But still, thanks for the suggestion. I'll keep it in mind and maybe I'll implement it in a future version. That will not be soon though.

I'm glad you liked my app! (the icons are courtesy of iconeden.com, I like them too :p)

@Bedar

done ;)

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