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Smarte Carte Charge Cartes offer airport iPod recharging

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2008
News Categories: iPod

Designed to appeal to iPod, PDA, and cell phone owners without access to portable chargers, Smarte Carte’s Charge Cartes are now appearing in airports across the United States. Equipped with three white iPod Dock Connector cables and nine additional blue cables that have popular cell phone and PDA plugs at their ends, a Charge Carte offers 30 minutes of rapid recharging time for $3, enabling you to connect your iPod and charge up to half of its battery capacity. An LED countdown timer lets you know how many minutes of power remain.

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The stations can be placed by airport operators at any location, including in departure areas or baggage claims, enabling users to charge up while they’re waiting to leave. Like the company’s baggage cart rental services, the Charge Cartes accept credit cards; unlike them, the Cartes do not accept cash.

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1

It looks like a good idea, on paper at least.  In a practicle sense I wonder what it would be like to hunch over this machine should-to-shoulder with a bunch of other people for 30 long minutes waiting for your device to charge.

Posted by Obadiah on February 27, 2008 at 7:25 AM (PDT)

2

The idea makes sense from a marketing standpont, but many airports already offer “free” charging stations for cell phones and pdas, so this seems like another way to fleece unsuspecting travellers.

Posted by Donovan on February 27, 2008 at 8:41 AM (PDT)

3

I know the Dallas Love field airport now has seats in the waiting areas with built-in USB ports that provide power so you can recharge whilst you wait.  Why should you pay 3 bucks?  Also, what is to prevent someon from walking up to the kiosk and stealing your device while it is recharging?

Posted by Cameron on February 27, 2008 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

4

I think in theory sounds great but in practice is going to be hard to use like other people have said due to the need to stand there for 30 minutes! 

I think this is more marketed to people who have forgotten their USB cables or plugs when on the road or stuffed them in suitcase instead of carry on.  It would then at least keep you working until you can get your bag.  Overall cheaper than buying a plug in charger at the airport gift shop though!

Posted by TosaDeac on February 27, 2008 at 10:51 AM (PDT)

5

To be honest it looks like a stupid implementation of a reasonable idea. Possibly TWELVE people all standing around a little kiosk with thousands of dollars worth of iPod, iPhone!!??!!, PDA or other expensive mobile phone dangling from it. And what happens when someone everso slightly shifty comes over to ‘charge his Shuffle’!? Up to 12 people getting closer to their gear and getting a bit anxious to make sure it doesn’t get stolen oe even just scratched. A crime black spot waiting to happen.

Posted by Rob on February 27, 2008 at 11:03 AM (PDT)

6

Almost every airport has outlets somewhere that you can use for free. I always see people using them to charge their gear.  $3. I don’t think so unless it was a real emergency.

Posted by Dyvim on February 27, 2008 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

7

internationally I’ve frequently seen cell phone charging stations that lock,

open box, put in phone, pay for an amount of time, punch in a numeric code, a plastic cover closes (go eat lunch) come back and unlock your charged phone.

(id assume if you hugely went of your time it would charge you extra to remove your phone, but I never did)

Posted by Eric on March 3, 2008 at 3:02 AM (PDT)

8

I’ve seen one of these in Coconut Grove, FL.
It was free, and it had an iPod/iPhone charger…
It worked, and my iPhone didn’t blow up or anything…
Haha!

Posted by jeremyjk1221 on April 8, 2008 at 2:02 PM (PDT)

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