Bidding on the go

You have an Internet-enabled cell phone. You are a registered bidorbuy user. There is nothing to stop you from merging the two to start bidding and buying on bidorbuy from your cell phone

We have recently been inundated with news that a well-known auction site (not bidorbuy; the other one) is launching a new mobile application. The news specifies that the new, free application gives users the freedom to bid, buy and pay for items directly from their mobile devices.

What’s all the fuss about, asks one bidorbuy user. He has been able to bid, buy and pay for items directly from his cell phone ever since the manufacturers decided, long ago (well, long ago in cell-phone technology terms) to incorporate the Opera browser into the handsets they make.

Most new cell phones are already set-up for Internet access. All you need to do is click on the browser icon. The result being, everyone in possession of the web-enabled cell phone can access everything available on the Internet from the handset. Everything, including bidorbuy. And if you can access it, you can, naturally, log in, bid, buy, and pay for what you had won or bought.

As for the cost of the whole operation, it should not be any higher than the standard broadband connection from a desktop computer.  It may even be cheaper if you have a handset capable of handling data at higher speed, because speed goes a long way towards lowering cost per megabyte.

Truth to be told, there is a tweak or two that bidorbuy could implement in order to make the site more mobile-devices-friendly. Still, when you navigate to bidorbuy.co.za on your Internet-enabled cell phone, you can do all the usual stuff: search for a keyword, browse through the categories, view and zoom in on listing photos, read the seller’s description, bid on items, ask questions – in short, buy anything that takes your fancy, from a stamp to a lounge suite.

We do not know that anyone has attempted to list an item for sale working only with a cell phone. The idea does seem far-fetched, but not altogether impossible. After all, the camera is there, and so is the Internet.  What remains is to adapt one’s approach to doing things bit by bit, much like creating a puzzle from small pieces.