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Swedish students agree with mobile phone ban in schools

Students between the ages of 10 and 15 years have thrown their support behind banning classroom phone use.

A mobile phone ban in schools is a rapid way to drum up controversy. It has already caused many debates in the United States as well as other countries around the world. That said, in Swedish classrooms, students aged 10 to 15 years old have supported the decision to stop the use of phones at school.

With the rapid penetration of smartphones among students, the schools suddenly found themselves falling behind.

The school regulations were not keeping up with the massive rise in smartphone use among students. This allowed policies on the subject to be established on a class by class basis. That said, universal policies regarding phone usage in the classrooms were not created. It was up to the individual teachers. While some implemented an all-out mobile phone ban, the majority decided to simply turn a blind eye.

Many parents opposed a mobile phone ban as they wanted to be able to be in direct contact with their kids.

Mobile Phone BanOver time, the trend toward a smartphone ban became greater among the schools. Still, the degree of the ban was different from one school to the next. Some were far more restrictive than others.

A Norwegian telecommunications company called Telnor recently conducted a survey. Results revealed only 6 percent of students between the ages of 10 and 15 years old in Sweden say smartphones are permitted in their classrooms. Though 53 percent said they can use mobile phones at school, this is not permitted within the class.

That said, there remains 40 percent of Swedish students aged 10 to 15 years who say their smartphones are not banned in any way. Among those, 57 percent support a ban. Only 14 percent feel a ban is bad.

There are many reasons for a mobile phone ban, according to Telnor. Lina Sundqvist is the person at Telnor’s who is responsible for the company’s Nätprat (‘net speak’) initiative and for consumer security. Sundqvist said “The reasons for the bans are many and seem to vary between different schools. Amongst other reasons are: to decrease distractions in the students’ working environments, to make students exercise more during recess, and to decrease internet bullying and abuse.”

iZettle launches new system to support mobile payments

New point-of-sale system will support mobile transactions made through various services

Sweden’s iZettle, a developer of point-of-sale systems, has launched a new mobile point-of-sale product that is meant to work with both chip and PIN mobile payments. The product has an emphasis on Apple Pay and similar payment services. These services have become quite popular with consumers because they allow people to make payments with their mobile devices. This is considered a convenient way to pay for products, but there are relatively few mobile point-of-sale systems that are available in the retail space.

Global launch of new system expected to occur later this year

Growing demand for these systems has lead iZettle and other companies to develop new products that can accommodate changing trends in the retail space. The company’s new system, called the Card Reader Pro Contactless, will be distributed to select partners in the United Kingdom. A broader launch will come in June. Global launch will occur in the following months. The system itself costs approximately $122, with price variations depending on certain markets.

Small retailers may find benefit in iZettle’s new product

mobile payments - Point-of-sale SystemThe new system may be particularly useful to small companies that are interested in mobile payments. Small retailers have been slow to embrace mobile payments because of the costs associated with converting conventional point-of-sale systems into mobile capable systems. Smaller retailers want to engage mobile consumers, but do not necessarily have a way to support mobile payments. The new point-of-sale system could help solve this problem by giving these retailers the tool they need to finally break into the mobile space.

System could be an effective way for retailers to engage mobile consumers

The mobile system will support numerous mobile payments apps, including Google Wallet. The system is meant to cater to the convenience of mobile payments and allow both retailers and consumers an easy and effective way to engage in a new form of commerce that has emerged as a result of mobile technology. Of course, iZettle is not the only company to bring a mobile point-of-sale system to the market, so it will have to compete with others in the retail space to find success.