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    Lothian Buses goes hi-tec

    Lothian Buses has a new app! : The Edinburgh Reporter

    A wee step forward on the Oyster card,only problem i see with the 5 mins thing is when the infamous 3 mins appears on the sign and you activate your ticket that the bus is delayed or doesnae appear (Ropey phone signal aside)
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    I would imagine you would be best to activate as the bus approaches otherwise you could easily get caught out. Do you only get 60 seconds activation time?

    Also, would guess that the activation is not dependent on the phone being online

    Regardless, it looks pretty good. I Want to try it out but I have an old-skool card just now!
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    It just says the ticket is valid for 5 mins (Daysaver obv all day),i'm guessing it's instant activation wise. I've downloaded it and will give it a try during the week.

    I'll be removing my card details after every top-up though,taking a chance leaving them on your phone.
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    Would you be able to take a screen shot of activated single ticket and keep on using it all day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DM Hibs View Post
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    Would you be able to take a screen shot of activated single ticket and keep on using it all day?
    I thought about that but guess it depends how big the time bit is and whether the driver is paying attention
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    Quote Originally Posted by DM Hibs View Post
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    Would you be able to take a screen shot of activated single ticket and keep on using it all day?
    Don't think so. It looks like it has a countdown timer when you activate. Perhaps even the time it was activated. This is what the driver will be looking for I think.

    Also, it doesn't cap daily single fares at 3.50 (ie the same price as a day ticket) which rules out me swapping my bus pass for the new technology.

    Some days I will use 1 bus, some days 4 or more, so would have been good if it was like an Oyster card with a daily cap.
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    So you spend an, indivisible by 1.50, tenner for tickets that might not be used and you can't transfer credits to another phone, like your kids phone.

    You spot your bus a couple of stops away hit the button and its ages at the stop before yours, bunch of kids, school outing, tourists, wheelchairs, or the fecking thing's part route.

    You're at a bus stop just round a corner and everyones stabbing away at their phones as the bus swings round.

    Sounds like a crock o $#@! to me.

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    This is the best thing since the Bus Tracker app.

    All hail modern technology and the internet :-)
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    $#@! i'm looking out the 2's and 1's, let the driver count them then


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
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    So you spend an, indivisible by 1.50, tenner for tickets that might not be used and you can't transfer credits to another phone, like your kids phone.

    You spot your bus a couple of stops away hit the button and its ages at the stop before yours, bunch of kids, school outing, tourists, wheelchairs, or the fecking thing's part route.

    You're at a bus stop just round a corner and everyones stabbing away at their phones as the bus swings round.

    Sounds like a crock o $#@! to me.
    I was thinking along the same lines. Where my bus stop is for work I can't see the bus until it comes over the stockbridge. If the lights are at green then it would take the driver about 3 seconds or less to get to the stop meaning I wouldn't have time to get a ticket displayed. Similarly, the bus is meant to come at 8.39 precisely but it is usually between 5 and 15 minutes late so I couldn't even pre-download the ticket in expectation of the bus being on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dub View Post
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    I was thinking along the same lines. Where my bus stop is for work I can't see the bus until it comes over the stockbridge. If the lights are at green then it would take the driver about 3 seconds or less to get to the stop meaning I wouldn't have time to get a ticket displayed. Similarly, the bus is meant to come at 8.39 precisely but it is usually between 5 and 15 minutes late so I couldn't even pre-download the ticket in expectation of the bus being on time.

    printed tickets for me then.
    The ticket isn't downloaded mate,you'd just have the page ready then press the activate ticket button when you see or get on the bus.
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    See if Lothian just stopped all this sort of thing, putting wifi on buses and painting stupid murals on the side of buses, oh and the annoying new thing on the 8 where some robot women announces every stop as you approach it.
    They could probably stop putting fares up every couple of months!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faughnan View Post
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    See if Lothian just stopped all this sort of thing, putting wifi on buses and painting stupid murals on the side of buses, oh and the annoying new thing on the 8 where some robot women announces every stop as you approach it.
    They could probably stop putting fares up every couple of months!
    I don't use buses often, but i thought in comparison Lothian buses were pretty good value?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PILTONSTANY View Post
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    It just says the ticket is valid for 5 mins (Daysaver obv all day),i'm guessing it's instant activation wise. I've downloaded it and will give it a try during the week.

    I'll be removing my card details after every top-up though,taking a chance leaving them on your phone.
    Instantly activated Mikey. Plus there is couple of minutes leeway with the valid for time, you can show the expired ticket from the app as proof.

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    Would you be able to take a screen shot of activated single ticket and keep on using it all day?
    Nah mate, the display has moving graphics in the background plus the seconds countdown.

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    You have 5 minutes from activation to showing the driver the e-ticket. Easy peasy, even for Dub!!

    Also, the graphic at the top of the ticket flickers, in addition to a timer counting down.

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    Sounds intriguing. Nae more fannying about wae change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zondervan View Post
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    You have 5 minutes from activation to showing the driver the e-ticket. Easy peasy, even for Dub!!

    Also, the graphic at the top of the ticket flickers, in addition to a timer counting down.

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    Cheers David

    Since my last post I've been telt you don't buy a tenners worth of credit, you but x tickets i.e. 8 singles at 1.50.
    Space to let

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
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    Cheers David

    Since my last post I've been telt you don't buy a tenners worth of credit, you but x tickets i.e. 8 singles at 1.50.
    Aye,it takes away the flexibility of the App having to choose which tickets you want in advance.
    Hopefully enough folk moan and they change it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GORDONSMITH7 View Post
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    Lothian Buses has a new app! : The Edinburgh Reporter

    A wee step forward on the Oyster card,only problem i see with the 5 mins thing is when the infamous 3 mins appears on the sign and you activate your ticket that the bus is delayed or doesnae appear (Ropey phone signal aside)
    Good idea. Oysters might be on an app before long if they can be scanned like easy jet virtual tickets. You're fecked if your battery goes flat though

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