Smartphone battery swap service takes off in Korea, easing range anxiety
0. phoneArena 14 Feb 2014, 02:27 posted on
Two Korean brothers have started what they deem the world's first smartphone battery sharing service, MycooN Corp. The premise is simple - you are running around the city, getting dangerously low on juice, with no time on your hands to wait for the charger to top it up, or no charger at all. Then you hit the latest push notification from the Manddang (meaning "fully charged" in Korean) app, and see which mobile dealers or carrier stores around carry fresh batteries for your phone, drop your exhausted juicer there, and pick up a fully charged one...
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1. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
Luckily some smartphones and most phablets can last abut a day or two.
4. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 185; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
The solution is to carry a second battery.
13. cripton805 (Posts: 920; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I think its the solution to an emergency though. lol
I dont think people are willing to spend 3 bucks a day to change it every day. lol
2. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 719; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I'm guessing this doesn't work for the iPhone
11. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 185; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Too bad a complete phone swapping scheme isn't practicable.
3. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
Our 7-11 stores offer phone charging services for only 20cents for every 10mins plugged in. More convenient IMO.
5. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
Not sure why you called it more convenient since this one is basically drop and take. Without wasting much time you can go immadiately, compared to charge it yourself. On a requirement you found a carrier stores/mobile dealers that provides such service of course.
10. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
7-11s are more accessible since they're almost in every corner and you don't need a removable battery to get charged up. Bottom line, it's better to bring a powerbank instead.
12. TheNeighbor (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Nice idea. It's just weird that people are too lazy to charge or at least have an extra battery with a cradle charger at home. OK, at least a power bank.