By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS — The CTIA convention isn’t just a place for retailers to pore over products that they can sell to consumers. Retailers here will also find products and systems that will help them sell these products to consumers.
Here are just a few of them:
BillFloat: The company’s recently launched SmartPay program lets carriers and dealers offer customers the option of buying a phone or tablet and paying it off over time. The solution helps no-contract carriers reduce the initial impact of paying up-front for an unsubsidized phone.
SmartPay “spreads the cost of a smartphone or tablet across equal monthly payments,” a spokesman said. Carriers MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile and Cspire already use the program.
Cellebrite: Israel-based Cellebrite is introducing a Windows PC-based version of retail applications that previously ran on dedicated hardware. The applications transfer content from phone to phone, backup and restore phone content, run phone diagnostics, add content and apps to phones, and run an automated phone trade-in program.
“Customers who don’t require the standalone security and portability of the Cellebrite Touch will benefit from the same proven applications to boost retail performance, running in a high-speed Windows environment at a lower price point,” said co-CEO Ron Serber.
The solution consists of the PC software, USB phone connector with integrated SIMcard reader and Bluetooth, cable kit, and power supply.
Mobelisk: The enterprise tablet supplier will debut its OS-agnostic MoGo modular smart tablet case that customizes any 7- to 8-inch tablet into a sales-floor tool for retail personnel, as well as a host of other occupational uses in other field force industries.
The scalable solution features interchangeable end-cap peripherals that will add such functionalities as I/O expansion, magnetic card reading, laser barcode scanning, biometric ID fingerprint scanning, EMV and nearfield communication (NFC) contactless payment systems, RFID reading and embedded receipt printing to any tablet.
The sealed-plastic case meets harsh environment standards and features hardware-level security with end-cap authentication and lock-down. It adds an additional 4,000 mAh battery for multi-shift, continual operation and electro-mechanical button actuation to emulate the feel and functionality of a purpose- built tablet.
The MoGo case can also be custom branded.
New Covenant Software: The company plans to unveil an upgraded version of ROSS (Retail Operating Software Suite), a full-function point-of-sale (POS) program built from the ground up for the wireless industry. It includes POS invoicing, inventory control, customer management, human resources, real-time reporting, employee and carrier commissions, wireless carrier integration, and master/subdealer advanced account linking.
New features in ROSS 6 include an overhauled user interface, ability to run on the Windows, Mac, Android and iOS operating systems; real-time reporting and push notifications; and ability to specify commissions for any plan, phone, add-on or accessory or for any combination.
The upgrade also displays graphs to report information at a glance.
The software rolls out in the summer with a onetime account setup fee of $299 plus $89.99/month per active location. Existing ROSS accounts can be upgraded at no cost.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.