You know when you tag on with a Snapper and the voice goes "PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO TAG OFF"? Well, duh.
Snapper have realised that these voice alerts are kind of annoying and/or unnecessary; and that we as public transport users have learned how the magical fish box works, so they're updating the Snapper sounds.
Here's a handy table of the changes:
Craft 2.0 are running the Smarten Your Snapper competition. All you need to do is make some sort of nifty cover, holder, or cosy for your Snapper card (or Snapper USB) and enter it into the competition for a chance to win a new Snapper card pre-loaded with $100. In addition, you'll win a table at the next Craft2.0 at the Dowse, giving you a place to market your creation.
Some of us at the Wellingtonista are rather fond of the old Snapper card. We worked through its teething troubles and are now happily tagging on and off as we bus about the city.
So when Miki Szikszai, CEO of Snapper, asked us if we'd like to visit Snapper HQ and learn a bit about what's new in the world of the magical talking fish box, we (well, Alan and I) jumped at the chance.
It's been a long time since we've mentioned Snapper in these pages.
In the meantime it's become so much of an everyday part of life in Wellington now that it hardly seems worth mentioning anymore. Or is it?
Recently we got an email from Snapper asking us if we'd like to come and see what they're up to. It seems they've had a few other things on the go as well as the recent Valley Flyer conversion
It's been a couple weeks since we last checked in on Snapper.
The Snapper rollout has continued apace, and some of us haven't used our old ten-trips for two whole weeks! (Well, we were excited about this, anyway.)
More and more people are boarding buses armed with the cards; and more and more buses (and their drivers) are ready to take them.
And in the meantime we've learnt many things.
Today, reader DaveK let us know that Snapper cards have finally gone on sale at a couple of retailers in town, at least. They're also available, along with the card readers that allow WinIE types to do refills at home, from the Snapper website.