--By Josie Wu,
translated by Sho Huang
"ibon" is a 7-ELEVEN
website kiosk offering all sorts of services.
For example, to book a travel ticket, or use
it to pay credit card bills. You can also
download a document from your email--and then
color-print it. This service is great for
planning the weekend, such as for checking
for available concert seats and booking them.
The printing function allows customers to
print out reports, essays and other various
forms, from scooter tickets and insurance
forms to bills due. Currently, there are more
than 1,100 7-ELEVEN stores with "ibon"
service available (Taipei city and county,
Keelung city) and it is expected to be in
all shops nationwide by mid-2007. In the future,
services like public transportation ticket
sales, shopping, movie ticket sales and amusement
park ticket sales online will be added. www.ibon.com.tw
"ibon" is hooked up to multi-functional
devices. It can also transfer information
from Bluetooth, USB and memory cards to the
Net, acting as a personal work studio.
"ibon" currently provides a number
of services: office-related work, bill payment,
insurance fees, travel, ticket booking and