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How to Buy a Prepaid Sim Card for Internet Access at the Copenhagen Airport !

August 8, 2013

Copenhagen airport
Picture by brewbooks

Once you are through the beggage claim and customs look for a WHSmith Bookstore.

I bought my sim card in the terminal 3 of the Copenhagen airport.
WHSmith Travel Ltd – Phone:+45 3248 3182

I did not have to show a passport or any other identification document.

The sim card is from and costs 25 DKK (Danish Crones) –
approximately 4.5 USD and is valid for 6 months.

I use an inexpensive Huawei Vodafone 858 Android phone. This phone is my mobile wifi hot spot for my iphone. More details here and how to configure the android phone:

Once I entered the lebara sim card in my huaweiphone a few minutes later I was able to make phone calls.

The end to end process to get access to the internet is more complex:

1. Call lebara Customer Service at 50 10 10 10
2.Then listen at least 30 seconds to Danish. If you here press 2 for English press 2 ūüôā
The voice will turn to English.
3. If it says setup internet press this number. I think it is Option 2.
If the minimum amount on your sim card is below 25 DKK ( Danish Crones) you need to do some steps (see below).
4. You will be told to go to internet page (which is an oxymoron at this stage (catch 22) .
These APN (AccessPointName) Settings have worked for me:
Name: Lebara internet
APN: internet
Proxy: <Not set>
Port: <Not set>
Username: <Not set>
Password:<Not set>
Server:<Not set>
MMSC:<Not set>
MMS proxy:<Not set>
MCC: 238
MNC: 02
Authentication type: none
APN type: default

5. Set up the Access Point Name as described in Step 4.
6. Swith off the android phone
7. Wait for 5 Minutes
8. Switch your android phone on.
9. Enter 0000

The Extra Steps which I found out after several calls to the customer service and wating at minimum 15 minutes to have a support agent on the phone. Once you reach one they are very helpful.

1. Go to WHSmith Bookshop and ask for lebara top up for 100 DKK (Danish Krona) if you want to telephone calls and internet or for a top up of 50 DKK if you only want to use internet (1GB Data). You also can get a top up of your lebara card at the 7-11 Stores (one is on the way from terminal 3 to terminal 2) at the copenhagen airport.

2. You will receive a pieces of paper with the heading Vaerdibevis and a logo of lebara mobile on it. In paragraph 2 or call it item 5 you will find a few English words. It says: For English: Call 50101234. Press 3. then 2.
It took several calls to lebara customer services until I worked this very brief guidance correctly.
3. Dial 50101234 and listen for a minimum of 35 to 55 seconds to the danish text. Do nothing while you listen. Then press 3 and listen again to some danish for 10 to 15 seconds and then press 2.
4. Hang up
5. Call again the number 50101234 and now the text will be in English. Follow the instruction:
6. I think to top up the amount of your card you need to press 2.
7. You need to enter an 8 digit code that you find under the logo of lebara mobile- look for the word KODE
Enter the 8 digit number and press hashtag #.
8. Enter a 6 digit number which is next to the 8 digit Code Number and press the hashtag #.
9. Now follow the instructions from the End to End process above from Step 1 Call the Customer Service Lebara line…..

Hope this guide was helpful.

Facetime iPhone:

I use the android phone as a mobile wifi hotspot for my iPhone. It was no problem to have a facetime call with my family at home  with iPhone connected to the android phone and the android phone send the data over a 3G connection.

Buy your lebara sim card at
If you want to have your sim card before arriving in Copenhagen you can order the lebara sim card at
Lebara SIM Card (Denmark)

Detailed Step by Step Guide on how to setup your Android Phone to access the internet:
How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot devices (router/smartphones/…)

See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone

How to buy a prepaid sim card a pay as you go PAYG sim card for internet access at London Heathrow airport or London City Airport^:


With the Kindle on the Beach – This is the Future

August 6, 2013
Kindle on the Beach

Reading the Kindle on the Beach

No problem reading books on the kindle (Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
) even in the sun on the beach. Try to do this with an ipad.
It is lighter than a book and whenever I finish a book I just switch on my inexpensive Huawei Vodafone Android Phone ( Huawei U8160 Vodafone VF858 Android Unlocked ) with
a local prepaid sim card and use this phone as the wifi hotspot for my kindle.
This way I can load new books and not having to leave the beach.
The picture was taken on the island of Sardinia (Italy).
The prepaid sim card costs 25 Euro (Vodafone) is valid for 1 month and allows for 3 GB Data transfer.
If I use my iphone from Switzerland I would have to pay 3000 CHF (2400 Euro) in roaming fees.

Huawei Vodafone Android

Huawei Vodafone Android

Detailed Step by Step Guide on how to setup your Android Phone to access the internet:
How to avoid data roaming and roaming fees ? Mobile Wlan Hotspot devices (router/smartphones/…)

See also: List of settings for different countries to surf over data networks with your smartphone

How to activate Google Maps Live Traffic updates on the iPhone ?

July 5, 2012

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Top quotes from the visionary leader Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011

The role model for New Business Development is without doubt Steve Jobs and his biogrphy is now avialable Steve Jobs
. Here are some of his top inspirational quotes and they might help to guide you in your visionary journey:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life”. (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005). Reference: CNBC

“Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarassement or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005). Reference: CNBC

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005). Reference: CNBC

“You’ve got to find what you love”. (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005). Reference: Stanford University

“I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out.”¬†¬†(Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005). Reference: Stanford University

“So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. ” (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

“And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.” ¬†(Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something ‚ÄĒ your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ¬†(Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

”¬†Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

“”If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” ¬†(Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma ‚ÄĒ which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” (Steve Jobs, Standford commmencement ceremony 2005).¬†Reference: Stanford University

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” Reference: BrainyQuote

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Reference: Brainy Quote

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” Reference: Brainy Quote

“To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.”¬†¬†Reference: Brainy Quote

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” Reference: Wikiquote¬†

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Best ways to learn to live a mobile connected life

October 27, 2009

How to get the most out of my time while mobile ? How to be more effective in the knowledge driven economy and maintain a healthy work-life balance ? How to best collaborate with my wife, family and friends and my professional networks ?

The centerpiece of my collaborative platform is the iPhone 3G.

I spent quite a bit of time driving, so basically in the first phase of my learning is the main focus on how to best collaborate and being effective while driving.

So far I have come with a list of tasks:

1)  Receive Calls: I use the the Sony Ericsson HCB-108 Bluetooth Car Handsfree (Silver)

2) Make calls through voice dialing

3) View Calendar and enter dates through Speech Control of the iphone Calendar. I would also need a larger display to view my calendar.

4) Navigation: Use the iphone and a larger display to have a navigation system available. Preferable connected with Google Maps.

5) Weather Forecasting: So I know what the situation will be in the next hours while driving

6) As I need several devices I will need a recharger for these devices.

7) Listen to music, live sports events, radio  and podcasts (example ) via iPhone and my car radio. Here I am looking at Griffin iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Auto Charger for iPod (Black)

8 ) Receive the latest traffic data

9) Maintain common to do and shopping lists

As I am passionate about collective, collaborative and continuous learning I would appreciate any comments on what you would use the iPhone during driving to be more effective or what devices or software you would recommend to use to support the tasks listed above.

Life Resource Planning System

September 1, 2009

Media companies are struggling. This is not new, this is not news. But this crisis accelerated their dilema.¬† Since the first Webbrowser was¬†distributed Media companies are looking for new sustainable business models.¬† This is difficult in the economy of “free”. Especially around media content. The whole story and how it evolves is blogged about by Jeff Jarvis on Buzzmachine.

Since 1999 Google demonstrates what bussinnss models are working. I want to add on a global scale. Today 50% of all newspaper readers are channeled through Google (search).  But is Google really the answer on the local scale ?

The strength of local companies is not the news, it is the strength of knowing the local environment. The future is not the advertising in your news that you sell it is a complete different model in my opinion. It is a very localized kind of “google” or even more. You let google do what google is best¬†at and you do what you as the local embedded organization could do best for the people in your region.

What local people need is an urban resource planning system, a life planning system or a personal resource planning system. Making it easy for them to organize their lives based on the communication, on the news they receive from their network, from the web.

What do I mean ? As a media company you could provide the services that would support such resource planning.
Example: You write an article online about a restaurant, a theater play, an event that will take place¬† and offer the reader to immediately reserve the ticket or the table in the restaurant out of the article , have the date entered in teh personal calendar, have the bill send or the ticket automatically paid,….

What ever local information y0u provide you organize the follow on processes for the reader. Whenever needed you link to available online systems (example what is provided by google) or build a hosting service for local applications that support very local needs, offer iphone, igoogle apps or gadgets that support the follow on processes.

To take it a step further for all the smart phone or mobile computing device users each house or location could provide information whenever you come close to these locations based on your GPS position tracked by your smart mobile device.
There are plenty of examples: you assign tasks to locations such as get medicine from the pharmacy on the way home, or buy bread at the bakery when you pass by in the morning or return from work. As soon as you come close to the location your smart mobile device will notify you of the open tasks related to this location.
Or you drive into the city and the device will tell you where the closes parking is and how many spaces are available.
Or you visit the town as a tourist and your device will offer you information on historical buildings that you pass by during your visit or it will tell you about events going to take place in the building –¬†be it a cinema, theater, restaurant, etc.
There are hundreds of possible location based services imaginable.

Even interpersonal based services could be developped. Such as a birthday reminder once you get close to a person you know and you are connect with…

The other opportunities are around collective learning or collective smartness. One way to learn is to benchmark against others РI created an example around Linkedin: How attractive is my Linkedin Profile РThe Benchmark Study ? You could benchmark your energy costs or benchmark other information where you profit from sharing these information with others to have more transparency for yourself in order to make decisions. Other opportunities are around transport. Whenever one gets into a traffic jam by sharing this information other drivers coming into the city will take a different route. Again plenty of services are imaginable.

In principal these services will need to be open and free. I cannot imagine a paid or subscriber model for the majority of these services. Income could come through  referral, coupons or advertising. There are plenty of places in these services where one could place adds or get referral fees. A number of these business modells are described and calculated at:

To build such¬†a system it could be done in cooperation¬†between large and small players. For example computer users could provide space on their computers to support hosting of data and applications, anyone could provide content and anyone could provide samll applications based on the open standards, etc…. There only needs to be a decent model around sharing of the income generated through this system.

The best way to understand these new possible business models is to pilot them. I have been involved in pilots of the interactive television beginning of the 90s. From such pilots you will quickly learn what a user would expect from these systems and how likely they will succeed in the market place. At that time it became apparant that the technology, the costs of the system will not meet the users experience and value expectations . And as you know interactive television did not turn into a sustainable profitable business.

Ideal places for these pilots could be New York, London, Tokyo or Zurich.
Zurich has an ideal setup. It is one of the wealthiest cities, it is very international, it has a highly developed media industry, it is a major banking place, Google has its European and Middle East and African Headquarter in Zurich, Ebay has an office in Zurich, Yahoo is in Switzerland, there is the ETH and there are plenty of high tech companies in and around Zurich.  And very important the major Telecom companies such as Swisscom are located in this city. Besides a very well established communication network Zurich could additionally explore the transfer of data via the electricity lines. Zurich would be well set for a pilot and could likely beocme the smartest city on earth.

Example of a generic personal resource planning system. In this case it is proposed subcriber model, which I believe will not be sustainable or attractive to most users.

Example of a hyperlocal news site: was just aquired by MSNBC.

Recommended  Readings:
Jarvis, Jeff: What Would Google Do?
Tapscott, Don: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Udell, Sterling: Beginning Google Maps Mashups with Mapplets, KML, and GeoRSS: From Novice to Professional (Beginning from Novice to Professional)

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