We already use our phones for much more than making calls - playing games, listening to music and taking pictures and video too.
Now, in an increasing number of towns across our region, motorists are being encouraged to use their mobiles to pay for parking like in Brighton and Hove, half the old parking meters are being removed. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Drivers in Brighton and Hove are being urged to use their mobile phones to pay for parking. The city council is removing half of all ticket machines to save money. But some motorists fear the change will make parking more difficult for those without mobiles. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jason Kitcat, the Green leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, and Steve Percy of People's Parking Protest.
Council chiefs in Sussex are being accused of holding motorists to ransom over parking charges.
It's been revealed that Brighton and Hove makes over £18m a year from on-street parking. That's more than any other authority outside London.
The city council says much of that money is spent on improving public transport. But drivers say it's daylight robbery. Malcolm Shaw reports
A man has been sent to prison for three years for attacking a man in a row over parking in Brighton.
Robert Downs, 23, unemployed from Baranscraig Avenue in Brighton pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and was sentenced on October 23 at Lewes Crown Court.
Shortly after 6.30pm on Thursday May 15 the victim, a 53-year-old from Brighton, confronted Downs whose car was parked on the grass in Preston Park. As the victim walked away, Downs hit him over the head with a bottle and after he had fallen to the ground, stamped on his head.
The crackdown on parents in Brighton parking illegally outside primary schools is continuing today.
Yesterday a parking warden was pushed to the ground by a parent outside the Rudyard Kipling school when they were asked to move their car.
Parking enforcement officers and police are issuing fines to parents who park dangerously.
Councillors at Brighton & Hove City Council are to discuss scrapping parking charges for council run car parks and on street parking on Sundays.
The debate has been prompted by an online petition signed by more than 1,250 people.
The biggest rail company in the country hit back at critics of its rises in station car parking charges.
South West Trains said there will be no increase at Guilford, Southampton Central and Woking railway stations.
The company are also investing millions to increase the number of spaces at car parks in Fleet, Farnborough and Winchester.
Some individual tickets will go up by just under 7%. Stations like Basingstoke and Brookwood will see daily charges rise by 50p to £8.
But others will be frozen and season tickets will go up by 1.2%.
Unions have been accused of issuing inaccurate figures over this years rise.
Thousands of rail passengers have been hit by inflation busting rises to park at stations, sparking a major row.
Commuters in Basingstoke will now have to pay £8 a day, which is up by 50p. Brighton saw prices rise from £12 a day to £12.50.
Those who live in Hayward Heath in West Sussex face paying £1,138 for an annual permit.
Southern have raised its average overall rise to around 5% and 3.5% for season tickets, while South West Trains said they had increased parking charges by 3.8%. The two companies introduced the biggest increases.
Southern says it has invested 8.2 million pounds on car park facilities and has added 1,100 extra spaces across the network.
Southeastern said its rise was 3%, about 20p or 30p for most people.
First Great Western said it had no increases and are in fact cutting weekend parking at stations by 50%.
Over the coming months more car park spaces are being built at busy stations - to deal with the problem of overcrowding.
Farnborough station will see the biggest increase - with an extra 243 bays. Fleet will see an extra 153 parking spaces.
And at Winchester 113 spaces will be created. The bad news? Major disruption while the work gets underway as Sally Simmonds reports.
Work to ease a car parking crisis at three Hampshire train stations is expected to cause months of disruption for rail passengers.
Double decks are being built at Farnborough, Fleet and Winchester. However the number of parking spaces available will be reduced while the work is being carried out.