EE m-payments get London transport thumbs up


When TfL launches contactless payments in September, EE customers will be able to travel across London using their mobile phone to make payments

UK mobile network operator, EE, today announced its customers will be able to travel on London's Underground, DLR and Overground networks using their mobile phone when Transport for London's (TfL's) contactless programme launches on 16 September.

The service, which is set to use EE's free ‘Cash on Tap' mobile contactless payment service app, was developed in partnership with MasterCard.

Cash on Tap will also avoid the issue of card clash, a situation some users of London pre-paid contactless travel card, the Oyster Card, currently experience, where gates may not open if customers have more than one contactless card in their purse or wallet.

EE is currently the only UK network provider to offer a contactless payment service, Cash on Tap, which is due to be compatible with over 500,000 customers' handsets this year. There will be no added charges for using Cash on Tap to pay for travel, and both daily and weekly caps ensure customers won't pay a penny more than using an Oyster card.

Gerry McQuade, chief marketing officer at EE, said: 'Users of the world's greatest tube network will shortly benefit from the latest in mobile payment technology, allowing them to use their phone to pay for their daily commute. As more and more people benefit from the simplicity, convenience and security that mobile contactless payments offer, it's rapidly becoming clear that the days of the physical wallet are fast becoming numbered.'

The Cash on Tap app is available free via the Google Play store and compatible with a range of Android devices direct from EE, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2. EE customers can already use their phone to pay in more than 300,000 shops across the country, including Marks & Spencer, McDonald's, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Greggs.


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