UK mobile network operator EE announced today (4 August 2014) that its customers can use their mobile phone to pay for travel on the London bus network for the first time.
Customers with Cash on Tap enabled handsets can now benefit from the simplicity, convenience and security of mobile payments, without the need for an Oyster card or contactless debit card.
EE is the only network provider currently providing contactless mobile payments, and Cash on Tap will make paying on London buses faster and more practical than ever before – with no more queuing to top-up an Oyster card or fishing around a handbag first thing in the morning. Cash on Tap also avoids the issue of card clash – where gates may not open if customers have more than one contactless card in their purse or wallet.
The Cash on Tap service launched last year, and is due to be compatible with over 500,000 customers’ handsets by the end of 2014. 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. A bus fare costs £1.45 for any single journey, with daily and Monday to Sunday bus fares capped at £4.40 and £20.20 respectively – the same as an Oyster.
Pippa Dunn, chief consumer marketing officer, EE said: “More people use London’s buses than all the other bus services across the country combined, so the need for speedy and simple payment solutions is paramount.”
“That’s why we’ve been working hard to bring our contactless mobile payments service, Cash on Tap, to TFL’s network – removing the need for customers to queue for a ticket, or hunt through their pockets and bags to find the right card.”
Contactless payment on London’s buses is the first step in a wider roll-out across the capital’s transport network, with Cash on Tap payments due to be accepted when TfL’s contactless payment system goes live on the London Underground, DLR and Overground network from 16 September.
Launched in partnership with MasterCard, the Cash on Tap application is available free via the Google Play store and compatible with a range of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2. EE customers can already use their phone to pay in the likes of McDonald’s, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Greggs at over 300,000 locations across the country.
See also: Transport for London to launch contactless payments in September