August 7, 2014

EE now offers contactless mobile payments on London buses


EE now offers contactless mobile payments on London buses

Just a swipe lets you pay your bus fare!

Not so long ago we wrote about EE’s plans to offer contactless mobile payments on the London Underground, Overground and DLR from the 16th of September, but it’s not stopping at trains, as the network has announced that it now offers contactless payments on London buses as well.

It works the same way as it will on trains, requiring users to have EE’s Cash on Tap app and with that enabled you just swipe your phone over the sensor to pay for travel, as you would with an Oyster card or a contactless debit card.

It has advantages over both of those too, as it avoids the issue of card clash, where multiple contactless cards in a wallet or purse can stop it from working. It also means you don’t have to fish out a card, as your phone is likely to be a lot closer to hand and you don’t need to worry about finding a machine to top up as you can do so from the app itself.

It incorporates daily and weekly caps and you won’t pay a premium for using it, so it’s no more expensive than using an Oyster card. On buses you’ll pay just £1.45 for any single journey, while daily fares will be capped at £4.40 and weekly ones will be capped at £20.20.

In combination with London’s network of 8,600 buses, getting around the capital has never been easier for EE customers.

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”.

Cash on Tap is a free download from Google Play, all you need is an EE SIM card and a compatible handset, which include the HTC One and most recent Sony and Samsung devices, with more to be added over time. The service is already available in over 300,000 locations across the UK, including McDonald’s and Greggs, so not only can you get to and from the shops with it but you can pay for lunch once you’re there.

Looking to find out more about Cash on Tap?