EE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY that its Cash on Tap NFC payments service can now be used on London buses.
EE introduced its Cash on Tap app in July 2013 as a way for customers to make NFC payments on supported devices - a list that presently includes the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.
The service, which could previously be used at outlets such as McDonalds and Greggs, is now accepted across London's fleet of 8,600 buses, which means users can pay for journeys on their smartphones rather than with their Oyster cards.
EE chief consumer marketing officer Pippa Dunn 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."
Fares are the same as they would be if using an Oyster card. EE explained that 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.
Cash on Tap users will be able to use the app on the London Underground, DLR and Overground from 16 September, the date when TfL will start accepting payments on contactless bank cards.
TfL director of customer experience Shasi Verma said, "Offering the option of contactless payments will make it easier and more convenient for customers to pay for their travel, freeing them of the need to top up Oyster credit and helping them get on board without delay.
"The pilot has been a success, with participants giving us really useful feedback. This is the latest step in making life easier for our customers by using modern technology to offer the best service possible." µ
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