Friday, 20 May 2016

Contactless cards are on borrowed time - they're just an interim for phones

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In the UK, the proportion is two-thirds. Here, around 59pc of smartphones run on Android, while another 35pc are iPhones, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, both of which offer m-pay options. Mobile payments are going to be far more ubiquitous than their plastic counterparts, relegating contactless cards to being an offline backup in dire phone battery situations. 

From Contactless cards are on borrowed time - they're just an interim for phones

Actually, if the smartphones implement the standard properly (Apple don’t) then you should be able to use to your phone to pay even when the battery is dead because the microchips that do the payments get their energy from the electro-magnetic field of the reader, just as the microchips in a contactless card do.

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