EE launches contactless smartphone payments for London buses

EE customers can now use their NFC-enabled smartphones to pay for London bus journeys by tapping on the Oyster card reader.

The system is called Cash on Tap and follows the same payment structure as the Oyster card, meaning the total each customer pays each day will be capped to not exceed what they’d have paid with a card.

EE customers with an NFC-enabled Android smartphone can download the Cash on Tap app from the Play store, which contains a virtual wallet into which they must deposit funds to pay for their bus journeys.

Compatible smartphones include the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2.

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”.


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