The Royal Bank of Scotland Group or RBS together with Visa Europe is looking to offer mobile payments to its customer via its TouchPay scheme. They aim to solve the lack of NFC capability of the iphone by giving their customers a NFC-enabled case.
RBS and NatWest introduced TouchPay cases to Apple iPhone 4 and 4S models, giving the smartphones Near-Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. It also allows the RBS group customers to buy items up to £20 by touching their iPhones on retail store pay points.
According to Sandra Alzetta – Senior Vice President – Innovation, New Product & Channel Development at Visa Europe, the real challenge in providing consumers mobile contactless payments is to find ways on how to enable the technology in non-NFC capable smartphones.
TouchPay’s new NFC accessory for the iPhone enables the technology and will help speed up its popularity among users.
The iCarte cases, made by Wireless Dynamic, works by downloading an app that links the device and the case and to try out the technology, the company gave away free cases to the first 1,000 registered customers in the scheme.
If the trial becomes a success, the RBS group will roll out the cases to iPhone users. 9,000 people are already registered the scheme is expected to gain more popularity.
- About 9,000 users have signed up for the TouchPay scheme.
Sandra Alzetta, Senior VP and Head of Visa Europe Mobile: “A key industry challenge in bringing mobile contactless payments to consumers is finding ways to enable existing smartphones that do not offer NFC technology.”
About the iPhone 4s from Wikipedia: “The iPhone 4S is a touchscreen-based smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is the fifth generation of the iPhone and retains the exterior design of its predecessor, the iPhone 4, but is host to a range of improved hardware specifications and software updates.”
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