Paying by phone is all the rage now, and a new service, powered by Zapp, is coming soon to major high street retailers in UK.
The service, which will integrate with HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank, will be supported by Sainsbury,Asda and also House of Fraser, Shop Direct, Thomas Cook and Clarks early next year.
The service uses apps which will be available on iOS, Android and also windows phone, with the company committed to being cross platform.
When Zapp-using customers get close to the check-out that accepts Zapp payments they will receive a special code on their mobile phones containing payment details, and they will be able to check the bill and choose which account to pay from.
Alternatively, they will be able to scan a code into the handset from a bill in a restaurant or the screen on a card machine.
The system also supports NFC.
Zapp claims their system is more secure, as unlike Chip and Pin customers will never hand over sensitive information, such as card numbers and expiry dates.
The system is said to cost a fraction of the cost of cards or other alternative payment methods.
Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director at Sainsbury’s, said: ‘We know that the way that our customers shop is changing and we’re always looking at new and innovative ways to improve the experience.
‘We’re one of the first retailers to sign up to Zapp to give our customers a quick, secure and convenient option to pay – both online and at the till.’
Paul Fielding, Group Treasurer of Asda said: ‘Zapp supports our long standing commitment to innovation. Our customers want to have choice, not only of what they buy but how they buy it, and Zapp will represent a fantastic addition to our payment options.’
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