Snapper launches Touch2Pay in Auckland
- — 17 September, 2012 22:00
Wellington company Snapper has launched its smartphone payment system, Touch2Pay, in Auckland.
The service uses near field communications (NFC) to allow users to pay for goods by tapping a smartphone, with a special Snapper-enabled 2degrees SIM installed, against a scanner.
To pay for items with one of these phones, a Snapper app needs to be downloaded and activated on the device.
Snapper chief executive Miki Szikszai said when it came to NFC technology, the company had "nailed it".
"Initially a lot of people said we couldn't do this," he said. "They're the same people who said we couldn't do integrated ticketing a year ago when we started, and we've proved them wrong."
Previously, people who acquired Touch2Pay SIM cards in Wellington could use them in Auckland, but they were not officially supported.
Touch2Pay SIM cards, whether full-sized or micro SIMs, can be bought from 2degrees's website for $20.
Currently, Snapper cards are able to be used in many convenience stores and petrol stations around Auckland, as well as on NZ Bus services and in some taxis. Smartphone payment will be available in those retailers.
However, Snapper's 'Hop' bus cards are expected to be removed from Auckland buses by April next year.