EE introduces contactless mobile payments to London’s buses for the first time

  • EE’s Cash on Tap service now compatible with Transport for London’s network of 8,600 buses
  • Cash on Tap enables EE customers to make fast and simple mobile contactless payments to get around the capital
  • Daily and weekly payment capping ensures customers won’t pay any more than using an Oyster card
  • EE Cash on Tap customers will also be able to use their handset to pay on London Underground, DLR and Overground from 16th September

Monday 4th August, 2014: EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, today announced customers can use their mobile phone to pay for travel on the London bus network for the first time. Customers with Cash on Tap enabled handsets can now benefit from the simplicity, convenience and security of mobile payments, without the need for an Oyster card or contactless debit card. 

EE is the only network provider currently providing contactless mobile payments, and Cash on Tap will make paying on London buses faster and more practical than ever before – with no more queuing to top-up an Oyster card or fishing around a handbag first thing in the morning. Cash on Tap also avoids the issue of card clash – where gates may not open if customers have more than one contactless card in their purse or wallet.

The Cash on Tap service launched last year, and is due to be compatible with over 500,000 customers’ handsets by the end of 2014. There will be no added charges for using Cash on Tap to pay for travel, and both daily and weekly caps ensure customers won’t pay a penny more than using an Oyster card. 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”.

Contactless payment on London’s buses is the first step in a wider roll-out across the capital’s transport network, with Cash on Tap payments due to be accepted when TfL’s contactless payment system goes live on the London Underground, DLR and Overground network from 16th September.

Launched in partnership with MasterCard, the Cash on Tap application is available free via the Google Play store and compatible with a range of Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2. EE customers can already use their phone to pay in the likes of McDonald’s, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Greggs at over 300,000 locations across the country.

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About EE

EE is the largest and most advanced digital communications company in Britain, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to consumers, businesses, government and the wholesale market. EE has approximately 15,000 employees and 550 retail stores, and serves more than 30 million customers across its mobile, fixed and wholesale businesses.

EE runs the UK's biggest, fastest and most reliable mobile network, pioneering the UK's first superfast 4G mobile service in October 2012. EE's 4G coverage today reaches more than 70% of the UK population. EE’s 2G coverage reaches 99% of the population while 3G reaches 98%. EE's superfast fibre broadband service covers 54% of the UK population, and ADSL broadband service covers 98.7% of the population.

In the last few years, EE has received extensive independent recognition including being ranked the UK's best overall network by RootMetrics®, Best network at the 2014 Mobile News Awards, Fastest Network at the 2013 uSwitch Awards, Best Network at the 2013 Mobile Choice Consumer Awards and What Mobile Awards, Network Innovation at the 2013 Recombu awards and Best Network for Business at the 2013 Mobile Industry awards.

Cash on Tap

Cash on Tap is issued by PrePay Technologies Limited pursuant to license by MasterCard® International Incorporated. Cash on Tap is an electronic money product. PrePay Technologies Limited is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority for the issuance of electronic money (FRN 900010). MasterCard and the MasterCard Brand Mark are registered trademarks and PayPass and Tap & Go™ are trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.

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