Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Contactless cards: hype vs reality

Visa Europe contactless cards will be issued to two million plus RBS and NatWest UK customers over the next year By the end of 2013, there will be more than 70 million Visa contactless cards in use across Europe.

Mark Austin, vice president - contactless at Visa Europe, says: “Many major merchants like M&S, the Post Office and London’s buses are now accepting contactless payment as the service becomes a High Street reality."

Whilst progress is undoubtedly being made, I'd say the High Street reality is more in line with the following recent exchange between yours truly and a member of staff at my local Boots...

Me: Can I pay by contactless?

Staff member: Yeah.

Me: The terminal looks like it only accepts debit and credit cards.

Staff member (sighing, tapping away at till): There you go, you can use your card now.

Me: Erm, thanks.

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