Mobile network EE has announced that customers can now use their mobile phones to pay for travel on the London bus network for the first time.
Customers benefit from the convenience of mobile payments through the Cash on Tap smartphone app on London buses.
Launched in partnership with MasterCard last year, the Cash on Tap service is planned to be compatible with over 500,000 customers’ handsets by the end of 2014, said EE.
With no added charges for using the app to pay for travel, the daily and weekly caps mean customers pay the same as when 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 price as payments via an Oyster Card.
The app is available free via the Google Play store and compatible with a range of Android devices.
EE customers already use their smartphones to pay in eateries such as McDonald’s, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Greggs. Cash on Tap payments are also due to be accepted when TfL’s contactless payment system goes live on the London Underground, DLR and Overground network from September 16.
Pippa Dunn, chief consumer marketing officer at EE, said that as more people use London’s buses than all the other bus services across the country combined, 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,' she said.