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Pay for items using your cellphone

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 18, 2007

CELLPHONE users can soon pay for a train ride or a burger by simply tapping their mobile gizmos at the fare gate or cashier. This somewhat ‘futuristic’ scenario moved a step closer to reality on Wednesday, with the launch of one of the largest public trials of such mobile payment technology here.

Run by StarHub and EZ-Link, the trial will have 1,000 users use their phones like electronic wallets. They simply tap their phones when paying for bus and train rides, as well as items at McDonald’s and 7-11 convenience stores.

Altogether, there will be about 20,000 ez-link machines that can read these specially-made phones, which are loaned to the trial users for six months.

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