Barclaycard PayTag: contactless payments are go!

barclaycardBarclaycard have gone and launched a thing that allows you bozos to the chance to make wave-and-pay purchases from their mobile phone. It is called the PayTag and is a quarter of the size of a trad.arr. credit card and can be stuck on anything you like. If you put it on your smartphone, you'll look like you're from the future, and that's all you've ever wanted - to be an early adopter with something to moan about.

Anyway, this new thing is linked to you normal credit card account and allows you to pay for things in any "contactless" store, restaurant or whatever. Barclaycard are obviously hoping that this takes off seeing as the public hasn't been overly enthusiastic about contactless payments thus far.

Next month, a select group of Barclaycard's customers will be the first to receive PayTag, with everyone getting offered this upgrade (or sidegrade) eventually.

David Chan, CEO of Barclaycard Consumer Europe, said: "More than half of us say that the item we're most lost without is our mobile phone, so we're giving people the option of using them to make easy, convenient, everyday payments without the need to upgrade their current handset."

So far, only coffee shops, some Boots stores and McDonalds have embrace this new form of paying, but it seems that this is the way things are going with Visa predicting that contactless point-of-sale terminals will rise by 50% to 150,000 in the UK in 2012.


  • Darren
    Can you attach it easily to a fox?
  • Bozo
    The item I am most lost without probably isn't a mobile phone, so I must not be one of 'us'.
  • Massive C.
    Woha, I iz luvin dis, dis meanz Is can go buy stuff wiv ur monys using ma iphone ded ez loik! Sent from my iPad
  • Dud D.
    Surely no one would be stupid enough to put it on the outside of the case?
  • Mike H.
    I'm going to stick mine to my cock, so It looks like I'm humping the card reader whenever I buy anything. This is something that doesn't go down to well at the Mothercare stores, apparently.
  • Mary H.
    Coffee shops, some Boots stores and McDonalds, the 'Burberry pound' is worth a great deal, it seems.
  • Dick
    I stick one on my trad.arr. credit card.
  • Dick
    Or my left butt cheek. And slap my arse in asda. Every little helps.
  • roge
    the readers are always broke and I just end up having to pay normally with pin etc. That is why no-one is using it. btw no-one is going to stick this on their nice, shiny, expensive phone
  • Bazinga
    I'll strap it to my sausage as I'm a nudist.
  • Jase
    Never really got the charm around contactless payments. Yes it might be that bit easier, but to be honest I like the minute or so focus from regular chip & pin that says: "you're spending your money". The easier they make it, the more likely I'll make silly frivolous purchases...good for them, bad for me.
  • JonB
    So if your phone is nicked the thief gets access to your credit card as well? Great idea...

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