TouchPay brings NFC to NatWest and RBS
The trend for NFC technology continues with NatWest and RBS kicking off the roll-out of the latest contactless payment service called TouchPay, which will be aimed at iPhone owners.
A small number of customers are trialling the TouchPay system – developed with Visa – and, should it be deemed a success, the technology will be rolled out in "the near future" or something.
"TouchPay has proven incredibly popular and shows that our customers want more flexible and convenient ways to pay. Delivered alongside our updated mobile apps, the TouchPay service means that our customers need only carry their smartphone with them to make payments and manage their finances wherever they are," said Ben Green, head of mobile at RBS.
If you like the idea of this, you'll need an NFC-enabled smartphone cover which is embedded with the chip. Basically, you put the sleeve over your phone and follow on-screen instructions to set-up the service. With the relevant app, you'll be able to buy things for £20 and under.
There is no news on Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone 8 handsets as yet, but it is obviously only a matter of time.