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[Press Release] Near Field Communication-Enabled Mobile Phone Now Usable For Public Transport Payment
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Near Field Communication-Enabled Mobile Phone Now Usable For Public Transport Payment
Press Release 29/03/16
The Land Transport Authority (LTA), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and EZ-Link have concluded a joint trial with the mobile network operators and public transport operators on the use of compatible mobile phones with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to make public transport payments.

With the new NFC Subscriber Identity Module (SIM), compatible NFC-enabled mobile phones can now be used for payments on MRT, LRT and public buses[1], as well as at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points island-wide, including retail, food and beverage outlets, and on taxis. Please refer to Annex A for the list of compatible mobile phones.

With the embedded ez-link purse, which complies with the specifications of the Contactless e-Purse Application (CePAS), the new NFC SIM turns a compatible NFC-enabled mobile phone into a contactless media for transactions and works seamlessly with the existing contactless infrastructure. Users simply need to turn on the NFC function on their mobile phones to make payments and top up the purse, as they would with an ez-link card. Users can also check their ez-link purse balance, transaction history, and top-up value using the EZ-Link mobile application.

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NFC-enabled smartphones can be used to pay for transport, food
From: CNA
Date: 29/03/16

SINGAPORE: Following the conclusion of a joint trial to study the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to pay for public transport, compatible mobile phones can now be used to do just that.

With the new NFC SIM card, certain mobile devices can be used for payments on MRT, LRT and public buses, as well as at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points across the island, according to a joint press release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and EZ-Link on Tuesday (Mar 29).

Users need to turn on the NFC function on their mobile phones to make payments and top up the purse, as they would with an ez-link card. Users can also check their ez-link purse balance, transaction history, and top-up value using the EZ-Link mobile application, the press release added.

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Commuters can use compatible NFC phones to pay bus and train fares
From: Straits Times
By: Adrian Lim
Date: 29/03/16

SINGAPORE - Commuters can now use compatible mobile phones with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to pay their bus and train rides.

Similar to using an EZ-Link travel card, commuters can simply tap their handsets at MRT and LRT fare gantries, as well as on card readers on buses.

There are currently 19 phones - including models from LG, Samsung and Sony - which are compatible with the new payment mode, with more to be added progressively.

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NFC-compatible phones can now be used for bus and train fares
From: TODAY
Date: 29/03/16

SINGAPORE — Commuters in Singapore will be able to use their smartphones to pay for their rides on public transport from Tuesday (March 29).

Users will first need to have the appropriate SIM card as well as a compatible Near-Field Communciations (NFC) phone – currently limited to 19 Android phones.

Users will then need to turn on the NFC function on their mobile phones to make payments and top up the purse. They can also check their ez-link purse balance, transaction history, and top-up value using the EZ-Link app, which is available on the Google Play Store.

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Pay for bus, train rides by tapping your phone
From: Straits Times
By: Adrian Lim
Date: 30/03/16

Paying for bus and train rides has just become easier - all you need is a compatible mobile phone.

A government-backed mobile payment system previously used only for retail, food and taxis was yesterday expanded to cover public transport, too.

Industry observers said this is the "killer application" which will encourage more people to use this system, which has had a relatively slow take-up since it started in 2012.

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