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  • Pilot Program Lets New Yorkers Pay Transit Fares With iPhone


    iPhone users in New York and New Jersey can now participate in a new pilot program that lets users pay their transit fares wirelessly with Visa payWave. Commuters using New York City Transit, NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will have access to this new program. For now, use in the New York Subway is limited to 28 stops along the Lexington line. If all goes well, it will be expanded across the entire subway system in the future.

    Travelers who want to use Visa payWave must have a special sensor equipped to their iPhones and use an app to wirelessly pay fares. With the app running, riders simply wave their smartphones in front of a card reader and payment is made electronically. This will save riders time and effort by eliminating the need to stand in line to buy tickets. Technology like this will make fumbling for tickets a thing of the past.

    Visa, in conjunction with Bank of America, is working hard to bring smartphone payment systems like this to retailers all over the New York area. Visa has also been deploying the payWave system to other cities such as Paris, London and Singapore.

    If rumors are true, Apple’s next iPhone model will include some form of electronic payment system such as Visa’s payWave. Next year’s “one more thing” may turn out to be the iWallet. We’ll just have to wait and see what Steve and Co. have up their sleeves next.

    Source: 9to5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pilot Program Lets New Yorkers Pay Transit Fares With iPhone started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      Quote Originally Posted by CMOSlabs View Post
      So why won't the chip in my visa card that I just wave at the card reader work for this? Been using it for years. Seems a lot easier and cheaper.
      Using phones or credit cards with chips in them is OLD as DIRT.
      In japan you use your phone for MANY purchases, and has been that way!
      the chip in your credit card can also be used as your room key in some hotels. This company called SAFLOK has been doing it and installing it in hotels for a few years now. I find it an inconvienience to fumble for a dead iphone cuz the battery sux (3G) but ya know what? there is nothing like good old boring CASH.
      It even works without cellular data connections, can stay in a wallet for 24 months and still work!
    1. SoopaNutz's Avatar
      SoopaNutz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Daerid View Post
      I like the idea, but it also invites more danger to having your iPhone stolen.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      Good point. If they don't snatch it as you use it, they see it and may get you later. I guess it makes life fun.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      i live in new york and they've been piloting the visa tap to pay card here fora while. I take the subway everyday at least once, i have not ONCE seen someone use this tap to pay feature. I think the reason is that the placement of the "tap" sensor is on the front of the turnstile and new yorkers (well at least I am) are used to not having to break a step when they get on the subway. when you swipe your metrocard, you just dont stop walking because its right next to the actual turnstile on the top, the tap to pay in like 2.5 feet from the ground on the front of the turnstile. if they change the position of this tap thing, then maybe i would consider it, but right now, its too out of the way and too clumsy.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      I think I'll stick to paying with my metrocard., there are some stations where I would NOT want to take out my lovely iphone 4 !! it would just give criminals something to look forward to taking.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      If it makes my life easier then I'm all for it. It would be nicer if this could be done w/out a specific case though.
    1. discostar's Avatar
      discostar -
      Quote Originally Posted by fungusfeet View Post
      "Technology like this will make fumbling for tickets a thing of the past."

      And make fumbling around for your phone, launching the app and hoping your battery hasn't run out a thing of the present.

      Stupid idea. (Which part are people liking? Is it that it's on an iphone or just that you can wave something in front of a reader to board a train? I live in London and we use an oyster card so I understand the liking of the 2nd option)
      Because when you commute, your iPhone is half charged and just out of hands reach, right...?

      We have Metrocards and some stations have the VISA tap card (I only know of one (^_^)
      How is it more difficult to take out your iphone, then it is to take out your fare card?

      What people like, is that it's one less thing to carry. And I don't know if you have to swipe the Oyster card, but card swiping is not fool proof (not that this is) but- It would save SOOOOO much plastic.
    1. itaintrite's Avatar
      itaintrite -
      I think they're better off just getting of those wireless VISA scanner.
    1. fungusfeet's Avatar
      fungusfeet -
      Quote Originally Posted by discostar View Post
      Because when you commute, your iPhone is half charged and just out of hands reach, right...?

      We have Metrocards and some stations have the VISA tap card (I only know of one (^_^)
      How is it more difficult to take out your iphone, then it is to take out your fare card?

      What people like, is that it's one less thing to carry. And I don't know if you have to swipe the Oyster card, but card swiping is not fool proof (not that this is) but- It would save SOOOOO much plastic.
      I'm not one for letting my phone run down, I charge it every night but there have been times where it has run out before my journey home(being an iphone), I know other people who just charge their phone once it's run out. What am I supposed to do then? Go running around to find a phone store that will let me charge my phone for 10 minutes or so? No thanks.

      My oyster has an annual travelcard on it and it never leaves my wallet, just tap the wallet against the reader on the gate and put it back in my pocket. There'd be queues a mile long while everyone was standing at the gate fannying around with their phones.
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      I LOVE seeing new ways to use my iPhone
    1. sh33436's Avatar
      sh33436 -
      that's crazy
    1. Musashi13's Avatar
      Musashi13 -
      This is the reason lots in Japan don't want an iPhone. We've been using our phones as mobile wallets for years and even the latest offering from apple comes without this basic function. Really, it is a very basic function for us!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Musashi13 View Post
      This is the reason lots in Japan don't want an iPhone. We've been using our phones as mobile wallets for years and even the latest offering from apple comes without this basic function. Really, it is a very basic function for us!
      What does that have to do with japan?
    1. Hyperextension's Avatar
      Hyperextension -
      This story was on SNL last night and they bring up a pretty good and funny point. Using your iPhone to pay in the subway. Anyone catch the flaw here? Good luck getting a signal underground in the subway. AT&T sucks as it is. Throw a few feet of earth above it and it is bound to get worse.
    1. sunshinejenn03's Avatar
      sunshinejenn03 -
      The idea is cool, and I know Japan has been doing this for years with things as simple as vending machines. But I have my reservations about it. I live in DC and there are stops where criminals hang out, waiting for riders with devices like iPhones and iPods. This would just announce that the rider has an expensive device. So, sure, it saves money on the cost of the plastic and moves people along, but they'd have to increase security to make sure passengers are safe. I'll just stick with my smartcard.