Last week a mobile wallet trial in Auckland was announced with certain retailers and the HOP public transport ticketing system, but mobile payments on buses and taxis are already underway in Wellington.
According to Snapper chief executive, Miki Szikszai, Snapper is a "way of life" in the capital and its new Touch2Pay system in conjunction with 2degrees is the first full commercial deployment of NFC technology.
Wellingtonians can use the LG Optimus Net, the first 2degrees Touch2Pay handset (other devices across a range of price points will be released throughout the year), to pay for goods at retailers including dairies, Subway, FIX Urban Grocer and cafes through an exclusive partnership with Snapper.
Using their Snapper balance, customers can top up their handsets with up to $300. More than 200,000 Snapper cards have been issued in the city.
2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz (pictured here swiping onto a bus) says Touch2Pay will make payment faster and easier for people on the go.
“We have been working with Snapper to launch this technology, which marks another step in the way mobile can make life better every day. The launch of Touch2Pay is the kind of innovation we believe Kiwis will really value, effectively enabling your mobile phone to swallow your wallet.”
Wellingtonians who sign up to 2degrees Touch2Pay phones by July 31 will also get free bus travel in the Wellington area and 1GB of data to use on the weekends for the rest of 2012.
This builds on last month’s announcement by Paymark, Vodafone, 2degrees and Telecom on a joint venture to create the infrastructure necessary for an NFC ecosystem.