Saturday, June 23, 2007

Mobiles to get a taste of Oyster

Mobile phone companies Orange, O2 and Nokia are in talks with Transport for London about using phones instead of Oyster Cards to pay for tube tickets.

Handsets loaded with bank account details would be swiped over a reader to buy tickets from Oyster Card machines, and swiped again at the barriers to pay for journeys.

The handsets use 'near field communication' technology, which involves a short-wave radio activated when phones are touched against a screen or reader. They will be available at commercial levels from next year, and are already compatible with London Underground ticket machines.

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