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October 8, 2014

Zapp mobile payments coming soon with Android, iOS and Windows Phone support


When it comes to paying for goods in your high st, more and more of us are now looking for the easy way of payment. One of the ways is to pay by using your phone. Paying by phone is becoming all the rage now, and a new service, powered by Zapp (subsidiary of VocaLink), is coming soon to major high street retailers in UK.

The service, which will integrate with HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank. Stores already signed up that will be supporting Zapp include Sainsbury’s, Asda, House of Fraser, Shop Direct, Spar, Thomas Cook and Clarks. See the full list of 36 stores, on their press release (link below).

The service uses apps which will be available on Android, iOS, and Windows phone, although no word of a BlackBerry app yet, the company say they are committed to being cross platform.

When approaching checkouts customers will be able to use the ones that accepts Zapp payments. They will receive a special code on their mobile phones containing payment details, and they will be able to check the bill and choose which account to pay from.

Alternatively, they will be able to scan a code into the handset from a bill in a restaurant or the screen on a card machine. One other good point to mention is that the system will also supports NFC.

Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director at Sainsbury’s, said:

‘We know that the way that our customers shop is changing and we’re always looking at new and innovative ways to improve the experience. We’re one of the first retailers to sign up to Zapp to give our customers a quick, secure and convenient option to pay – both online and at the till.’

Paul Fielding, Group Treasurer of Asda said:

‘Zapp supports our long standing commitment to innovation. Our customers want to have choice, not only of what they buy but how they buy it, and Zapp will represent a fantastic addition to our payment options.’

Zapp claims their system is more secure, as unlike Chip and Pin customers will never hand over sensitive information, such as card numbers and expiry dates.

The system is said to cost a fraction of the cost of cards or other alternative payment methods.

Read their Press release at their website here.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini