You can now travel the London Underground using EE's 'Cash on Tap' app

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EE has today announced that the mobile operator's Cash on Tap app will connect with card readers on the London Underground, using NFC on supporting smartphones. This makes EE's mobile payment service compatible with the underground, tram, DLR, Overground and National Rail services that accept Oyster cards. This follows EE's recent rollout across London buses.

For those not familiar with Cash on Tap, the service enables consumers to make fast contactless payments on their mobile, without having to whip out their credit or debit card. What's more is Tfl's capping still applies to both mobile payments and wireless bank cards, which are also now supported on the Underground network. Whether you have a supporting mobile device or bank card, it's now easier to get around the capital.

Will you be using bank cards, mobile devices or simply sticking with Oyster?

Tuesday 16th September, 2014: EE, the UK's most advanced digital communications company, today announced customers can now use their mobile phone to pay for travel on London Underground, tram, DLR, Overground and National Rail services that accept Oyster for the very first time.

The roll-out compliments the ability to make mobile payments with EE on London Buses introduced on August 4th. Customers with Cash on Tap enabled handsets can now benefit from the simplicity, convenience and security of mobile payments across the entire TfL network, without the need for an Oyster card or contactless debit card.

EE continues to work closely with TfL and MasterCard to make sure paying for the Tube is faster and more practical than ever before. Whether travelling on the tube, bus or both, customers will no longer need to queue to top-up an Oyster card, or rummage through a handbag at the barriers. Cash on Tap also removes the possibility of card clash – where gates may not open if customers have more than one contactless card in their purse or wallet

The Cash on Tap service was launched last year, and is due to be compatible with over 500,000 customers' handsets by the end of the year. There will be no added charges for using Cash on Tap to pay for travel, and Monday to Sunday capping ensures customers will pay the best value fare for their contactless travel.

Pippa Dunn, Chief Consumer Marketing Officer, EE said: "The TfL network carries more than 30 million journeys around the capital every day, and contactless payments can help make these journeys easier and quicker for London's residents and businesses. This is why EE has continued to work so closely with TfL and MasterCard to bring the ease and efficiency of contactless mobile payments to London's Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services that accept Oyster.

Launched in partnership with MasterCard, the Cash on Tap application is available for free via the Google Play store and compatible with a range of Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2. EE customers can already use their phone to pay in the likes of M&S, Pret A Manger, WHSmith, McDonald's and Boots at over 300,000 locations across the country.

Rich Edmonds
  • Really wish they would add the LG G3 to the list of available phones
  • App is not compatible with HTC One M8. Speaks volumes about the quality of the experience that this app must provide...
  • I don't think availability speaks to anything about the quality of experience of an app, however I do agree that it is a huge issue that the phone support is so limited. That and the fact it's not actually in the play store, the app in the play store is just a downloader for the app hosted elsewhere. Why isn't the actual app approved and do they really expect many non-geeks/techies etc to download an install an app that requires them to trust unknown sources etc? I just want Google to launch Wallet in the UK asap; I'd use it immediately if they did!
  • If they would use NFC Host Card Emulation they wouldn't have to deal with so many device limitations. But this would take away the control of the mobile operator so their interest in such an upgrade might be low.
  • Much better to stick with contactless credit card and keep your independence from ee. I use them because they have the best coverage but their customer service and apps are appalling! Posted via Android Central App
  • Keep a good grip on your phone in the often-crowded conditions. Stow it somewhere safe afterwards too. Crowds, pickpockets, escalators...ugh. Posted via Android Central App
  • What's the advantage of using your phone to pay for stuff rather than a card? Just seems less convenient to me at the moment. Posted via Android Central App
  • If tfl thinks I am getting anything other than my oyster card out of my pocket in a crowded tube station, then they are deluded. Tfl, I am not getting my wallet or phone out!!!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • My oyster card is in my wallet like tlf claim it should be (maybe they need to rethink this with contactless payments now being accepted) I have no issues as soon as I'm past the entry point my wallet is back in my pocket and done. Would be nice for a greater support for handsets but its EE they are not the best at most things now are they Posted via Android Central App