British financial institutions, RBS and NatWest, have begun a contactless payments pilot, according to reports. The trial will give iPhone 4 and 4S customers an NFC cover called TouchPay, enabling them to make payments at Visa PayWave terminals. Users of TouchPay will be able to make payments of GBP20 or less at outlets that have contactless payment systems enabled, such as Burger King, Superdrug and Caffè Nero.
“TouchPay has proven incredibly popular and shows that our customers want more flexible and convenient ways to pay,” said Ben Green, head, mobile, RBS. “Delivered alongside our updated mobile apps, the TouchPay service means that our customers need only carry their smartphone with them to make payments and manage their finances wherever they are.”