Singapore Land Transport Authority owned EZ-Link, has just launched an app called My EZ Link, which turns your smartphone into a mobile machine that tops up the value of your EZ-link card.
The news is first reported by Singapore’s main news site Straits Times.
Established in 2001, the EZ-Link card is a contactless smart card used for the payment of public transportation fares in Singapore, with limited use in the small payments retail sector.
Here’s how the new app looks like:
What can you do with the new EZ Link mobile app? It automates payment by charging to a user-designated Visa and MasterCard debit or credit card. Users must first enter personal and payment details into the app before they can tap their EZ-Link card on the smartphone to top up.
With this, there will be no need for commuters to visit ATMs or EZ-Link machines anymore when they want to top up their EZ Link cards. The smartphone payment option adds to existing fuss-free Giro and automatic stored-value reload options tied to the POSB ATM card and most credit cards.
There’s a catch though: The app only works on smartphones that are near field communications (NFC) enabled. NFC is a wireless transmission technology that allows mobile payment. For iPhone users, this means bad news for you because all iPhones are not NFC enabled.
Wondering if your device are NFC enabled? For Android devices, these are the NFC enabled smartphone models that are compatible with My EZ-Link Mobile App:
- Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
- Samsung Galaxy Express
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE
- Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505
- Sony Xperia Z Ultra
- Sony Xperia Z
- LG G2
- LG Optimus G Pro
With My EZ-Link Mobile, you can manage up to 10 ez-link cards and perform functions like top ups, viewing of card details and viewing of card transaction history. The app charges a convenience fee of S$0.30 per top up. However, for MasterCard cardholders, the convenience fee has been waived from now until 31 May 2014 so you can enjoy topping up your ez-link cards for free!
You can download the Android app here.