This is a sponsored article on behalf of Go Travel.
Use a contactless payment card and an Oyster Card? Avoid getting double-charged with Go Travel's RFID Card Guard.
Contactless payment technology has arrived in London, allowing you to quickly and conveniently pay for purchases at many shops, chains, restaurants and cafes just by holding your debit or credit card against an RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) scanner.
It is also accepted on all London buses, while the tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London will be joining the scheme later this year.
It’s handy. It’s fast. But it’s not without its problems. For Londoners, one such problem is how can you avoid ‘card clash’ with your Oyster Card?
This is where two cards get recognised by the scanner at the same time, a problem the RFID Card Guard from Go Travel solves. Say, for example, you like to keep your Oyster Card and contactless debit/credit card together in your wallet. When you ‘touch in’, a few problems could occur:
- The reader doesn’t know which card you want to use, so you get a red light and can’t proceed
- The reader recognises both of your cards, and charges both
- The reader recognises only one card, but not the one you wanted to use
Reorganising the way you carry your cards is inconvenient, but there’s a simpler solution at hand. The new RFID Card Guard fits neatly over any contactless payment card and prevents an RFID scanner from picking up its data.
Lightweight and slim-line, just pop it in front of your debit/credit card and its data is instantly blocked, meaning you can ‘touch-in’ knowing only your Oyster Card will be charged. Problem solved.
With London’s buses now being cashless, the RFID Card Guard has even more use. Avoid duplicate payments, avoid unwanted charges and most of all, avoid being that berk holding up hundreds of angry commuters because you keep getting a red light on the reader. Tick, tick, tick.