Would You Use Your Phone Or Watch To Tap In And Out?

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 28 months ago
Would You Use Your Phone Or Watch To Tap In And Out?

Apple Pay has arrived, and among other things, it lets you tap in and out of tube stations and London buses, using your iPhone or Apple Watch. Sounds nifty, but how does it work in practise?

We found ourselves a volunteer who's already using Apple Pay on both his watch and his phone, and got him to give us a demonstration.

The results were interesting: although they had their benefits, we found flaws with both devices. Watch the video to find out what they were.

Last Updated 17 July 2015

Spielo

You can avoid the Touch ID delay when you reach the gate by pre-authorising the transaction before you get there. The process is currently a little clunky:
Unlock your phone
Go to Passbook
Select the card you want to use
Hold your finger on the Touch ID sensor until "Hold Near Reader to Pay" is displayed
Approach the gate and touch your phone on the reader.

It seems this will be simplified in iOS 9 to the following process:
Double-click home button
Hold your finger on the Touch ID sensor until "Hold Near Reader to Pay" is displayed
Approach the gate and touch your phone on the reader.

If you pre-authorise the transaction, it's just as fast as using a contactless card, and although it's a bit clunk at the moment, it's still less hassle than getting a card out of your wallet.

Kee

I'm currently living in Seoul, South Korea and people here are already using their phone that has NFC in it for tube ride(actually it's subway in here)
about half of people use their mobile to get on and off to subway, buses, and also taxis around Seoul area.

Paul

Amex says it adds a 10p surcharge when I use it!

James

No no, there's a quicker way on the iPhone:

1. Double tap the home button when the phone is locked before you get to the barrier.
2. The ApplePay screen pops up.
3. Verify with TouchID
4. Your device is ready for ApplePay for one minute.
5. Tap in. It's only slightly slower that Oyster.
6. Do the same on the tap out.

Kenny

Barclays Bpay is a much easier option. Band on right hand (so easier to touch Oyster pad), and secure on wrist.

London Visitor

Will this work for international visitors who have foreign (non UK) bank cards linked to their ApplePay Account?

Pussycontrol1234

Does it cost the same as using an oyster card?
[Also it's not more secure it's as secure as an oyster card for what that's worth]