NFC mobile payments enabled through smartphone case

The bPay compatible product has been designed to make this service available to a larger number of devices.

Case Station, a manufacturer of smartphone cases, has now created a product that enables NFC mobile payments. This product has integrated with the bPay contactless payments from Barclaycard. The goal is to make it possible for people whose smartphones are not equipped with near field communication to use the technology.

NFC mobile purchases can be done with a quick tap of a smartphone at contactless checkout terminals.

Though a large number of companies have offered NFC mobile payments transaction options, the number of smartphone users who have the technology for these services are in the minority. After all, without an NFC technology chip, the device simply isn’t compatible.

NFC Mobile Payments - Smartphone CaseA statement from Barclaycard explained that “All the Case Station cases have been created to discreetly hold a small bPay contactless chip, which will allow users to make touch and go payments for £30 and under (US$39.73) easily and quickly without fumbling for cash or entering a PIN wherever they see the contactless symbol.”

With the NFC mobile payments compatible case, even a phone without the tech can be made compatible.

The payment giant went on to say that the Android and iOS apps for the mobile payments service will not only allow transactions to be completed but also tracked. The bPay chip is connected to a mobile wallet which can be used by consumers with Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards registered in the United Kingdom.

In this way, consumers can add funds to their mobile wallets by way of the app or online via the bPay website. They can also take advantage of an automatic top-up function which will add funds to the mobile wallet whenever that balance drops below a chosen level.

The Case Station product is technically a smartphone protector case. They are compatible with smartphone models from the LG, Samsung Galaxy and iPhone lines. They also contain the NFC mobile payments chip necessary to use near field communication transactions. They are being sold in a range of different color and pattern options to make them attractive as well as functional.

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