Updated: 12/06/2013 03:04

Top up ez-link cards with your smartphone



Top up ez-link cards with your smartphone

Commuters can now top up their ez-link cards through their Android smartphones, thanks to a new app they can download for free. 

Known as My EZ-Link Mobile, the app effectively allows commuters to say goodbye to long queues just to top up their fare cards. 

EZ-Link CEO Nicholas Lee says the app underlines his company's commitment towards making Singapore a truly cashless society. 

"It gives us the opportunity to give every household in Singapore a personal top-up device, and in future a personal payment device, or even a card-refund device. And that gives a personal touch to consumers, and it allows them more flexibility, control and convenience." 

The top-up process is entirely cashless deducting payments from a user-authorised credit or debit card. 

The app is currently compatible with selected smartphones that support Near Field Communication technology, a type of very short-range wireless network. 

These are the Android phones that currently support My EZ-Link Mobile: 

Samsung: Galaxy Ace 3 with LTE, Galaxy Express, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III with LTE, Galaxy Note II with LTE, Galaxy S4 wth LTE
Sony: Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z
LG: G2, Optimus G Pro

There's a 30 cents fee for each top up transaction. 

But this will be waived for a promotional period of six months for MasterCard cardholders. 

Mr Lee says the fee is needed to defray some operating costs. 

"But in the longer term, our view is that it has to make sense to the consumers. And you can rest assured that we will continue to work with our partners, to continue to lower the cost, right down to as minimal as possible, and hopefully some day it will be free." 

Mr Lee says the app stores its user's credit-card information, but he gives the assurance that the data is protected with "the same security best practices used by the payment-card industry". 

He adds that My EZ-Link Mobile requires users to go through a quick verification process before each top-up transaction. 

The app also does not allow the same credit or debit card to be used for more than five top-ups a day.

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