My EZ-Link Mobile is the first mobile application in the world to provide top up services to a physical stored value card using NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.
The My EZ-Link Mobile app can only be downloaded from the Google Play store and will only work with compatible NFC-enabled Android phones. iOS devices are not supported. Supported phones include:
– Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 with LTE
– Samsung Galaxy Express
– Samsung S III
– Samsung Galaxy Note II with LTE
– Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE
– Sony Xperia Z Ultra
– Sony Xperia Z
– LG G2
– LG Optimus G
Convenience fees: $0.30 per transaction
(Waived from 5 Dec 2013 to 31 May 2014 for MasterCard holders)
Payment method: VISA and Mastercard credit/debit cards
Where to download app? Google Play store
Official launch date: 5 Dec 2013
Singaporeans can now top up their EZ-Link cards with NFC-equipped smartphones
by Aloysius Low | 5 December 2013
One last thing, the app warns you that you shouldn’t use it if you are in the middle of a bus trip. That’s because when you first tap the card on boarding the bus, the full fare is deducted from your card first, and the remainder (minus the fare) is refunded to you after you tap again when exiting. Topping up the card causes a reset of the transaction, which means no payback for your current trip.
While it sounds interesting, I do question the usefulness of this service. For one, it’s a much easier implementation to make your handset work as the EZ-Link card instead, and a spokesperson for EZ-Link I spoke to said this was possible, but you’ll need a NFC-enabled SIM card from the telcos.
EZ-Link also already offers an EZ-Reload service, which tags your credit card to your EZ-Link card, and automatically refills the card with a preset amount once you run out of credit. The transaction is seamless and not as troublesome as using the app. It’s also cheaper — just S$0.25 per transfer.