You can now tap on at Opal terminals without unlocking your phone


NSW commuters will be among the first in the world to use their Samsung smartphone to pay for train rides.

With Samsung Pay, those catching a train will be able to “tap on” at the Opal terminal without even unlocking their phones.

For those with a compatible Samsung device, the feature will work on Sydney trains, the light rail, Sydney Ferries services and NSW TrainLink Intercity rail services where the Opal terminal accepts credit or debit cards.

Australians will be among the first in the world to use the feature, with the update being developed specifically for the Opal system in NSW. The capability is currently rolling out to users, the company says.

You will be able to tap on at the terminal even if you are on a phone call or listening to music.

However, users will not receive the off-peak discounts rates on their fare when using Samsung Pay. Instead, all trips are priced at the standard, or peak, adult fare rate.

“If you consistently use the same contactless card or linked device to tap on and tap off, you may qualify for Opal daily, weekly and Sunday fare caps. but no other Opal benefits apply,” the Transport for NSW website explains.

If you’re travelling at off-peak times and want the discount rate, it’s still better to use an Opal card.

If you’re travelling at off-peak times and want the discount rate, it’s still better to use an Opal card.Source:Supplied

Ever since Transport for NSW introduced contactless card payments allowing people to tap credit cards in lieu of an Opal card, Samsung has been waiting in the wings to integrate its payment technology with the state’s commuting infrastructure.

Samsung confirmed to that it was in talks with transport networks in other parts of the country to integrate the feature but was unable to provide specific details.

Mark Hodgson, head of Samsung Pay in Australia, said it was part of the company’s mission to expand the convenience of its digital wallet and usher in a “walletless future”.

“We worked with Transport for NSW to build a solution that is designed to offer a seamless experience for people choosing to use Samsung Pay when commuting across the NSW Opal network,” he said in a statement.

“We pride ourselves on working with organisations to help create convenient solutions for customers, and we are constantly on the lookout for new opportunities to make this happen.”

Samsung Pay, a competitor to Apple Pay and Google Pay, first launched in Australia in June 2016 and has been able to beat out rivals with its relationships with banks, giving users greater access.

Samsung Pay uses near-field communication technology to process payments at tap-to-pay terminals just like other contactless payments.

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