New Zealand Takes Big Step On Road To Ubiquitous Smartphone Payments

One of the biggest issues holding back the adoption of contactless payments in general, and smart phone payments in particular is the all too common contactless deprived retailer, whose failure to adopt new technology leaves you with just two options: go back to your old ways and insert your payment card; or abandon your purchase and walk away.

This problem might be about to go away, for Kiwis at least. Paymark, operator of the kiwi EFTPOS network, will require all retailers to support contactless payments by April. Currently most large retailers have support, but smaller businesses either haven't upgraded to contactless machines or have disabled the feature.

With this change enforced we will finally be able to leave our cards at home and be confident that our phones can pay for everything.


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