Feeds

Pay-by-mobe app spells doom for impulse buyers

So many ways to instantly pay, so little money

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Simply Tap, the Dunstone-backed mobile payments system, is now live in the UK, allowing shoppers to buy a phone using their, er, phone in Carphone Warehouse stores.

Simply Tap was announced back in March and is now available for iOS and Android platforms. The service takes your credit card details and then uses them to pay for things when you enter the special code on the product label, though why that's easier than passing one's card to a shop assistant isn't clear – however it's a smartphone app so it must be cool.

Apparently you can use Simply Tap to "buy in seconds when you see something you like in-store", 'cos we all know how irritating it is having to interact with the shopkeeper in any way. You can also use it to buy stuff seen on posters or websites – by typing in the product code – so it's very like Amazon's mobile app in that way.

When it was unveiled, there was talk of using QR Codes, but those seem to have vanished and been replaced with alphanumeric strings one has to enter to identify the desired product. Once the product's code is tapped in, one just enters the three-digit security code from one's credit card and the goods are dispatched.

This is assuming those goods come from Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy Europe, Thorntons, Goldsmiths, thehut.com, Pretty Green or moreTvicar.com; if you're buying from their websites then for most of them you'll have to register with the site anyway, so there's no great advantage in using Simply Tap (and at a glance integration is still some way off).

So in person it's easier to hand over a card, while online one has to fill in forms either way, but it is possible to imagine seeing a Simply Tap code on a poster and deciding to make a purchase. In that instance it would probably be the quickest way to buy, so if you think that's something you're likely to do then the app is in the usual stores and comes with £10 cash back the first time it's used. See below for a video about the service. ®

Simply Tap & Buy from Simply Tap on Vimeo.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really
Windows NEIN skipped, tech preview due out on Wednesday
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'
Plus: 'Pretty sure iOS 8.0.2 will just turn the iPhone into a fax machine'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.