Feeds

Itsy-bitsy Wi-Fi brings pay-by-bonk to all

We don't need no stinkin' NFC

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

Desperate to pay-by-bonk but bored of waiting for the hardware? Then Podifi can help by providing a tiny Wi-Fi access point which turns any smartphone into a bonking wallet.

Podifi comes from 2ergo, which has spent the last couple of years trying to flog the tech as being ideal for vouchers and loyalty schemes. The payment system was announced last year but is now commercially available for those desperate to get pay-by-bonk working while we all wait for Near Field Communications to get its act together.

The technology is elegant, though the company is surprisingly tight-lipped about how it works - providing no details on its site or documentation. In fact the device - which looks like a white hockey puck and which the merchant plugs into the till, is a very-low-power Wi-Fi access point. Once the Podifi app is installed the customer waves a phone near the puck to process payments, use vouchers, and so forth.

It's not quite as good NFC, connections are slower and it lacks the secure element central to the NFC ecosystem, but it's still a nice solution for those people who are so desperate for pay-by-bonk they're not prepared to wait for NFC hardware.

Assuming such people exist.

The public will eventually adopt NFC payments, just because they'll be relentlessly pushed in that direction until they get used to the idea, but few people are actively seeking some bonking action, and those who are can buy NFC equipment off the shelf so the time for stop-gap technology is past.

Podifi will work with an iPhone, which counts in its favour, but everyone other than Apple is busy embracing an NFC ecosystem with enough technical prowess, and (more importantly) marketing money behind it to eradicate Podifi - along with Alipay's squeaking system, and PayPal's BumpPay, and the various barcode based systems which proliferate every now and then. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.