Like many others, I saw the news about Visa’s future of payments showcase at the London 2012 Olympics. After reading the news, I was eager to try out the limited edition Samsung GALAXY S III with an an Olympic-branded version of Visa’s mobile payment application, Visa payWave.
So with promises that I would return the device in perfect condition and not completely delete the funds in the account, I headed out to make my first contactless payment in London at the nearest Pret a Manger, the quick fresh-eats stores that seem to be on every corer of the city. Since these devices are only being trialed by a select group of people in London, the cashier was as interested in seeing the device as I was to try it out.
After ordering a mocha and a muffin, I simply opened the application on the phone, selected “make a payment” and the transaction was complete in no-time flat. The cashier was excited to see the payment work smoothly (as were the people behind me in line, I’m sure).
I think it’s time to test it out again at other locations around town, including Lettuce and Cafe Nero. Or maybe I’m just craving more caffeine….
Posted by: Lucas Mast, Visa Corporate Relations on August 1, 2012 at 6:33 am