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RBS and Natwest Announce iPhone NFC Trial

By Simon Thomas on 03rd October 2012

The lack of NFC support on Apple's iPhone has perplexed 3G for some time and the recently announced iPhone 5 also didn't include support for the technology. Natwest and RBS seem to disagree with Apple about the important of NFC and contact-less payment because they've announced they are trialling "TouchPay".


TouchPay enables iPhone owners to pay for items in stores using NFC thanks to a free iCarte case. The iCarte case effectively adds NFC support to the iPhone enabling it to be used to pay for items up to £20 in supported retail outlets.


In order to use the service you just need to put your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S into the case and download the TouchPay application from iTunes. However, the service is currently only at a trial stage with the pilot beginning today.


Touchpay is linked up directly to your current account from Natwest or RBS , which ensures minimal effort is needed to use the service. The maximum transaction value of £20 also ensures that any losses due to fraudulent activity are kept to a minimum.


RBS and Natwest are very confident that they'll be rolling out TouchPay to the wider public very soon. We're not sure if they have any plans to provide a similar service for iPhone 5 owners, but we would expect them to do so !

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