Modern-day payment solutions have made it possible for small-to-medium businesses and, more prominently, informal vendors to easily accept cards as payment. It’s also become increasingly important as an access point, considering a COVID-19 stricken world of consumers prefer using cards in lieu of cash.
Visa, the financial services company, has announced that it’s debuting a new feature that could turn a normal smartphone into a point-of-sale (POS) terminal without much hassle. It’s called “tap to phone” — a brand new digital payment service, and launches in South Africa today.
At this stage, the functionality is only available on Android devices — which makes sense in a country like South Africa where Android’s market penetration far exceeds Apple’s.
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Visa’s new digital payment service will allow vendors to easily and quickly access their digital finances and assets at the tap of a button. They’ll also have the ability to quickly and seamlessly take payments, no matter where they find themselves.
Tap-to-pay has quickly become one of the main methods of payment across a variety of industries and retail spaces. Investing in a payment terminal that accepts tap-to-pay can be an expensive and time-consuming experience. Now vendors can sign up to Visa’s tap to phone feature and manage their payments through their mobile phone.
The feature makes use of the phone’s existing near-field communication (NFC) chip that accepts any NFC-related comms from external sources. Customers will need access to an NFC-enabled payment method through their bank to use the feature. But that’s easy enough to sort out.