Conductors on the Eurostar high-speed train service in Europe are using iZettle chip and PIN mobile card readers to accept payments from passengers seeking an upgrade in travel class.

The iZettle reader allows the conductors to accept card payments through smartphones or tablets.

Eurostar, which links the U.K., France and Belgium, offers passengers the option to switch to a higher passenger class level on the train once they board.

In 2012, Eurostar handled more than £300,000 (U.S. $488,000) worth of upgrade sales through onboard transactions, iZettle states in a Dec. 17 press release.

Eurostar has chosen iZettle's platform to help increase the speed and efficiency of its upgrade service, helping to cut down on administration time and allowing its onboard teams to serve more customers, the mobile payment company says.

"We are thrilled that an internationally respected brand such as Eurostar has chosen iZettle as its onboard payments solution," Jacob de Geer, iZettle's CEO and co-founder, states in the release.

"There is no better example I can think of as a mobile business on the go than an international high-speed train," de Geer adds.

In December, tens of thousands of passengers travel between the U.K., France and Belgium over the holiday period, with many seeking class upgrades, iZettle says.

The chip and PIN reader, in conjunction with iZettle's free app, connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet.

iZettle's reader is compatible with all major credit cards. In November, Sweden-based iZettle announced that payment processor Elavon, a unit of U.S. Bancorp, would handle its transactions throughout Europe.

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