Singapore commuters using EZ-Link transit payment cards now have the option of adding money to those cards with a tap from a Near Field Communication-enabled smartphone.

EZ-Link Pte Ltd. says it has launched the first NFC-based application that transforms handsets into portable, personal top-up devices to enable "on-the-go loading" of EZ-Link cards.

The top-up process for My EZ-Link Mobile is entirely cashless, allowing users to pay with their credit or debit cards, with MasterCard as the preferred card, EZ-Link states in a Dec. 6 press release. MasterCard's contactless PayPass technology powers EZ-Link's payment cards.

In addition to the top-up function, the app also allows the consumer to view card balances, payment history up to the last 30 transactions and management of multiple EZ-Link cards.

Payment processing technology provider Wirecard AG is a partner in the development of My EZ-Link Mobile, EZ-Link says.

"This is an accomplishment we are proud of, as a home grown company with a strong commitment to transform Singapore into a fully cashless society," Nicholas Lee, CEO of EZ-Link, states in the release.

Because the EZ-Link cards are also an option for low-value retail payments, Singapore consumers can make cashless payments "on public transit and at more than 30,000 acceptance points including taxis, supermarkets and fast food chains island-wide," Lee says.

Food Junction, which operates food courts and restaurants throughout Singapore and China, is offering discounts to consumers who download and use My EZ-Link Mobile.

Consumers can download the free EZ-Link app at the Google Play store for use on NFC-enabled Android phones. Users pay 30 cents per loading transaction after an initial promotional period of six months of free top-ups for MasterCard cardholders, EZ-Link says.

My EZ-Link Mobile currently operates on NFC-enabled LG, Samsung and Sony handsets. EZ-Link says it plans to get more handsets certified.

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