Coffee Chain Tim Hortons Launches NFC Payments Service
North American coffee chain Tim Hortons has launched an NFC mobile payments service using Host Card Emulation (HCE) at 3,500 locations in Canada and 800 in the US. It is currently available to customers with BlackBerry 10 smartphones and support for Android phones will be added in January 2014.
To use the new Quickpay service, customers link their existing prepaid Tim Card to their TimmyMe mobile app. They can then use NFC to tap and pay at standard contactless terminals, regardless of their network operator.
“The current offering is unique to BlackBerry 10 — including the Blackberry Q5, Blackberry Q10, Blackberry Z10 and BlackBerry Z30 smartphones. However, we are working towards an Android 4.4 KitKat launch slated for January.” said Tim Hortons.
“We chose NFC because of the speed and convenience along with leveraging our existing infrastructure to deploy this mobile payment application,” Tim Hortons said, “This gave us complete control over the deployment of the system and further opportunity to grow our best-in-class customer experience.”