Payments by smartphone will be possible by the end of this summer
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    Payments by smartphone will be possible by the end of this summer

    A QR code scanner at the cash checkout, a pin code typing on the smartphone, and it’s paid! In a few months it will be possible to pay via smartphone in most department stores, wrote on Thursday (28 April) the Gazet van Antwerpen and Belang van Limburg.

    Colruyt is the first chain that already offers this possibility. Since the beginning of the year, customers at Colruyt, Okay and Dreamland can pay with their smartphone.

    Atos Worldline, which processes electronic transactions in Belgium, is also testing the new mobile payment solution SmartPay in other stores and hopes to extend it to the entire market during the second half of this year.

    “We are negotiating with all major retailers,” says Atos Worldline. The technology is not intended to replace the credit card payments but to offer a complementary solution, says the company.

    A QR (Quick Response) code consists of black modules arranged in a square grid on a white background which can be read by an imaging device such as a scanner.

    The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)