FireID Payments, a South Africa-based startup, has introduced a Bluetooth payment option into its mobile payment app, SnapScan.

The latest mod on the app uses the “beacon” technology, hence, instead of a customer scanning a “SnapCode” to pay, they simply click “pay here” in the app to initiate the transaction.

To use the application, consumers have to download it from Google Play, App Store or App World and add their credit card details by taking a picture of their card and creating a PIN.

“Payment information sits securely in the app. So, your card details only have to be put into the app once and thereafter all you have to do is enter your Pin. This means we never transmit your card details to the merchant”, says FireID co-founder Kobus Ehlers.

The application is supported on the iPhone 4s or later  and Android phones running version 4.3 or later.

Ehler added that “SnapScan works with debit/credit cards, and there are no sign-up, setup or installation fees. There is also no monthly fee payable”.

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