The Netherlands' experiment with letting customers pay for public transit with their smartphones, instead of the public transit card, did not have a great start. Since it launched in May only 4,702 people used the 'OV chip mobiel' app, and used it an average of five or less times, AD reports.
Vodafone and KPN customers can now use their Android phones to pay for public transport in the Netherlands. This new way of payment was launched across the Netherlands on Monday, after years of cooperation between public transit companies, KPN, Vodafone and the public transport card maker Translink, NU.nl reports.
Translink, the company behind the Netherlands' public transit card, made a massive 55 million euros in profits over the past five years, newspaper AD reports. According to the newspaper, consumer organizations are absolutely shocked by this revelation as it was always said that the card only covers costs.
Translink, the company behind the public transport smart cards, has millions of euros left over from people who do not reclaim the balance on their expired anonymous cards. The cards expire after 5 years