NYC cabs get Sprint mobile payment service

Sprint Nextel has started outfitting New York City cabs with real-time payment systems for credit cards, using its data services through its EVDO Rev. A network and Sprint Data Link.

The operation, done in partnership with VeriFone's U.S.-based taxi business, VeriFone Transportation Systems (VTS), has put the technology in 6,600 of New York's famous yellow taxis so far and allows users, through a 10.4 inch touch screen, to swipe their credit card or use a "tap and go" contactless system. It also features Reuter's Business news and GPS system to allow users to find items they left in the cab. The plan is to roll out the system to Chicago, Las Vegas and Philadelphia, in a bid for Sprint to find a new niche as it struggles for market share with Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobile and T-Mobile USA.

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