Use Your NFC-Enabled Handphone to Read EZ-Link Cards!

I just got a brand new handphone! It’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 2! (I’ll probably write something soon about the experience of switching from an iPhone to an Android phone)

One of the coolest things about the Note 2 is that it is equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is pretty cool – it allows you to transfer data to another NFC device by tapping it with your phone (it’s wireless, but for security reasons, you need to put it in close proximity for data to be transmitted).

With NFC, you can use your phone to pay for things! You know how you can use your EZ-link card (a tap-and-go payment card) to pay for things? Yeah! You can do that with your phone too! Well, I don’t have the necessary SIM card to do it (you’ll need an NFC-enabled SIM card). But I will get one soon!

Anyway, it turns out that some people have found other uses for NFC. Did you know that you can use the NFC function in the Galaxy Note 2 to read the contents of your EZ-link card! (You could use your Samsung Galaxy S3 to do this, but I’ve read a lot of complaints about it’s inability to do a good job)

The app is known as “FareBot” and you can get it from the Google Play Store.

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Here’s what the app tells me once I have scanned my EZ-link card with my handphone!

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The app even allows you to check your EZ-link expenditure log (it’s all stored in the card)!

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Wow… This is pretty useful when you want to keep a log of your travelling expenses!