SUBWAY to use mobile payments

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Doctor’s Associates, the parent company of SUBWAY, the largest single-brand restaurant chain in the world, and Think Computer Corporation have announced that FaceCash will now be accepted at certain SUBWAY locations in California. FaceCash is a mobile payment system that allows consumers to use their phones to make purchases at POS.

When signing up at facecash.com, consumers pre-fund their FaceCash accounts by transferring money from traditional checking or savings accounts. They can then debit their FaceCash balance by making purchases at participating merchant stores. The FaceCash platform gives users unprecedented access to purchase information, and also facilitates free funds transfers between consumers. The free FaceCash application, which also consolidates consumer loyalty program cards, is now available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry phones. Other phones can also access FaceCash through a mobile web browser.

With a flat rate of 1.5% per transaction, merchants utilizing FaceCash achieve savings of 50% or more relative to traditional credit and debit card processing fees. There are no monthly fees or other hidden fees. In order to use FaceCash, merchants simply need a computer (with internet access) and an optional barcode scanner, which are available from Think at a discount.

FaceCash gets its name from its unique security process. During a purchase, the consumer’s face appears on the merchant’s register to verify identity. The first time a buyer makes a purchase using FaceCash, the merchant matches the photograph provided during the sign up process to the consumer’s driver’s license or passport. A number of other security measures are built in.