Finding PayPass Locations
Since this is relatively new technology and it is still being rolled out MasterCard has released the PayPass Locator app in the Android Market in order to help you find businesses that accept PayPass payments.
The app is very simple to use. Fire it up and you’ll be greeted by the main menu screen which offers three simple options – Near You, Near A Location and Advanced Options.
Near A Location simply allows you to select a country, address, city, postal code or airport code and the app will search that area. Advanced Options allows you to select a category filter and a business name before searching, so if you know you’re after something specific you can use it pinpoint the right location.
If you select Near You then the app will use your built-in Wi-Fi, network or GPS connectivity to establish your current location. If you don’t have at least one of these turned on then you’ll be prompted to do so. You’ll then be presented with a map of your local area with all the PayPass options marked clearly. At the top right of the screen you’ll find options to center the view on your current location, filter the results or display them in a list format.
The various businesses are divided into categories such as Apparel, Newsstands, Restaurants/Bars and Gift shops. Each category has its own clearly identifiable icon and you can filter the results for a specific category if you want to.
To have a closer look at your options simply tap on the icon for a particular business. The pop-up window will reveal the name and address of the business and show the distance from your current location. At the bottom right of the window you’ll find three options. You can send the location of the business via SMS. You’ll be prompted to enter the number if you select this option which isn’t terribly convenient because who memorizes numbers anymore? It would be handy if this linked to your contacts instead. You can also report a problem with a highlighted location such as – it doesn’t support PayPass or it is not currently working. There’s also a text field in case you want to enter some specific information. The last option is to grab directions to the location and it ties into Google Maps.