Navigo pass and metro tickets arrive on (some) smartphones in September July 15, 2020 – Posted in: Smartphone news

Navigo pass and metro tickets arrive on (some) smartphones in September

After a first experiment launched in the fall of 2018 with 3,500 testers, the dematerialized transport ticket will be generalized in Parisian transport, and this from September 2019. But for all that, it will not be accessible to all world at launch.

The news was announced by Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France Region, at the Vivatech show in Paris. If we can read in the press release that followed that “owners of a compatible smartphone will be able to buy and use Ile-de-France transport tickets regardless of their telephone operator “, however, the document only cites compatible smartphones as Samsung.

Most other Android devices, as well as recent iPhones, do have an NFC chip, a mandatory prerequisite for dematerialized tickets to work at the terminals (it is a little more complicated, however, in the case of Apple which locks access to its chip) but a partnership has been established with Samsung and the owners of recent Galaxy will therefore be the only ones, at first, to be able to take advantage of it. They will even see the service “included by default in the Samsung Pay solution by the end of the year”. Here is the list of compatible models for now:

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
  • Galaxy A8
  • Galaxy S7 / S7 edge
  • Galaxy S8 / S8 +
  • Galaxy S9 / S9 +
  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Galaxy Note 9
  • Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus

The objective is ultimately to remove all magnetic tickets and subscription cards, but this should be done gradually. Three transport tickets will be offered online from September: Navigo month / Navigo week, and conventional metro tickets.