Sucked in, iPhone users. From March 2019, Android users can use their phones to touch on and off on Victorian public transport.
This new technology uses Google Pay on the Android operating system. It means that Android users won’t need to carry a separate Myki card and will be able to top up anytime via an app on your phone when funds run low.
Users can tap their phones on the existing Myki gates and readers on Melbourne’s trams, buses and at train stations. You’ll still be able to travel with your existing full fare, concession, child or senior Myki and use both Myki Money and Myki Pass.
The news comes after a seven-month trial period of the new technology. The Victorian government has said that discussions are still ongoing to make mobile Myki available on other smartphone platforms (but considering Apple’s track record… this could take a while).
Android users will be able to start touching on from 7am on Thursday, March 28, 2019. To get your phone ready to use, head to PTV’s website. The existing physical Myki cards will remain in use.