I'm sick and tired of NFC, to be honest. For all the talk, the publicity, the PR, the hype and everything else, there are too many competing systems and not enough people actually using any of them. Still.
What we need is for something like PayPal to hit the high street – you know, something most of us already know and use? Well, wouldyoubelieveit, it just has! If you do your shopping at Coast, Oasis or Warehouse, that is.
The high street fashion outlets have been chosen to kick off the PayPal mobile payment system's UK rollout, this after similar trials of pay-by-PayPal real-world shopping have been taking place in the US over recent months.
To use the system, shoppers need to download the companion InStore app for iOS and Android, which will enable you to display your very own barcode on your mobile device's screen, which is then scanned at paypoints in the shops in question to pay via your PayPal account.
You don't need NFC capabilities, or even a mobile web connection, to use it – though it's obviously tough luck at this stage if you're not an Android or iOS user. Or want to buy clothes from anyone other than Coast, Oasis and Warehouse.
If that's not a hassle, however, you'll find a total of 230 outlets willing to take your PayPal cash starting today.