Welwyn Garden City, 30 August 2011 - PayByPhone today announces a new smartphone app for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android phones which could spell the end of digging around for the right parking change. The free PayByPhone app lets motorists parking their cars in PayByPhone-enabled public parking areas pay via their phones and find their way back to their car when it's time to go home.

After completing a once-only simple registration taking less than a minute, motorists simply enter the location number, choose how much time they need, and PayByPhone handles the rest. The app shows where the car is parked on a Google map and users can receive text reminders before their parking expires*. The app can be used anywhere PayByPhone is the official parking provider - including the City of Westminster, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, York, and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Islington and Tower Hamlets. The app can also be used at PayByPhone-enabled locations worldwide such as Miami and San Francisco in the US, and Vancouver in Canada.

"Having to scratch around for the right change is a common motorists' complaint, and it can be really hard to find your car if you're parked in unfamiliar surroundings," says Robin Bevan, PayByPhone's commercial CEO. "Our new app helps people pay for as long as they need, extend their parking time, avoid parking tickets and track down their car."

Cost effective parking management for local authorities

The app is a further step towards PayByPhone's vision of cost effective and innovative parking solutions that are designed to help local authority officials realise the financial benefits of phone parking. Making paying for parking easy and accessible to all motorists enables local authorities to reduce the need to maintain expensive parking equipment, thereby significantly reducing costs.

Bevan continues: "Intelligent parking is at the heart of our strategy to offer parking providers the smartest and most cost effective payment solutions. Our aim is to make parking easy and convenient for motorists, while making sure that operators - whether in the public or private sectors - can minimise operating costs, maximise financial gains, and gather detailed intelligence which can inform a range of policy decisions. The new smartphone apps are the most recent proof of our commitment to continuous innovation and customer service."

PayByPhone, formerly known as Verrus, supports an extensive range of payment methods for the widest possible range of phones, from simple touch tone services, to SMS, online payments and mobile web pages. It has now extended these options with the new mobile apps. All options come with the ability to receive SMS reminders, email receipts and online parking statements.

Motorists must complete a once-only registration process to supply vehicle and card details for payments. The PayByPhone app is available free of charge from the iPhone App Store, the BlackBerry App World and the Android Market.

SMS reminders can be charged for in some locations.

Katie Buckett / Karla Winch
020 7592 1200

About PayByPhone
PayByPhone is a leading international provider of services to parking authorities allowing consumers to use their mobile phones to pay for their parking by credit or debit card. It has contracts in the UK, France, Canada and the USA. PayByPhone is part of the PayPoint Group of companies

About PayPoint
PayPoint is a leading international provider of convenient payments and value added services to major consumer service organisations in the utility, housing, water, telecoms, media, financial services, transport, retail, e-commerce and public sectors.

PayPoint delivers payments and services through a uniquely strong combination of local shops, internet and mobile distribution channels and handles over £10 billion from 590 million transactions annually for more than 6,000 clients and merchants.

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