Despite having been nearly defrauded of £3,250 after losing his contactless bank debit card, tech fan Norman Whitchurch remains a convert to the system. He has calculated that last year when legitimately paying for goods and services this year, he saved upwards of 45.3 seconds.
Whitchurch told the BBC’s Click: ‘It’s so much easier than the old way of having to take almost half a second to enter a mind-boggling and difficult-to-remember four-digit PIN. OK, so if you lose your card and it’s found by a dishonest person, they can rack up lots of unchallenged sub-£30 quid charges on your account leading to the nightmare of an arduous fraud investigation, but if you don’t then think of what you can accomplish with all that time you’ve saved. It’s just amazing! I used some of mine having a glass of water last night.’