QR codes, remember them? The ska-inspired two-tone squares, scanned by a phone's camera, each sending you off to a different website or app? They were sometimes put on people's arses for ill-conceived promotional purposes. Well, Vodafone's dusting them off, using the system as a new way to let its customers top up Pay-As-You-Go credit.
Partnering with QR payments firm PowaTag for a UK trial run, Vodafone will be popping top-up QR codes on posters in Vodafone stores, Argos, Co-op, Tesco and Brighthouse (with Sainsbury's, Asda and Wilko following next month) as well as other promotional materials. Hunt down one of the tags, scan it using the PowaTag app for Android or iOS linked to your payment method of choice, select the top-up amount and you're sorted.
Which sounds far more complicated than just visiting the Vodafone website or app. But, you know; choices, innit? [Vodafone]