Parking in large cities is difficult at best, but with increasing prices for parking meters it makes it increasingly difficult for those of us who suffer through have to stuff money into parking meters. Paying rates of $2.00 per hour as an example, it takes a lot of quarters to get 2 or 3 hours of paid parking in a meter. Carrying around that many quarters is not something that I like to do. In SF, there are cards you can purchase to pay for your parking, but they only work in San Francisco. The big news is that there are mobile apps which allow you to pay for your parking with your phone.
PayByPhone provides you with an alternative method to pay by phone. And this is not just available in a single city. In our area, it works in San Francisco and Oakland. It is quite simple. For parking meters which support the PayByPhone app which will use your credit card information which you have already registered with. You have to enter the meter number and the length of time you plan to park at the meter. Once you approve it, you are done and can go about your planned activities.
And with the increasing number of smart phones with NFC hardware, we expect to see that become the primary method of entering the parking meter number to start the payment process. One of the really great features of the PayByPhone app is that it will warn you when the time is growing close to expiring on the meter. You do not have to go back to the meter. You just have to add more time to the meter from where you currently are. No need to run to the meter to pump more money into it.
The PayByPhone app works in a long list of cities in the US and multiple colleges as well. The list also contains a decent number of cities in Canada and you can find them in Europe as well. The app is available for both iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices providing for a very large audience for their app. You will need to create a logon along with setting up payment methods in preparation for using this PayByPhone apps.
This is the future for paying for parking meters and will continue to expand in cities. We can also hope that it expands to parking garages and lots to simplify things even more.