The Ministry of Transportation released an app that allows users to charge their SUBE card instantly from their phone. Just place your SUBE on the back of your phone, select how much money you want to add and voila! In Buenos Aires, these cards are needed to travel on trains, buses and subways — an essential tool in getting around the city.
The app is currently in its beta version, and will only be available for 10,000 downloads, so they can work out the kinks before opening up to the public. The only stipulation is that the phone used needs to have Near-field Communication, which allows devices to communicate with each other within a four centimeter radius. However, this is not much of a problem, as most phones nowadays have this capability (you can check if your phone does here.)
In August, the ministry introduced a similar app to charge SUBE cards, however it required an AR $880 sensor that plugs into the phone in order to connect with the card. Also, it is possible to add money to a SUBE card through apps such as Mercadopago, Todo Pago, Pago Mis Cuentas and Link Pagos, however you then have to validate the payment at an official kiosk before being able to use it. With the new app, users will be able to bypass this hassle and charge up instantly from wherever they are.