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    Archive for May 2010

    Telefónica Movistar, La Caixa and Visa begin pre-commercial NFC pilot in Spanish resort of Sitges

    May 28th, 2010

    1,500 customers of Telefónica and La Caixa have been issued with Samsung S5230 NFC phones which they can use to make debit and credit card payments in taxis, sports centres, at market stalls and in retail stores. More

    Oi Paggo to run NFC field trial in Brazil using Gemalto NFC add-on

    Oi Paggo to run NFC field trial in Brazil using Gemalto NFC add-on

    May 28th, 2010

    Oi Paggo, the SMS-based mobile payments service owned by Brazilian mobile network operator Oi, is to run an NFC field trial using Gemalto’s Upteq N-Flex device later this year. The trial will focus on retail… More

    Telefónica O2 launches its first commercial NFC service — and sets out strategy for future deployments

    May 27th, 2010

    The mobile network operator is starting small with a limited rollout in the Czech city of Pilsen but a business strategy is now in place and commercial launches in the UK and Spain could be next. More

    Up to five more French cities to launch NFC services within a year

    May 26th, 2010

    Following the successful launch of the Cityzi NFC service in Nice, a further “three to five” cities are to receive funding from the French government as the country gears up for the introduction of a nationwide commercial NFC service. More

    Lack of handsets delays launch of commercial NFC services in Dubai

    May 26th, 2010

    Mobile network operators Du and Etisalat have had to put back their planned NFC commercial launches due to a lack of NFC phones, the operators have told Emirates Business 24|7. More

    Turkey, France and China move towards NFC adoption

    May 18th, 2010

    OPINION: News from Turkey, France and China this week indicates that the NFC market is now beginning to gather pace around the world, as both mobile network operators and banks in more and more countries commit to working together to make near field communication based services a reality. More

    DeviceFidelity confirms availability of Visa-enabled iPhone device

    May 17th, 2010

    The NFC-on-MicroSD supplier has announced that a protective case designed to add near field communication functionality to the iPhone is now available. More

    Garanti Bank and Avea to launch commercial NFC service in Turkey in July

    May 14th, 2010

    The bank and the mobile operator plan to issue 100,000 customers with an NFC SIM+antenna solution that will allow them to make payments with their mobile phones at more than 15,000 retailers in Turkey this year. More

    NFC city pilot to go live in Nice on 21 May under ‘Cityzi’ banner

    May 14th, 2010

    France’s mobile network operators and banks, along with Visa and MasterCard, the local transport operator, the city council and others will take part in Europe’s first pre-commercial NFC pilot — which will be identified by the new Cityzi brand. More

    Bankers’ Bank of the West to offer Bling Nation’s payments service to its 330 member banks

    Bankers’ Bank of the West to offer Bling Nation’s payments service to its 330 member banks

    May 13th, 2010

    Bling Nation has signed a deal with Bankers’ Bank of the West, a provider of correspondent services to more than 330 community banks in the Rocky Mountain and western states of the USA. The deal… More

    Chinese banks and mobile operators to create single, open platform for NFC and mobile payments services

    May 12th, 2010

    Eighteen Chinese banks, card association China UnionPay, China Telecom, China Unicom and a range of handset manufacturers and industry suppliers have formed an alliance in a bid to create standards and a business model for the introduction of a single, open platform that can be used by businesses throughout China to offer NFC and mobile payments services. More

    Turkcell also planning to launch NFC in Turkey by end of 2010

    Turkcell also planning to launch NFC in Turkey by end of 2010

    May 12th, 2010

    Following on from the news that Garanti Bank and Avea look to be planning a commercial NFC launch in July this year, Turkish publication Hurriyet reports that mobile network operator Turkcell also plans to introduce… More

    Commercial NFC service to launch in Turkey in July?

    Commercial NFC service to launch in Turkey in July?

    May 12th, 2010

    The Turkish media is reporting that Garanti Bank and mobile network operator Avea are to launch what appears to be a mass market commercial NFC service in July. The service will enable Turkish consumers to… More

    Video footage of Visa’s NFC iPhone device now available

    Video footage of Visa’s NFC iPhone device now available

    May 6th, 2010

    The video footage described in the press release NFC World spotted on Tuesday, announcing that Visa is to test an NFC-enabled protective case for the iPhone, is now live on the PR Newswire website. The… More

    MasterCard, DBS Bank, StarHub and EZ-Link to test Gemalto NFC add-on in Singapore

    May 5th, 2010

    Gemalto’s new Upteq N-Flex enables near field communication functionality to be added to a wide range of mobile phones and is the first NFC add-on to conform to the Single Wire Protocol. More

    Breaking: Visa to bring NFC mobile payments to the iPhone

    Breaking: Visa to bring NFC mobile payments to the iPhone

    May 4th, 2010

    A joint press release from Visa and DeviceFidelity has appeared on the MarketWatch website which reveals that the two companies have developed a protective case for the iPhone that will enable users “to make payments… More

    Inside Contactless to acquire Atmel’s secure microcontroller business

    Inside Contactless to acquire Atmel’s secure microcontroller business

    May 4th, 2010

    Inside Contactless has agreed to acquire Atmel‘s Secure Microcontroller Solutions (SMS) business, based in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, UK. The financing for the purchase is being provided by Inside’s existing investors, led by Gimv… More