The Beijing branch of mobile network operator China Unicom has launched an NFC service in conjunction with Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co (BMAC).
BMAC operates the Yikatong card, a contactless stored value card which can be used to make payments on Beijing’s buses, subway system, in taxis and in retail stores.
The new ‘All-in-One Mobile Card’ being introduced by China Unicom and BMAC uses Watchdata’s SIMpass technology. This comes in two options: A SIM+antenna solution that can be retrofitted to existing handsets and two mobile phone models which come with the antenna built-in.
According to China Payments News:
Users are also able to check their balance and payment transaction history via the STK menu, text message or the hotline provided by China Unicom. They can top-up the BMAC account via cash at BMAC’s kiosks or over the air. In near future, top-up via bank card or loyalty points will be available as well.
China Unicom Beijing branch has one million mobile phone users. There are 30 million BMAC cards in circulation now.