Turkish mobile network operator Turkcell has signed up a third bank for its Cep-T Cüzdan NFC payments service.
Turkcell launched the service in conjunction with Yapi Kredi Bank in May 2011, and later added Garanti Bank. Now, Akbank has also agreed to join the service, allowing Turkcell customers with an Akbank Axess credit card to sign up to make payments with their mobile phone.
“We closely monitor and adopt technological changes that facilitate our customers’ lives,” says Akbank’s Mehmet Sindel. “Mobile phones have now become such a necessity that they top our ‘must have gadgets’ list. In this sense, mobile operators, their sales channels, and services are also vital in the communications arena.
“By integrating mobile payment transactions to mobile phones via Turkcell, we will provide our card holders with the advantage of securely using this technology. We thereby add further convenience to their lives.”