Poste Italiane has announced plans for a comprehensive NFC payments service, which will begin rolling out in the city of Milan in December 2012.
The post office's new service includes a number of different elements:
- Customers of Poste Italiane's PosteMobile mobile phone service and its BancoPosta bank account service will be able to use NFC phones to make payments in stores and at post offices.
- Post office counters will be equipped to handle contactless payments.
- Postal delivery workers will be issued with handheld devices that can be used to accept contactless payments, for both postal charges and a variety of financial services.
Poste Italiane says it is also working with the Italian government to add a range of government services to the NFC platform, including electronic ID applications such as identity cards, health cards and driving licenses.