German carrier E-Plus is to launch a mobile wallet in Spring 2014, enabling customers to make payments with an NFC phone as well as collect and redeem loyalty points and discount vouchers using QR codes.
The platform is designed to be open to a range of card issuers and will launch with a Maestro debit card issued by Wirecard Bank, a subsidiary of technology provider Wirecard. "The Maestro card is available to the user immediately after the registration on the handset and enables him to see his transactions in real time," E-Plus says.
Customers will be able to make payments at any of the 30,000 contactless terminals in Germany and the app will show customers nearby locations that accept NFC payments as well as merchants providing special offers. Location-based couponing services from both Gettings and Acardo Group are to be incorporated in the service.