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Austrian companies plan national NFC wallet standard

September 18th, 2013

A group of financial, technology and telecoms companies have formed Mobile Wallet Initiative Austria, a new organisation that aims to create an open nationwide standard for NFC mobile wallets. A commercial launch is scheduled for… More

Google confirms commitment to NFC with new Google Wallet app

September 17th, 2013

Google has released a new version of Google Wallet that will allow anyone with an Android device running version 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ or higher to store loyalty cards and offers on their mobile phone as well… More

Vivo to launch NFC in Brazil

September 17th, 2013

Mobile network operator Vivo and financial services group Bradesco are to introduce NFC payments in a number of cities in Brazil this year, ahead of a nationwide rollout in 2014. Vivo, part of the Telefonica group, has already made a deal with a TSM provider and is looking to secure partnerships with other banks, Exame reports.

Capital One exits Isis pilot

September 16th, 2013

Capital One, one of Isis’ three founder card issuers, is pulling out of the NFC venture’s pilot tests. Notification has been sent to cardholders who have been participating in the pilots and, Capital One has… More

Cityzi hits 4m phones

September 12th, 2013

More than four million mobile phone users in France now have a Cityzi compatible NFC handset, French NFC trade association AFSCM reports, an increase of 500,000 since July 2013. “With the advent of 4G, we expect a further acceleration in the rate of adoption for NFC equipment,” says CEO Thibault Dreuille.

New Zealand NFC wallet to launch in 2014

September 11th, 2013

The new CEO of TSM NZ, the NFC joint venture formed by Paymark, Telecom New Zealand, Vodafone and 2degrees in 2012, has announced that its mobile wallet will be available to the New Zealand market… More

Swisscom picks Trüb and Sequent for NFC

September 11th, 2013

Mobile network operator Swisscom is to use technology developed by Sequent Software and delivered by Trüb to enable bank card issuers and other service providers to provision cards over-the-air to subscribers’ NFC phones. Multiple phone… More

Octopus to offer NFC payments

September 10th, 2013

Hong Kong’s Octopus stored value cards will be available on NFC phones by the end of 2013, chief executive Sunny Cheung Yiu-tong has told the South China Morning Post. The company will allow customers to pay for goods up to the value of HK$1,000 (US$129) with their mobile phone — “higher than the cap of HK$500 for NFC services at HSBC and Hang Seng, the only banks that have launched such services so far.”

Sumitomo Mitsui to launch NFC payments in Japan

September 10th, 2013

Banking group Sumitomo Mitsui is to introduce an NFC payments service this month that will be available through all three Japanese mobile network operators — NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI — and will work with… More

Vodafone, BNZ and Visa to trial NFC payments in New Zealand

September 6th, 2013

Mobile network operator Vodafone is launching a pre-commercial prepaid payments trial in New Zealand, in partnership with Visa and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). The trial will make use of Samsung Galaxy S III and… More

Five more POS providers to integrate Isis SmartTap

September 5th, 2013

Five more payment terminal manufacturers and software providers have agreed to integrate Isis SmartTap NFC functionality into their range of point of sale systems. ID Tech, On Track Innovations Global, Pax Technology, Uniform Industrial Corporation… More

Vodafone and Orange to launch NFC payments in Spain

September 4th, 2013

Both Vodafone and Orange are to launch NFC payments services using prepaid cash accounts in Spain this year. Vodafone has announced that all its customers will be able to use Vodafone SmartPass to make mobile… More

G&D launches SkySIM multi application NFC SIM cards

September 3rd, 2013

Giesecke & Devrient’s SkySIM CX, an NFC SIM card that allows several NFC applications to be executed at the same time, has received EMVCo, American Express, MasterCard and Visa approval, confirming it meets their requirements… More

Chile NFC pilot to begin in Santiago

September 2nd, 2013

More details of the NFC payments pilot to be carried out by mobile network operator Movistar and banking group Banco Santander in Chile later this year have been revealed. Following an initial trial in the… More

Absa expands NFC payments trial

September 2nd, 2013

South African banking group Absa has expanded its NFC mobile payments trial to eliminate the need for microSD booster stickers and is now offering Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets to participants. The trial started in December… More

Telefonica to trial NFC mPOS device

September 2nd, 2013

Mobile network operator Telefonica is to test a mobile point-of-sale device in the Czech Republic that enables payments to be made by NFC phones and contactless cards as well as standard ‘chip and pin’ cards; a “world first” says the carrier.  More

UL supports Dutch NFC pilot

August 30th, 2013

UL Transaction Security has revealed that its advisory services (PDF) team has been assisting the partners behind the Dutch NFC payments pilot in the city of Leiden over the past year. UL has helped with strategic advice, test services and project management as well as carrying out detailed low-level performance enhancements, the company says.

Dutch banks detail mobile payments pilot plan

August 30th, 2013

The mobile payments pilot to be conducted from next month by Dutch banks ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank in collaboration with the city of Leiden, Mastercard and mobile network operator KPN is to encompass 1,000 consumers and 150 businesses, the partners have announced.  More

MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP to offer white label NFC platform in Japan

August 28th, 2013

Japanese retailers are to be able to provide shoppers with branded NFC mobile wallets, courtesy of a new white label platform to be offered jointly by MasterCard, C-Sam and DNP. The NFC white label service… More

Dutch NFC pilot gets launch date

August 23rd, 2013

A launch date of 2 September 2013 has been set for the NFC payments pilot to be run by three major banks — ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank — and mobile network operator KPN in the Dutch city of Leiden. Full project details are to be announced on 29 August.

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