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Telus mobile payments coming “very soon”

March 7th, 2013

Future Telus smartphones will use Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM cards to securely store customer credentials, it was announced today. “Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM technologies comply with the most stringent global security requirements and they have… More

GSMA reports on NFC Experience at MWC

March 6th, 2013

More than 10,000 Mobile World Congress 2013 attendees tried out the NFC Experience at this year’s event. “We can probably improve a few things regarding the ergonomics,” the GSMA’s head of NFC has told NFC World, “but overall it went smoothly.” More

Samsung enters the mobile wallet market

February 27th, 2013

Samsung has unveiled its own mobile wallet app at Mobile World Congress 2013. Samsung Wallet “is a convenient mobile app which allows users to store and manage event tickets, boarding passes, membership cards and coupons… More

Think&Go demos Android NFC device for field workers

February 25th, 2013

Think&Go NFC is demonstrating a new NFC device from technology provider Famoco at Mobile World Congress 2013. The Famoco FX 100 Series is an Android-based device which can operate in all three NFC modes — tag… More

Indian film fans pay with NFC

February 25th, 2013

Fifteen PVR cinemas in India have implemented an NFC payments service that works with BlackBerry 10 phones. The PVR wallet app lets moviegoers pay for both tickets and refreshments via NFC and is provided by NEC India, which has developed a cloud-based payment system called NFC e-Money server.

AIS to pilot NFC payments and transit in Bangkok

February 25th, 2013

Thailand’s largest mobile network operator will be the first in Asia to test DragonFly, a next-generation SIM card from Oberthur that promises to provide mass transit operators with faster NFC transaction processing times. More

Identive powers NFC at MWC Connected City

February 25th, 2013

Identive’s Tagtrail NFC platform is being used in deliver information to visitors to the GSMA’s Connected City exhibit at Mobile World Congress 2013. “The Connected City will be filled with brand-new products and experiences that will… More

Kuwait buses test stickers

February 24th, 2013

Boloro Kuwait has completed a contactless payments pilot on public transit in Kuwait City. The trial, in partnership with mobile network Zain, saw customers use contactless stickers attached to their phones to pay for journeys on buses operated by Kuwait Public Transport Company (KPTC) and CityGroup. A 16 digit code links the Boloro sticker to the customer’s prepaid mobile account, and a receipt delivered by SMS confirms each transaction. “The pilot has been a success on all counts,” says the company.

Orange releases Malaga NFC ticketing trial results

February 23rd, 2013

82% of participants felt that the NFC bus ticketing system was better than the current subscription-based system and 88% felt that it was a good way to be able to pay for their journeys. More

China Mobile and China UnionPay complete NFC TSM integration

February 23rd, 2013

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, and Chinese bank card association China UnionPay have announced they have completed integration of their NFC trusted service manager (TSM) platforms. The completion of the work means that… More

TfL “not convinced” about NFC

February 19th, 2013

Transport for London (TfL), which is rolling out contactless card acceptance on London’s public transportation network and ran one of the world’s earliest NFC pilots in 2008, is “not convinced” about NFC, says Matthew Hudson, the… More

Inside Secure launches all-in-one NFC hardware package for consumer electronics devices

February 18th, 2013

ComboPulse “is a drop-in, zero-tuning solution that makes it easy and inexpensive to add NFC functionality into a broad range of mainstream consumer electronic products, including tablets, entry-level mobile phones, personal media players and other smart mobile devices,” says the NFC chip specialist.  More

MWC delegates to pay with NFC

February 18th, 2013

3,500 delegates attending this year’s Mobile World Congress will be offered a Sony NFC phone they can use to make payments across the Fira Gran Via venue, at 16,000 Barcelona merchants and in 700 taxis equipped to accept NFC payments. More

Apple Passbook gets NFC — on Android devices

February 14th, 2013

An app that allows Android devices to use ‘passes’ created for Apple’s Passbook can now beam and redeem them via NFC, giving a vision of how an NFC iPhone could streamline usage of the increasingly popular Passbook app. More

Isis releases Utah mobile payments usage stats

February 13th, 2013

Active users are now paying with Isis five or more times a week, says Jim Stapleton, the NFC payments platform’s chief sales officer. “Consumers actually only need to know about the passcode, and you kind of have a mental ‘Oh!’ right there as they realize their leather wallet does not have a passcode,” he explained. More

Caen to get NFC tickets

February 6th, 2013

Public transportation users in the French city of Caen will be able to use NFC phones to pay for their bus and tram tickets from June 2013. The new service works with the French mobile network operators’ Cityzi NFC service to allow travellers on the Twisto network to buy single tickets, packs of ten tickets and passes from their mobile phone. They then tap their phone to the contactless ticket validators on buses and trams each time they travel.

AFSCM reports 2.5m Cityzi NFC phones in France

February 5th, 2013

There are now 2.5m NFC-enabled phones that work with the French mobile network operators’ Cityzi NFC platform in circulation, up from 1m in mid-2012, reports trade association AFSCM. Some 26 NFC phone models are now available,… More

NFC Forum adds payments, retail, consumer electronics, healthcare and transport groups

January 25th, 2013

“By helping us focus our efforts and expertise on the specific needs of key market sectors, the SIGs will enable the NFC Forum to facilitate and accelerate the delivery of exciting new NFC solutions to consumers,” says Forum chairman Koichi Tagawa. More

Taiwan TSM plans face opposition

January 24th, 2013

The decision, taken yesterday by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, to grant conditional approval for Taiwan’s five carriers and transit card issuer EasyCard to set up a national TSM joint venture for NFC payments and ticketing has not… More

Taiwan TSM project gets approval

January 23rd, 2013

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has given the go-ahead for transportation card issuer EasyCard and the country’s five carriers to form a joint venture company to deliver NFC payments and ticketing services — provided the partners comply with a number of conditions designed to ensure a competitive environment is maintained. More

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