News about the NFC market in Brazil — trials, pilots, tests and live services.
March 17th, 2015
MFS, a joint venture between Telefonica-owned carrier Vivo and MasterCard, has expanded its Vivo Zuum mobile payment service to São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. The service lets users make in-store payments via USSD, pay bills, transfer funds between Vivo Zuum accounts, top up prepaid airtime and withdraw cash from MasterCard ATMs. Vivo Zuum is also available in Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Aracaju.
February 16th, 2015
Apple is in talks with some of Brazil’s largest banks including Bradesco, Itau and Banco do Brasil with a view to launching Apple Pay in the country in the near future, Epoca Negocios reports. Almost 80% of the payment terminal network in Brazil is already contactless-enabled, the publication says, and “the only missing piece to fully nationalise the process is issuing cards”.
December 15th, 2014
Dafiti, Latin America’s largest online fashion retailer, is to place Bluetooth beacons in restaurants, bars and newsstands in the Brazilian city of São Paulo to send out promotional messages to shoppers’ smartphones. “Users can opt…
June 20th, 2014
Five thousand NFC and QR stickers have been placed at bus stops in Rio de Janeiro to provide locals and visitors with up-to-date information on bus routes and times, as well as information on local tourist destinations and points of interest. The Rio Smart City service also offers information on current events, such as the Fifa World Cup, says supplier Connecthings.
June 13th, 2014
Banco do Brasil has partnered with mobile network operator Oi and Visa to offer NFC mobile payments in Brazil. The service will be made available to a limited number of users initially and then rolled out to all the bank’s customers. Users will be able to make payments with an NFC phone at any of the 1.4m contactless POS terminals available in the country. Oberthur Technologies is supplying NFC SIMs to Oi for the project.
March 31st, 2014
A mobile campus card service that uses NFC built into microSD cards is now live at a “number of universities”, enabling students to use their mobile phone to make payments in canteens and to access buildings….
March 26th, 2014
Mobile network operator Claro and one of Brazil’s largest banks, Bradesco, are to commercially launch an NFC mobile payments service in the state of São Paulo during the first half of this year, ahead of…
March 25th, 2014
Clear Channel Outdoor is to equip 75,000 out-of-home advertising sites in 23 countries around the world with its Connect mobile advertising platform, allowing consumers to interact with brands via NFC tags, QR codes and, in…
November 28th, 2013
Brazilian mobile network operator Vivo has chosen Gemalto as its trusted service manager (TSM) for its NFC payments service in Brazil. Vivo, part of the Telefonica Group, is also using Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM cards. The service is being introduced in a number of cities this year ahead of a proposed nationwide rollout in 2014.
October 21st, 2013
Rio de Janeiro is set to become the first city in Brazil to pilot an NFC ticketing service for public transportation. Four mobile network operators are taking part in the pilot, which will run with…
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.
August 20th, 2013
ID technology provider Morpho has opened a TSM data centre in São Paulo, Brazil. The facility, believed to be the first in Latin America, will “provide the infrastructure for all businesses that need secure and…
June 10th, 2013
Billboard Brasil has trialled a special edition magazine with an NFC sticker on its front cover in São Paulo, and now plans to roll out another NFC edition across other areas of Brazil within the next…
June 3rd, 2013
Brazilian mobile network operator TIM, part of the Telecom Italia group, has started an NFC payments pilot in partnership with Bradesco Bank, with plans to commercially launch the service by the end of this year….
April 18th, 2013
A Brazilian startup has developed an authentication process that uses government-issued electronic ID documents and NFC phones to provide users with an additional level of security when logging in to online services. The aim is…
February 25th, 2013
MasterPass covers in-store and online payments, supports both NFC and QR codes and enables “banks, merchants and partners” to offer their own wallets to consumers.
February 6th, 2013
January 31st, 2013
Brazilian mobile network operator TIM, part of the Telecom Italia group, has begun a small NFC payments pilot in collaboration with MasterCard, Banco Itaú, Redecard and TSM provider Gemalto. The pilot involves fifty people who will be able to…
November 28th, 2012
Brazilian carrier Claro has announced a partnership with Bradesco bank to introduce an NFC payments service and a co-branded virtual wallet in 2013. “We think the scenario is really propitious right now, since 46.8 million people do not have bank account and 83% of payments are in cash for under R$20 [US$9.50],” Carlos Zenteno, president of Claro, told journalists attending a briefing in São Paulo, RCR Wireless reports.
May 23rd, 2012
The Spanish, German, Brazilian and Northern Irish cities have picked Connecthings to deploy a network of NFC tags to provide visitors and local citizens with information on local services and attractions.