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News about the NFC market in China — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

Xiaomi unveils $13 smart band

July 28th, 2014

Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi has launched the Mi Band, a CNY79 (US$13) wristband that features sensors for health and fitness tracking and can be used to unlock the wearer’s Xiaomi smartphone via BLE.  “Future plans for the Mi Band include making it into a personal ID — so it can unlock your door when you come home, or switch on smart appliances and gadgets,” The Next Web reports.

China UnionPay to offer QR payments?

July 11th, 2014

China UnionPay is developing a QR code-based mobile payment service that will provide a way to make both online and offline mobile payments, according to Marbridge Consulting. The company, which has been heavily involved in the rollout of NFC payments in China, is now in discussions with banks regarding promotional activities for the new service, the report says.

Alipay tests virtual credit card

July 3rd, 2014

Chinese online payments giant Alipay is testing a mobile app based virtual credit card service called Xinren Bao that features customised credit limits based on a user’s shopping history and a 38-day interest-free period on all purchases, Marbridge Consulting reports. Xinren Bao is currently in closed beta testing and Alipay has declined to provide confirmation or details to NFC World+ at this time.

Alipay tests NFC ticketing

June 20th, 2014

Alibaba-owned online payments giant Alipay has launched an NFC ticketing service, ECNS reports. The new All Pass service lets NFC phone owners in China use one prepaid account to pay for transit rides in multiple cities, ECNS says, and can currently be used with three Oppo phone models to make payments in 35 cities. Further NFC phones and 25 more cities are to be added by the end of this year.

Alibaba launches mobile payments and services platform

June 12th, 2014

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has unveiled Mashang Tao, a new platform that lets brands and merchants create QR codes that can be used to make purchases in stores, online and from printed advertisements, as well as… More

China Telecom picks Gemalto NFC SIMs

June 10th, 2014

Gemalto is among the suppliers selected by China Telecom to supply SIMs to support the rollout of NFC services to its 183 million subscribers. The carrier will be using Gemalto’s UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIMs which come with embedded LTE management software, “enabling China Telecom subscribers to enjoy NFC services with the convenience and speed of mobile broadband”.

RenRen lets social media users make friends with animated QR codes

May 14th, 2014

Chinese social media site RenRen is giving users the ability to create a personal, animated QR code for their profile page, which they can use to let contacts add them quickly to their friends list. RenRen, which has… More

Brightwire: Apple signs mobile payments deal with China UnionPay

May 12th, 2014

“Apple is likely to incorporate a near field communication (NFC) payment function in the next generation iPhone and has reached an agreement with China UnionPay on a mobile payment service,” investment newswire Brightwire reports, citing… More

Chinese banks sign up for China Telecom NFC wallet launch

December 3rd, 2013

Mobile network operator China Telecom is to launch an NFC mobile wallet in China later this year, in cooperation with more than a dozen financial institutions. More than 30m NFC-enabled SIM cards will be distributed… More

China Mobile opts for Micropross

November 25th, 2013

China Mobile has chosen Micropross’ Contactless Test Station to test NFC devices for compliance with NFC Forum requirements. The tool will be used at the mobile network operator’s own laboratories, where it tests all devices submitted by vendors before they are shipped to retail stores.

Banks pick OTI for NFC payments in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

November 18th, 2013

A cross border NFC payments service using On Track Innovations’ Wave NFC add-on device is to be offered by Hong Kong ATM network JetCo, which has thirty member banks, by Taiwan’s Trade-Van and by Macau’s MTel. More

China Mobile reports NFC adoption stats

October 16th, 2013

China Mobile has seen a take-up of 2.5m NFC handsets, 600,000 SIMs and 1.4m NFC-enabled POS terminals, the carrier’s Liu Xin has revealed at the GSMA’s NFC & Mobile Money Summit in New York. Those… More

Xiaomi unveils Mi3 smartphone with NFC

September 6th, 2013

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi has announced the Mi3, a 5-inch NFC smartphone that is the first to use Nvidia’s 1.8GHz Tegra 4 quad core processor. Three versions will be made available; one for China Mobile’s… More

Starwood Hotels pushes app downloads with NFC in China

August 12th, 2013

Starwood Preferred Guest, the loyalty programme from international hotel chain Starwood Hotels, is using NFC to help promote downloads of its newly launched Chinese Android app. Visitors can now download the SPG mobile app by… More

NFC mobile ticketing to go live in Beijing

July 24th, 2013

The NFC mobile payments service introduced last month by China Mobile and China UnionPay will be commercially launched on public transport in Beijing next week, according to CCTV News. The launch follows a trial period… More

CUP Wallet to include offers

July 17th, 2013

Payments network China UnionPay has officially launched CUP Wallet, an NFC-based mobile wallet platform which eight Chinese banks have committed to supporting. The new service will support a range of offers linked to credit card spending, China UnionPay says.

Geak unveils NFC smart watch and contactless ring

June 21st, 2013

Chinese phone brand Geak is to launch a smart watch with NFC, along with a finger ring that can unlock devices with a touch. More

China Mobile and China UnionPay test NFC on public transport

June 18th, 2013

The NFC mobile payments service launched earlier this month by China Mobile and bank card association China UnionPay has been pilot tested on public transportation services in Beijing, reports TechWeb China. The trial, which has… More

China Mobile and China UnionPay launch NFC payments service

June 11th, 2013

China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, and Chinese bank card association China UnionPay have announced that their NFC payments service is now live in more than fourteen Chinese cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and… More

FAEA launches Penguin NFC phones

June 11th, 2013

Chinese mobile phone maker FAEA has launched the F1 Penguin, a budget Android NFC phone costing 699 Yuan (US$113), and announced the F2 Penguin, an Android 4.2 NFC handset with a 5-inch full HD display… More

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