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

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

GSMA to offer NFC Experience at Mobile Asia Expo

May 9th, 2013

The GSMA has partnered with China Mobile to promote NFC at this year’s Mobile Asia Expo, following the successful NFC Experience provided to attendees at Mobile World Congress 2013. “We’re excited to launch the NFC… More

Vivo Xplay to come with NFC

May 7th, 2013

Chinese phone maker BBK’s latest device is to come with NFC functionality — and some NFC tags in the box. The Vivo Xplay is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz and is… More

CUP demos Intel NFC payments

April 17th, 2013

China UnionPay executive vice president Hongfeng Chai has demonstrated the payments network’s Quick Pass contactless payments service in use on an Intel-powered NFC smartphone at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The two companies are now working together to develop mobile payments services that make use of both NFC and Intel’s Identity Protection Technology.

China Unicom picks Gemalto NFC

February 26th, 2013

China Unicom is to to use Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM to secure the Unicom Merchants’ Bank mobile wallet it is rolling out in conjuction with China Merchants Bank (CMB). The NFC wallet enables consumers to make purchases at merchants who accept China UnionPay’s QuickPass contactless payments service. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM has now been chosen by mobile operators for 25 NFC projects around the world, the supplier says.

Japan, China and Korea to get international NFC roaming

February 25th, 2013

Mobile network operators in the three countries have agreed technical specifications that will enable consumers to make use of NFC payments and other services in both their home country and abroad. More

MasterCard unveils MasterPass digital wallet and mobile payments platform

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. More

China UnionPay works with Gemalto on NFC

February 25th, 2013

Chinese bank card association China UnionPay is collaborating with Gemalto on NFC, the digital security company has announced. The collaboration “covers key deployment  issues, including TSM  interoperability, security and operational guidelines as well as technology… More

HTC unveils NFC remote control for Butterfly smartphone

January 28th, 2013

The HTC Mini “provides a whole new way of human-computer interaction” says the phone maker, enabling users to make calls, text and access stored media with the tiny device while keeping their smartphone in their pocket. More

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