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

Vodafone launches NFC SmartPass in Italy

April 10th, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone’s NFC mobile wallet and SmartPass prepaid payments service is to go live in Italy at the end of April. The service was launched in Spain in November 2013 and in Germany… More

Vodafone Wallet goes Dutch

March 28th, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC-based mobile wallet and prepaid SmartPass account is now available in the Netherlands. The launch follows introductions in Spain in November 2013 and in Germany earlier this month. The service is also due to be launched in the UK “later this year.”

Vodafone rolls out NFC mobile wallet across Germany

March 11th, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone’s NFC-based mobile wallet and prepaid SmartPass account is now available throughout Germany, following a trial in the city of Dusseldorf. The service is integrated with MasterCard-owned Trevica’s TSM platform, which is… More

NXP to demo NFC national ID app

March 6th, 2014

An Android NFC app that lets German citizens use their national ID card to prove their identity in a variety of situations is to be presented by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior at… More

German carriers team up with MasterCard for NFC payments

February 25th, 2014

Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica Deutschland and Vodafone have connected their TSM platforms to MasterCard-owned Trevica’s TSM platform for card issuers, providing German banks with a single entry point for deploying NFC payments to 80% of the local population — and MasterCard plans to offer a similar service in other European countries this year. More

Vodafone launches SmartPass NFC payments in Germany

December 13th, 2013

Vodafone Germany has launched its Vodafone SmartPass NFC mobile payment app in the city of Düsseldorf and plans to expand the service across the country during the first quarter of 2014. The news follows the… More

French firm sues HTC and LG for NFC patent infringement

December 10th, 2013

Intellectual property commercialisation firm France Brevets has filed patent infringement lawsuits against phone makers HTC and LG in the US and Germany, for using two NFC patents that were granted to Inside Secure in 2004… More

Vodafone to launch NFC mobile wallet across Europe

November 22nd, 2013

Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC mobile wallet is going live today in Spain, will be available in Germany in mid-December and expand to the Netherlands, UK and Italy in spring 2014. Vodafone Wallet works with… More

E-Plus to launch NFC mobile wallet

November 6th, 2013

German carrier E-Plus is to launch a mobile wallet in Spring 2014, enabling customers to make payments with an NFC phone as well as collect and redeem loyalty points and discount vouchers using QR codes…. More

Volkswagen Bank tests iPhone NFC payments

September 23rd, 2013

Germany’s Volkswagen Bank is conducting an NFC payments pilot using iPhone 4, 4S and 5 smartphones equipped with an iCarte add-on case. Android NFC phones are due to be added in 2014. The trial, involving… More

Vodafone pilots ‘Virtual Shelf’ shopping wall

September 23rd, 2013

Mobile network operator Vodafone is testing a mobile shopping wall at its German headquarters in Dusseldorf, enabling 5,000 staff to select grocery items using QR codes and then pay via NFC. To use the service,… More

UN prompts givers to feed hungry children with NFC

June 24th, 2013

A week-long campaign run by advertising agency Grabarz & Partner on behalf of UN World Food Programme (WFP) has enabled people in the city of Halle, Germany, to make charitable donations via NFC. The ‘Food… More

AirPlus and Deutsche Telekom begin NFC payment pilot

June 14th, 2013

Business travel payment specialist AirPlus International has launched an NFC pilot in Germany, in partnership with mobile network operator Deutsche Telekom. Starting this week, employees at the telco’s Bonn, Frankfurt and Hamburg sites can pay… More

Dortmunder Volksbank launches NFC payments with O2

May 1st, 2013

German cooperative bank Dortmunder Volksbank (DV) has introduced a mobile payments service that enables customers to make payments with their NFC mobile phone at any merchant equipped to process MasterCard PayPass contactless transactions. DV is… More

German transport operators pick NFC Netstore’s durable outdoor tags

April 16th, 2013

Finnish tag supplier NFC Netstore is to provide its Contact Point durable NFC tags to Deutsche Bahn for the rail operator’s Touch&Travel national NFC ticketing scheme. Regional transportation operator RMV has already installed 25,000 of the new tags across the Frankfurt region. More

O2 Germany picks G&D NFC

March 26th, 2013

Telefónica O2 Germany is using technology from Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) in an NFC payments pilot, which began last month. G&D’s TSM solution and its NFC SIMs are both being used in the O2 Wallet pilot.

Telefónica O2 to begin beta testing NFC payments in Germany

January 21st, 2013

“Soon, children will only know from history books what a wallet and hard cash are,” says René Schuster, CEO of Telefónica Germany, as the carrier prepares to make NFC payments available to customers from next month. More

Germans need NFC reassurance

November 26th, 2012

A survey carried out by market researcher YouGov in Germany has revealed that, while 54% of the population has heard of NFC, only one in six (16%) can see themselves using NFC and contactless payments in the future. Most cited security concerns, with 52% worrying about NFC technology being potentially insecure. Germans from 30-39 years old are the most willing to use NFC mobile payments.

Telefónica O2 begins mobile payments rollout in Germany with mPass contactless stickers

October 2nd, 2012

The telecoms giant is adding MasterCard PayPass stickers to the mPass service it operates with Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, allowing users of the mcommerce and ecommerce payments service to also use it to make purchases in stores. More

G&D gets Visa TSM approval

September 26th, 2012

Giesecke & Devrient‘s TSM centres in Toronto and Munich have added Visa approval to the MasterCard certifications they received in 2011 and 2009. “By operating two separate but interlinked data centres, one in Munich and the other in Toronto, G&D can guarantee service providers uninterrupted access even if one of the centres should encounter technical problems,” says the company.

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