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    NFC SIM shipment remains static in 2015 due to Softcard closure

    April 26th, 2016

    The global number of NFC SIM card shipments remained static during 2015 following the closure of the Softcard mobile wallet in the US last year, the SIMalliance has revealed, despite reporting significant NFC SIM growth across Asia and Europe. More

    mBank cancels NFC SIM deals in favour of HCE and bank-backed Blik mobile payments

    March 7th, 2016

    Poland’s mBank has withdrawn the facility for customers to add mobile versions of their debit cards to the NFC payments services offered by mobile network operators T-Mobile and Orange. Instead, the bank has told NFC World,… More

    PayPal partners with Vodafone for NFC payments in Europe

    February 12th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet users in Europe will soon be able to make NFC mobile payments at stores, restaurants and other retail locations using their PayPal accounts. The agreement between the online payments provider and Vodafone marks the… More

    Cash by Optus adds contactless bands and stickers to reach beyond Android owners

    February 8th, 2016

    Consumers using Cash by Optus — the prepaid NFC SIM-based payments service launched by Australian mobile network operator Optus in November 2014 — can now make payments using a contactless wristband or a sticker attached to their mobile phone. More

    GlobalPlatform updates NFC SIM spec

    February 3rd, 2016

    Standards body GlobalPlatform has extended the scope of UICC Configuration, its implementation guide for deploying GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.3 within the mobile services sector and managing the secure, over-the-air delivery of new services. “The requirements are in support of the 4G network and enhanced security (Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-based secure channels),” GlobalPlatform told NFC World. “These cover a new scenario for the confidential loading of service providers’ keys.”

    NFC public transport pilot launches across the Netherlands

    December 2nd, 2015

    Some 200 commuters across the Netherlands have begun piloting a service that lets them tap in and out of public transport using their smartphone. The pilot has been put in place by mobile network operators Vodafone and KPN in partnership with OV public transport card provider Translink and all the transport agencies in the country. More

    Canadian carriers MTS and SaskTel launch NFC payments with TD Bank

    May 14th, 2015

    MTS and SaskTel have become the latest Canadian mobile network operators to launch NFC mobile payment services using EnStream, the joint venture between Bell Mobility, Telus and Rogers Communications put in place to act as… More

    Orange Cash adds in-store mobile payments in Spain

    May 13th, 2015

    Orange Spain is to launch a new version of its Orange Cash service allowing users to pay with their smartphone at Visa contactless point-of-sale terminals and make online payments using one-time generated virtual cards. A previous version… More

    Vodafone Netherlands adds credit card to Wallet

    April 23rd, 2015

    Vodafone customers in the Netherlands can now make NFC payments with a mobile version of a credit card. Visa credit cards from International Card Services (ICS) can be added to the Vodafone Wallet app running on Android NFC handset equipped with an NFC SIM. Vodafone Wallet users have been able to make NFC payments with the operator’s own SmartPass prepaid account since March 2014.

    NFC ticketing trial eliminates “did I touch out?” doubt

    April 21st, 2015

    An NFC transport ticketing trial in the Netherlands will allow passengers to see on their phones if they have correctly checked themselves on or off the service as they travel, avoiding the risk of paying… More

    SIMalliance: NFC SIM shipments up 69% in 2014

    April 14th, 2015

    A total of 4.7bn SIMs were shipped in 2014 by members of the SIMalliance, an organisation that represents suppliers responsible for 86% of the global SIM market, including 132m NFC SIMs, up 69% on 2013 and taking the total number of NFC SIMs shipped by alliance members over the past four years to 256m. More

    New Zealand NFC wallet venture Semble goes live

    March 31st, 2015

    Close to one million New Zealanders now have the ability to make NFC payments with the nationwide launch of Semble, a SIM-based mobile wallet introduced by two New Zealand banks, three carriers and payments network… More

    Vodafone combines tokens and SIMs for NFC payments in Europe

    March 30th, 2015

    Vodafone customers in five major European markets will be able to use their Visa cards to make NFC mobile payments from the second quarter of this year with a new SIM-based service that makes use of tokenization technology. More

    China Telecom launches NFC ticketing

    March 26th, 2015

    Residents of Shanghai and Beijing can now ride the metro and pay for tickets with their China Telecom NFC smartphones. The carrier, which has 183m subscribers, is using Gemalto’s UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIMs to deploy its secure NFC services.

    HSBC to introduce HCE NFC payments on Android phones?

    February 20th, 2015

    There are signs that global bank HSBC could be preparing to roll out host card emulation (HCE) based NFC payments on Android devices in the UK, after an NFC World reader spotted that the HSBC… More

    RBC adds HCE to mobile payments app

    December 19th, 2014

    Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has added support for host card emulation (HCE) to its RBC mobile app, “allowing Canadians to pay with most Android mobile phones without worrying about being on the right mobile… More

    Optus launches NFC payments in Australia

    November 17th, 2014

    Australian carrier Optus has teamed up with Visa and Heritage Bank to launch an NFC mobile payment service that lets customers load up to A$500 into a prepaid account and then make payments at any… More

    Eurosmart forecasts 600m NFC SEs in 2015

    November 5th, 2014

    A total of 8bn secure elements will be shipped this year, with SIM cards accounting for 5.1bn of the total, according to new statistics released by smart security industry association Eurosmart, with the total rising to 12bn in 2020. NFC-enabled SIM cards and embedded secure elements will account for 350m of the total in 2014 and that number will almost double to 600m in 2015, Eurosmart adds.

    China Mobile picks Gemalto for NFC ticketing in Beijing

    September 25th, 2014

    China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, has chosen Gemalto to supply it with NFC-enabled SIMs “to protect consumer credentials used for mobile contactless applications​, starting with mass transit services in Beijing.” The SIMs… More

    No support for carriers’ NFC SIMs in Apple devices?

    September 10th, 2014

    Softcard, the US carrier-backed NFC venture formerly known as Isis, won’t have access to the NFC support in the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch until 2015, a blog post by CEO… More

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