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News about NFC-SIM and NFC.

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

Safaricom to add NFC to mPesa?

March 14th, 2014

Kenyan carrier Safaricom is to add NFC payment capabilities to its flagship mPesa mobile money service, according to Techmoran.”Still undergoing the tendering process, the NFC SIM cards are expected to be rolled out to its subscribers for mobile contactless payments and transactions making Safaricom the first mobile operator in the region to mass deploy SIM-based NFC for contactless transactions,” the report says.

Orange to launch NFC transport ticketing in Malaga and Valencia

February 19th, 2014

Mobile network operator Orange is to commercially launch NFC ticketing services in the Spanish cities of Malaga and Valencia in the coming months, following successful pilot phases that have been underway in Malaga since February… More

Windows Phone users to get more NFC controls

February 18th, 2014

Windows Phone 8.1 will increase the level of control users have over NFC payment cards provisioned to their NFC SIM when it ships in mid-2014, according to a series of leaked screenshots, as well as… More

Kyivstar and Alfa-Bank launch NFC payments in the Ukraine

January 22nd, 2014

Alfa-Bank and mobile network operator Kyivstar have begun testing the Ukraine’s first NFC mobile payments service. The pilot is expected to lead to a full commercial rollout across the country. The launch follows an announcement… More

La Caixa partners with Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange and Visa for Europe’s largest NFC payments service

December 17th, 2013

Spain’s La Caixa bank is to introduce a commercial NFC mobile payment service in partnership with Visa Europe and the country’s three leading mobile network operators — Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange. Between them, the three… 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

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

Vivo picks Gemalto TSM

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.

Telenor picks G&D and Gemalto

November 19th, 2013

Norwegian carrier Telenor is to use Giesecke & Devrient‘s SmartTrust NFC Enabler and Gemalto‘s  Allynis TSM solution for the commercial launch of its NFC mobile wallet, to be introduced in partnership with DNB bank. G&D will also supply Telenor with multi-application NFC SIMs.

Telecom Italia and Visa Europe to roll out NFC payments in Italy

November 14th, 2013

Italian carrier Telecom Italia and Visa Europe have signed a strategic agreement which will see NFC payments rolled out across Italy to more than 31 million customers of the TIM mobile network from 2014. The new service… More

Canadian banks to launch NFC mobile wallet

November 6th, 2013

Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group are to launch Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet, in 2014. Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, has joined as Ugo’s first retail partner, bringing its PC Plus… More

CIBC adds Q10 NFC payments

November 4th, 2013

Canadian Bank CIBC has extended availability of its NFC payments service to BlackBerry Q10 owners. The service was first rolled out in November 2012 and expanded to include support for BlackBerry 10 phones in October 2013. Consumers must also have a Suretap NFC SIM from telco Rogers Communications to make NFC payments.

EMT and Estonian banks launch NFC payments pilot

November 4th, 2013

Mobile network operator EMT has begun pilot testing an NFC mobile wallet in Estonia, in partnership with Danske Bank, Nordea Pank, SEB Pank and Swedbank as well as retail group Tallinna Kaubamaja. The ‘Bank Payment… More

US universities test NFC campus cards

November 4th, 2013

Students at Quinnipiac University and Tulane University in the US are testing an NFC version of the Blackboard Transact campus card system, enabling them to use NFC phones in place of their campus ID cards… More

SK C&C ships 6m NFC Sims

October 23rd, 2013

Korea’s SK C&C has shipped its six millionth NFC SIM card and is now to make the product available in the US. “Since 2011, SK C&C has been shipping NFC SIMs customized to carrier requirements” says SK C&C USA’s Jean-Louis Carrara.

Dubai to get NFC taxi payments

October 22nd, 2013

Dubai residents will be able to pay taxi fares using a prepaid Smart Nol transit card stored on their NFC SIM from January 2014, the city’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced. Etisalat and Du subscribers have been able to pay via NFC for public transportation since September 2013.

Brazilian carriers test NFC in Rio de Janeiro

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… 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

Octopus pilots Sony FeliCa NFC payments in Hong Kong

October 14th, 2013

Hong Kong contactless transportation ticketing and stored value payments provider Octopus is conducting a mobile payments pilot in conjunction with mobile network operator PCCW-HKT, using Octopus Mobile SIMs — NFC-enabled SIM cards compatible with Sony… More

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