News about Olympics and NFC.
February 19th, 2013
Visa is making multiple efforts towards a “mainstream launch” of contactless and mobile payments in the UK in 2013, Marc O’Brien, managing director of Visa UK & Ireland has told a meeting of the Westminster eForum, Marketing Week reports. “Building momentum from the Olympic Games, we’re looking to roll out of the [contactless payment] cards and handsets this year,” he said. Visa’s data suggests that 17% of the UK’s mobile phones are NFC-enabled at present, adds the report.
January 22nd, 2013
Samsung has announced that an NFC version of the Galaxy S III Mini is now available. The device was announced with NFC in October 2012, but the first devices then shipped without the functionality. Now, says…
September 19th, 2012
“The response has been extremely positive and our priority now is on turning that enthusiasm into commercial mobile payment deployments across Europe,” says Visa’s Mary Carol Harris, adding that “we recognise that the journey is a marathon, not a sprint.”
July 12th, 2012
1,000 Samsung Galaxy S III NFC phones equipped with a Visa mobile payments app are being distributed to “key stakeholders and decision makers” for the London 2012 Olympics, where all points of sale will be equipped to handle contactless payments — and NFC World has been testing out one of the limited edition devices.
May 23rd, 2012
A new ticketing infrastructure designed to support payments via open-loop contactless cards and NFC phones won’t now arrive in time for the Olympics, TfL has revealed.
May 9th, 2012
The payments network and the phone maker will be issuing limited edition Samsung Galaxy S III handsets loaded with a Visa NFC payments app to athletes and other VIPs during the London 2012 Games.
May 4th, 2012
The newly announced successor to Samsung’s best selling Galaxy S II features NFC as standard and includes a new file transfer service that enables users to easily connect together two devices via NFC and automatically transfer large video and other files via WiFi Direct.
April 16th, 2012
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the planned NFC joint venture between Everything Everywhere, Telefónica and Vodafone UK which will delay launch until after the London Olympics and casts doubts over the timetable for the introduction of similar projects in a number of other European countries.
February 24th, 2012
Visa and Samsung are to demonstrate an NFC mobile payment service for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. The two London 2012 sponsors first announced in May 2011 that they…
January 3rd, 2012
87% of contactless cardholders in the UK, Poland and Turkey believe contactless cards will be “instrumental in bringing mobile contactless payments to market in the near future,” according to Visa Europe‘s latest Contactless Barometer survey….
December 9th, 2011
The UK will be the next country to get Google Wallet, following its US launch in October 2011, according to Les Echos. A pilot project involving both NFC payments and offers will begin in London in the first quarter of 2012, the French newspaper reports, with the aim of having the service live in time for the London 2012 Olympics this summer.
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July 11th, 2011
The mobile network operator is using a system developed by Mokipay Europe that works with both NFC phones and contactless stickers linked to subscribers’ SIM cards to enable transaction notifications to be received on customers’ phones.
May 24th, 2011
Starbucks has signed a deal with Barclaycard, in partnership with Visa Europe, to bring contactless and NFC mobile payments to its UK coffee shops. Starbucks’ move follows the launch by Barclaycard and Orange last week…
May 17th, 2011
The UK bank joins Samsung and Visa to provide NFC-enabled phone payments at next year’s London Olympic Games, as it prepares to roll out a broader mobile contactless payments programme for consumers.
May 6th, 2011
BlackBerry phones have a number of advantages when it comes to NFC, says Research in Motion (RIM) UK MD Stephen Bates. Battery life, in-built security and the BlackBerry Messenger service are all factors that will…
March 31st, 2011
The phone manufacturer and payments network, both Worldwide Olympics Sponsors, are to enable athletes and visitors at the London 2012 Olympics to make payments using a special Samsung Olympic and Paralympic Games mobile handset.