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    Three launches NFC mobile payments in Austria

    November 24th, 2015

    Mobile network operator Three has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payments service in Austria. “For this new service, a virtual debit card with contactless payment function based on MasterCard PayPass is being stored on the Android smartphone’s NFC SIM card,” the carrier says. “Three customers can test 3Geldbörse for two months for free. After two months, the new services costs 1€/month.”

    NFC secure element shipments grow 40% in 2015

    November 18th, 2015

    A total of 490m NFC secure elements will be shipped in 2015, up 40% on the 350m shipped in 2014, smart security industry association Eurosmart reports. A total of 590m units is expected to ship in 2016, up 20% on 2015. More

    Norway’s Valyou NFC wallet to shut down due to lack of user adoption

    November 18th, 2015

    The Valyou NFC mobile wallet developed by Norwegian mobile network operator Telenor and banking group DNB is to shut down due to a “much lower than expected end user uptake”. A lack of contactless terminals… More

    Vodafone adds MasterCard to NFC wallet

    November 16th, 2015

    Vodafone Wallet users in Europe will be able to make payments with their NFC phone using MasterCard cards “within weeks”, the mobile network operator has announced. “Contactless card payments using Vodafone Wallet require a Vodafone NFC SIM and are supported on more than 60 Android smartphones.” Vodafone Wallet launched in September 2013 and is currently live in Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, the UK, Italy and Hungary.

    Gemalto assesses the mobile payments landscape

    November 12th, 2015

    A 24-page white paper designed to give banks, processors, OEMs, retailers and other issuers a clear overview of the evolving world of mobile payments is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Gemalto SIM puts multiple transit cards on NFC phones

    November 3rd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a new version of its UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM, with an embedded Mifare4Mobile v2 app allowing it to support multiple Mifare-based transport ticketing services such as those used… More

    RBC reports strong uptake for HCE wallet, adds support for digital receipts, loyalty and gift cards

    October 30th, 2015

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has trebled its mobile wallet user base since moving from a SIM-based model to host card emulation (HCE) six weeks ago, the bank’s head of payments innovation has told… More

    Kona unveils customizable payment platform that supports cards, tokens, NFC, HCE and wearable devices

    October 29th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: South Korean smart card provider Kona has unveiled the Kona Payment platform, a customizable, end-to-end solution for card issuers that supports tokenization, physical cards, mobile payments via both HCE and SIM-based secure elements,… More

    Optus expands NFC payments to prepaid customers

    October 9th, 2015

    Australian carrier Optus has made its NFC mobile payment service available to prepaid customers, following its launch to postpaid customers in November 2014. “Simply download the Cash by Optus app or go online to order your Cash by Optus SIM,” the carrier says. “When you receive your SIM, simply pop it in your smartphone. Just load money onto your Cash by Optus facility and you’re ready to make secure payments.”

    Scotiabank expands availability of NFC mobile wallet service

    October 7th, 2015

    Canada’s Scotiabank has expanded the reach of its SIM-based NFC mobile wallet service to four additional mobile network operators by connecting to EnStream, the joint venture between carriers Bell Mobility, Telus and Rogers Communications that… More

    Bell ID gets HCE certification from global payment schemes

    September 30th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile payments specialist Bell ID’s host card emulation (HCE) solution has been certified by three of the largest global payment schemes, the company has announced, making it the first vendor to receive approval… More

    RBC brings HCE mobile payments to North America

    September 14th, 2015

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has become the first financial institution in North America to go live with a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payment service following a pilot in December 2014. “We’ve now… More

    Russian commuters get NFC mobile ticketing in Moscow

    September 11th, 2015

    Subscribers to Russian mobile network operators MegaFon, Beeline and MTS can now pay for travel on public transport in Moscow using their NFC smartphone. The project has been implemented by the Moscow Department of Transport,… More

    HKT launches NFC mobile payments service in Hong Kong

    July 28th, 2015

    Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) subsidiary HKT Payment has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payment service to let customers of its 1010 and Csl mobile service brands pay at more than three million locations worldwide which… More

    GlobalPlatform makes it easier to launch secure element-based NFC services

    July 13th, 2015

    Standards body GlobalPlatform has updated its End-to-End Simplified Service Management Framework to make it easier and quicker for service providers to launch NFC payments services using a SIM or embedded secure element. The new guidelines reduce the time taken to deploy a service to just three to six months, and slim down the current 1,500 pages of documentation to only 30 pages. More

    Mercedes E-Class to get secure NFC keys

    July 8th, 2015

    Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming W213 E-Class car will come equipped with NFC to allow keyless entry and starting. “Simply tap a phone with NFC on the driver’s door handle to lock and unlock the car,” Paul Tan’s Automotive News reports from a preview event in Stuttgart. “Once inside, placing the phone on the wireless charging plate enables the ignition. A secure SIM card is required for these functions.”

    Semble adds Snapper public transport payments to mobile wallet

    July 7th, 2015

    Users of New Zealand’s NFC mobile wallet Semble will be able to pay for public transport using the app through a partnership with prepaid transit card provider Snapper. The move follows Semble’s launch as a SIM-based… More

    Canadian carriers sign up for independent Suretap platform

    June 23rd, 2015

    Canadian carrier Rogers has spun off its Suretap NFC mobile wallet service as a separate company, with the brand now operating independently and open to other carriers. Mobile network operators Bell, Telus, Koodo and Virgin… 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

    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

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