3,500 delegates attending this year’s Mobile World Congress will be offered a Sony NFC phone they can use to make payments across the Fira Gran Via venue, at 16,000 Barcelona merchants and in 700 taxis equipped to accept NFC payments. More
The mobile network operator has partnered with CTA, the public transportation operator for Spain’s Asturias region, to pilot test a service that allows customers to charge transit ticket purchases to their mobile phone bill. More
Spanish soccer giant FC Barcelona has signed an agreement with the R&D arm of mobile network Telefónica that will see the club’s Camp Nou stadium being the first to test a wide range of leading edge mobile communications technologies... More
Orange, Telefónica Movistar and Vodafone are to work together to “achieve maximum compatibility and uniformity in both the customer experience and the technology used in order to simplify the adoption of NFC services by customers, other companies and technology providers.” More
Telefónica, la Caixa and Visa’s NFC payments trial in the Spanish resort of Sitges has seen significant increases in both transaction frequencies and purchase values but, the partners say, a mass deployment of NFC services is still three to five years away. More
The first results of the NFC payments trial taking place in Sitges, Spain show that 60% of the participants have so far used their phone to make a payment, Benjamí Puigdevall, CEO of e-La Caixa, has told Spanish financial publication CincoDias... More
1,500 customers of Telefónica and La Caixa have been issued with Samsung S5230 NFC phones which they can use to make debit and credit card payments in taxis, sports centres, at market stalls and in retail stores. More
The mobile network operator is starting small with a limited rollout in the Czech city of Pilsen but a business strategy is now in place and commercial launches in the UK and Spain could be next. More
An NFC bus ticketing pilot is to be run in Madrid, Spain by Bankinter and Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (EMT), beginning in mid-2010... More
Telefonica has announced this morning that it is to run an NFC trial in the Spanish resort of Sitges, in conjunction with Visa and La Caixa bank (see a photo from the press conference here)... More
GUEST COMMENT: We’re unlikely to end up with a single TSM per country, or per region, or per operator — which isn’t what many people imagined when the TSM model became current, writes Dave Birch of Consult Hyperion. More
The mobile operator and the bank-owned transaction processing supplier are testing a Mobile Virtual Wallet with potential applications in payments, transport, healthcare and personal identification. More
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