Spain’s CaixaBank, mobile operator Telefónica and Visa Europe, along with technology vendor Gemalto, plan to demonstrate NFC payment at next week’s big Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The project could be a lead-up to a long-awaited commercial launch of NFC payment later this year by the bank and telco, which have already extensively trialed NFC. They have not yet said when they will roll out NFC, however.
Trial organizers will provide NFC-enabled Sony Xperia T handsets with the prepaid Visa payWave application, preloaded with €15 (US$20.09), to 3,500 Mobile World Congress delegates. Telefónica developed the mobile-wallet application, and CaixaBank’s prepaid payment subsidiary, MoneyToPay, is the issuer of the payWave application, which will be stored on Telefónica SIM cards. Gemalto likely will provide the NFC SIM cards. It’s not clear whether any trusted service manager is required for the project.