NFC Times Exclusive: Vodafone Group today announced the launch of an NFC mobile-wallet and payments service in Spain and timetables for similar launches in four other European countries–all featuring Vodafone’s own co-branded prepaid payment application, SmartPass.
Besides the launch in Spain, Vodafone said its Vodafone Wallet and SmartPass payments service would start in mid-December in Germany and next spring in the UK, the Netherlands and Italy.
In all but Italy, the SmartPass prepaid service would support a Visa payWave EMV application, as part of Vodafone’s partnership with Visa Europe. Vodafone Italia had an earlier deal with MasterCard that has already yielded a prepaid SmartPass card supporting MasterCard’s PayPass. This would expand to NFC phones in the spring.