New Zealand: Vodafone and Bank Launch Employee Trial with Galaxy S II
The trial, scheduled to last three months, will enable a combined 44 employees from Vodafone and the Bank of New Zealand to tap to pay at cafés in their corporate offices using the Samsung Galaxy S II and what is expected to be a Visa payWave application loaded onto SIM cards.
Don’t expect any commercial NFC launches in New Zealand until 2013. But the trial is one of the first to be announced using the NFC version of the popular Galaxy S II, though South Korean telco KT has sold the phone for its commercial NFC service since last spring. Other South Korean telcos, including SK Telecom, have followed. The NFC version of the phone supports a single-wire protocol connection between the NFC chip and SIM. It only became available in the West this fall.
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Last update: Nov. 2011