Turkey: Visa and Akbank to Launch Trial of Contactless microSDs
Akbank customers will be able to insert the contactless microSDs into their BlackBerrys with appropriate slots to tap to pay at payWave terminals in Istanbul and beyond. The cards have tiny antennas that communicate with point-of-sale readers, using a power boost from the handsets. If card slots are behind the phone batteries, however, the transmissions would likely be blocked.
Depending on when the trial launches, it could be the first test of microSD cards in Europe under Visa’s partnership with technology provider DeviceFidelity. The project counters plans by Turkey’s Garanti Bank and mobile operator Avea to use another NFC bridge technology, SIM cards with flexible antennas, to enable customers to tap to pay with a MasterCard PayPass application. The “commercial” launch of that project, scheduled for July, is reportedly late.
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