Billed by mobilkom as the world’s first NFC “rollout,” the project put the Nokia 6131 on sale in shops in fall 2007, following a trial
Mobilkom says it has seen a significant increase in transactions for mobile ticketing, vending and other mobile commerce services thanks to NFC, which cuts out the number of steps users must carry out to conduct the SMS- or mobile-Internet based transactions. The telco hasn’t released transaction figures involving the NFC phones, however. It says it has sold 40,000 of the Nokia 6131 and 6212 NFC phones since putting them in stores in fall 2007, although it acknowledges it probably would have sold as many of the same models without NFC. All told, mobilkom has installed 470 tags in subway stations and 100 in national railway stations, along with 450 on vending machines in stations. It has also distributed 200,000 “personal” tags in the phone kits, which subscribers can tap to more easily play the mobile lottery, buy ringtones and use other services.
* Trusted Service Manager: Defined loosely to include companies or other organizations securely distributing, provisioning and managing applications, generally over the air, on secure elements in NFC mobile phones; or licensing their platforms for this purpose.
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As the Hungarian Mobile Wallet Association prepares to enable its members to commercially launch NFC mobile payments, it has released the results of its 12-month NFC payments and loyalty pilot along with a survey of users.
France-based telco Orange and Air France, along with airline industry and information technology services provider SITA have launched a trial of an NFC boarding pass application for the airline’s route from Toulouse to Paris, and SITA is also piloting Bluetooth low energy beacons at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
NFC Times Exclusive: Both Visa and MasterCard plan to offer their own HCE services to banks and other issuers to help the financial institutions launch host-card emulation, as the payment networks continue to try to expedite the rollout of HCE technology for NFC mobile payments, NFC Times has learned.
NFC Times Exclusive: Host-card emulation represents an “inflection point” for driving the rollout of NFC mobile payments and could also help the SIM-based NFC ecosystem to become more efficient and less costly, the head of payments innovation for major Spanish bank BBVA told NFC Times.
NFC Times Exclusive: With its high rate of smartphone ownership, strong contactless-payment infrastructure and well-developed NFC ecosystem, Canada is increasingly seen as a market to watch for NFC commercial deployments.
Spanish bank BBVA is claiming to be the first bank to commercially launch payments with host-card emulation, announcing today an upgrade of its Android mobile-wallet app incorporating Visa’s HCE specifications.
France’s mobile-operator-led NFC association, AFSCM, has dropped its long-held NFC logo and touchpoint symbol for nonpayment services, Cityzi, in favor of on logo based on EMVCo’s contactless-payment acceptance mark.