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Turkcell to Expand Mobile Wallet to non-NFC Payments after ‘Slow’ NFC Adoption

Oct 9 2012 (All day)

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell, one of the first telcos to commercially launch NFC, is introducing a new mobile wallet that includes a PayPal-like service enabling consumers to pay for purchases by entering their phone numbers on point-of-sale terminals.

Turkcell Continues Branded NFC Phone Program, Introduces Tags

Turkey’s largest operator, Turkcell, has introduced its third self-branded NFC phone, a model made by Chinese supplier ZTE, and for the first time is including its own NFC tag in the box.

ZTE: Europe is Next Target for NFC Phones

China-based phone maker ZTE indicated it will be targeting Europe with its NFC phones, although it did not specify models or release dates.

Turkcell Launches ZTE Android NFC Phone as it Continues Mobile-Wallet Rollout

Turkey’s largest operator, Turkcell, has introduced a second branded Android NFC phone model for its mobile wallet and has launched a new toll-collection application for the model.

Turkey’s Top Telco Plans Major NFC Push in 2012, but Faces Challenges

Turkey’s largest mobile operator, Turkcell, is targeting 2012 for a major expansion of its NFC rollout, as it seeks to establish itself as a top-tier telco globally promoting NFC technology.

Turkcell Pilots NFC Meal-Voucher Service

Aug 4 2011 (All day)

Turkish operator Turkcell has announced it has launched a pilot among employees of the first nonbank-issued application for its NFC mobile wallet, enabling users to tap their phones to redeem food vouchers at restaurants and cafés.

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Visa Announces Plans to Introduce Token Service as Part of Mobile Revamp

Jul 25 2014 (All day)

Visa Inc. announced Thursday it would launch a tokenization service in September, as part of what it calls its Visa Digital Solutions “suite of offerings.”

Taiwan Telco Group Goal of 2014 TSM Launch May be Hard to Reach; NFC SIM Footprint Also Small

Jul 24 2014 (All day)

Taiwanese mobile operators have sold a combined 4.2 million NFC-enabled phones and hope to launch their joint TSM platform by the end of the year.

E-Plus Joins Other German Telcos in Launching NFC Wallet and Prepaid Payments Service

Germany’s third largest mobile operator, E-Plus, has launched NFC payments with a prepaid wallet card, joining other German telcos, which have also launched prepaid payments applications on their SIM cards.

Australian Credit Union Launches First HCE Service in Asia Pacific

Jul 14 2014

Australia’s largest credit union, CUA, is the first financial institution in Asia-Pacific to commercially launch mobile payments using host-card emulation, announcing the move today in Australia.

China UnionPay Strikes Deal with ZTE to Use Embedded Chips for Payments

Payment network China UnionPay and China-based handset maker ZTE have disclosed an agreement to enable contactless payment on embedded chips in two of ZTE’s latest high-end Android phones.

Hungary Concludes Year-Long NFC Trial, Prepares for Commercial Launches

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.

Swiss Telcos to Share Tapit NFC Mobile Wallet Platform

Swiss telco Swisscom has launched an NFC mobile wallet app called Tapit, with the country’s two other major telcos expected to follow later in 2014.

Airlines Continue to Test NFC for Boarding; BLE Piloted for Airport Navigation

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.

Visa, MasterCard to Offer HCE Services to Banks, as They Seek to Expedite Rollout of Technology

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.

BBVA’s Pioneering HCE Service: Payments Innovation Head Talks Tokens, Reasons for Shunning SIMs

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.

Canada Sees More NFC Commercial Launches with SIMs, but Market Remains Unsettled

Jul 15 2014 (All day)

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 Announces Commercial Launch of HCE-Based Payments

Jul 1 2014 (All day)

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.