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AT&T Gears Up to Enable Nonpayment NFC Services, Apart from Isis

AUSTIN, Texas – U.S. mobile carrier AT&T plans to enable nonpayment NFC services, which could run alongside payment applications on its NFC SIMs, but would not be part of the Isis Wallet.

Vodafone Finally Ready to Take Plunge into NFC and Mobile Payments in Europe

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.

People on the Move: Early Isis Planner Bierbaum Departs Sprint; NFC Veterans from Citi, Orange Join C-SAM

Chris Bierbaum, who played a role in early development of the U.S. telco joint venture that would become Isis, has left Sprint as head of mobile commerce to lead mobile initiatives globally for UK-based directories and Internet services company hibü.

Yet Another Departure from Nokia’s Once-Proud NFC Program

Yet another veteran of Nokia’s pioneering NFC program has left the Finland-based device maker, with the departure of Jarkko Sevanto, who is heading up mobile-contactless programs for Visa in Asia Pacific, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

U.S. Merchant Group MCX Chooses Gemalto as Wallet Supplier

France-based Gemalto today announced it has been hired by U.S. merchant group MCX to build the group's mobile wallet, which will support payment and other mobile-commerce applications.

Vendors Announce TSM, Mobile-Wallet Supply Deals with Vodafone

Vendors announced Monday they are supplying UK-based Vodafone Group with trusted service management services and mobile-wallet software, respectively, as the UK-based telco gears up for NFC commercial launches.

AT&T Gears Up to Enable Nonpayment NFC Services, Apart from Isis

AUSTIN, Texas – U.S. mobile carrier AT&T plans to enable nonpayment NFC services, which could run alongside payment applications on its NFC SIMs, but would not be part of the Isis Wallet. 

Vodafone Finally Ready to Take Plunge into NFC and Mobile Payments in Europe

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.

HEADLINE NEWS

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

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.

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.

Russian Bank Launches Delayed PayPass Service on Embedded Chips in Two Samsung NFC Models

Russian Standard Bank launched its long-planned NFC-payments service on embedded chips in Samsung NFC devices, under an earlier partnership deal between Samsung Electronics and MasterCard Worldwide.

Next Android Operating System to Support Enhancements to HCE

The next major Android upgrade, code-named Android L, includes changes to the way host-card emulation handles default applications for payment, according to a developer preview.

French Group Drops Cityzi Mark; Incorporates EMVCo Contactless Symbol in New Logo

Jun 27 2014 (All day)

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.