Telefónica (O2) Germany has announced it will launch its NFC-enabled O2 Wallet in mid-February, beginning as a “friendly user test” on two Android smartphones that will enable users to tap to make purchases with the telco’s own payments service, mpass.
In buying out its joint venture partner Nokia, German smart card maker Giesecke & Devrient said it remains committed to the trusted service management business, despite delays in rollouts of Near Field Communication services.
More than three-quarters of participants said they would use contactless service on their mobile phones if it were available, according to surveys organizers conducted. About 90% of the 500 trial participants expressed satisfaction with NFC technology, according to O2. About two-thirds of users said they found tapping the phones more convenient than using Oyster cards and about 22% said they increased their number of trips on London’s subway trains. In all, users tapped their phones for 50,000 trips on the London Underground during the trial. About 87% of respondents said the availability of the Oyster service would influence their choice of mobile phones. And while more than two-thirds of users said they would like to have the Barclaycard application on their phones in the future, only 47% said this would influence their choice of phones. Neither O2 nor Barclaycard released the number of retail transactions trial users conducted with the phones.
* 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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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.
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.