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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Israel-based NFC and contactless technology supplier On Track Innovations reported revenue for the third quarter increased by 27% to $6.8 million, driven by a more than doubling in sales of such payments products as contactless readers of point-of-sale terminals in the U.S. and expansion of equipment for transit-ticketing in Poland.
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.
Smart card vendor association Eurosmart today confirmed its earlier projection that industry suppliers would ship at least 250 million secure elements for NFC devices in 2013, and predicted shipments would grow by 64% next year to 435 million units.
NFC Times Exclusive: A former general manager of Taipei’s large contactless transit ticketing and closed-loop payment scheme, EasyCard, has been named chairman of an NFC joint venture set up by Taiwan’s five mobile operators and EasyCard Corp., NFC Times has learned.
NFC Times Exclusive: A set of guidelines from the NFC Forum and the International Air Transport Association may be another step toward eventual rollout of NFC-enabled boarding passes, but observers say the prospects for use of NFC technology in air travel remain up in the air.
NFC Times Exclusive: U.S.-based Sprint sees its NFC-based Pinsight Touch platform as the missing piece of its year-old targeted advertising platform, bringing payments and other secure applications to the service.
NFC Times Premium Content (Free): The Isis joint venture and member mobile operators officially launched their Isis Mobile Wallet today, with the new Android wallet app now available for subscribers of all three Isis telcos and NFC SIMs in thousands of carrier shops.
Identive Group showed higher revenue in the third quarter, thanks to a jump in NFC and RFID sales, but took a large impairment charge and will sell some “noncore assets,” as its share price continues to hover around historic lows.
NFC Times Exclusive: France’s largest mobile operator, Orange, has concluded a deal with Visa to support its launch of Orange Cash in France, the latest mobile operator to announce plans to roll out its own branded prepaid payment service on NFC phones.
NFC Times Special Report: In a move with potentially far-reaching implications for the NFC industry, Google has built support for host-card emulation into its new Android operating system, which could enable payments and other “secure” applications without a secure element.