China: First NFC Trial In China Tests Transit Purse

 

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XiamenChina
Scope: 
Trial
Status: 
Completed
Launch: 
Jul 2006
Main Application: 
Ticketing (transit purse)
Mobile Operator: 
China Mobile
Service Provider (application): 
E-Tong Card (Transit fare collection)
Merchants: 
About 100, including stores, restaurants and theaters
Users: 
100
NFC Handsets: 
Nokia 3220
NFC Handsets: 
Nokia 6131
Secure Element: 
Embedded
Other Vendors: 
NXP Semiconductors (NFC chip)

The trial enabled users to tap their Nokia 3220 phones to pay fares on buses and ferries, along with purchases at stores, restaurants, theaters and other venues that also accept the city’s e-tong transit card. Users also could view their last nine transactions on their handset screens and connect to WAP, wireless Internet.

NFC Times Take: 

Xiamen was the site of China’s first NFC trial. Nokia’s 6131 NFC phone, the successor to the Nokia 3220 used in this trial, went on sale to the general public in the summer of 2007 in Xiamen. Guangzhou and Beijing phone shops also got the phones. The phones came preloaded with those cities’ transit e-purses, which users could also tap for purchases at some retail locations in addition to paying fares. But sightings of the phones in use at either stores or transit terminals were rare. China Mobile’s branch in Xiamen later tested m-payment using SIM cards with a contactless interface and an antenna attached to the card.

 

 

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