Octopus Partners with PCCW-HKT to Pilot NFC Payments in Hong Kong

Octopus-PCCW-HKT-pilot-NFC-payments-Hong-Kong-rfid-blogOctopus, contactless transportation ticketing and stored value payments provider in Hong Kong, is working with mobile network operator PCCW-HKT to conduct a mobile payments pilot. The pilot uses Octopus Mobile SIMs — NFC-enabled SIM cards compatible with Sony FeliCa contactless card technology.

Customers taking part in the pilot will be able to use an NFC phone to access the same service as those offered by conventional Octopus cards and products, by installing a FeliCa-based Octopus applet on a new Upteg NFC SIM card and then inserting the SIM into their NFC phone.

With the new service, customers can pay for journeys on all of Hong Kong’s public transportation systems, including the metro, rail, bus, ferry, coach and tram, as well as pay for fares on minibuses and taxis that accept Octopus. They will also be able to make payments at retail stores as well as purchase entrance tickets at selected entertainment venues. Drivers will also be able to pay for their parking using their NFC phones.

The service also allows customers to make transactions without opening an app and to track their balance and access their transaction history on their phone.

An initial 5,000 Octopus Mobile SIMs are being made available for the pilot. Customers who purchase a Sony Xperia V, Z, ZR, Z Ultra (3G), Z Ultra (LTE) or Z1 smartphone on contract with PCCW-HKT will have the usual HK$100 (US$12.90) activation fee waived “while stocks last”.