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  • Editing Team 16:32 on December 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NFC Helps to Win the Mobile Payment Battle? 

    Last June, China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, and Chinese bank card association China UnionPay have launched their NFC trusted service manager (TSM) platforms. Several banks already used the platforms to enable mobile payment. Yet China Mobile is not the only mobile operator to support NFC payment, China Telecom and China Unicom also took steps.

    Meanwhile, as one of NFC payment leaders, China UnionPay is more active in this sector — it has already worked with 15 banks to launch its UnionPay mobile payment platform and promote NFC payment based on the platform.

    The reason why UnionPay supports NFC payment is that with the development of other forms of payment raised by Alipay, WeChat, etc., UnionPay has to strengthen its position.

    As the competition in the payments area is heating up, NFC payments will play a more important role in the future. Some think smart card manufacturers will benefit the most from this battle.

    Statistics from Changjiang Securities show that NFC-SIM cards is indispensable in the battle of mobile payment, and promotion of mobile payment will bring huge demands for NFC-SIM cards.

  • Editing Team 15:28 on November 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Canadian Banks Partner to Launch Ugo — NFC Mobile Wallet 

    President’s-Choice-Financial-TD-Bank-NFC-mobile-wallet-Ugo-rfid-blogCanadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group are to launch Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet, in 2014. Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, has joined as Ugo’s first retail partner, bringing its PC Plus loyalty program to the wallet.

    Consumers will be able to load their TD Visa, President’s Choice Financial MasterCard and PC Plus loyalty cards on to an NFC SIM card in their BlackBerry or Android handset. Subscribers will then be able to pay for goods at Visa PayWave and MasterCard PayPass terminals globally using their NFC phone.

    “We are very excited to be teaming up with PC Financial to develop Ugo, the first collaboration of its kind between two Canadian banks,” says TD Bank’s Teri Currie.

    “It will allow them to easily and conveniently use their President’s Choice Financial MasterCard, while also earning and redeeming their PC points in one single tap transaction at their favorite Loblaw or banner store locations.” says Barry Columb, president of President’s Choice Financial.

    Loblaw has over 1,000 stores in Canada. More major partners, debit and gift card capabilities, as well as loyalty programs will be added to Ugo in the future, Loblaw says.

  • Editing Team 15:36 on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    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”.

  • Editing Team 18:02 on October 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Telus May Soon Launch NFC-enabled SIM in Canada 


    After nearly a year of being the only NFC-based SIM supplier in Canada, it seems that Rogers is about to get some competition. An internal document spotted by MobileSyrup appears to indicate that Telus is planning on launching a new $15 NFC-enabled SIM card on October 10th.

    It is said to be compatible with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the Samsung Galaxy S III at launch, and should deliver LTE and HSPA+ speeds. Like the CIBC and Rogers deal, customers will require a credit card and a downloaded app from an eligible bank in order to make those over-the-air transactions.

    Although there is no more details than that, it is possible that you may be able to use it in the future.

  • Editing Team 12:04 on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple NFC Rumors Return 

    Apple-iPhone5S-NFC-rumors-rfid-blogThe next iPhone, the so-called iPhone 5S, is expected to be launched on September. Recently a new round of rumors that the next iPhone will include NFC has begun to appear. The rumors are based on two sources, one in the U.S. and one in China.

    The US source is an anonymous reader of PhoneArena who has told the blog that an entry has appeared in carrier Verizon’s database for “4G LTE nano NFC SIM cards”.

    The second source is Sina Weibo blogger C Technology, who has posted photos of parts of what could be the next iPhone. The lines visible in the lower half of the image are being explained by some as belonging to an NFC antenna.

    What do readers think? Are there any grounds here for thinking Apple might at last be planning to support NFC?

  • Editing Team 17:56 on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Italian Bank Partners with Vodafone to Test NFC Payments Service 

    Banca-Mediolanum-Vodafone-trial-NFC-payments-rfid-blogItalian financial services company Banca Mediolanum is working with mobile network operator Vodafone Italia to run a pilot in Milan to test NFC mobile payments.

    All 60 consumers involved are equipped with a Samsung Galaxy S III handset, pre-loaded with the bank’s mobile payment application, and containing an NFC SIM card provided by Vodafone.

    The app, developed by the bank in partnership with technology infrastructure and service provider SIA, is linked to a MasterCard prepaid card issued by the bank, called InMediolanum Conto Carta.

    Payments are deducted from the prepaid card account whenever a consumer makes a payment using their mobile phone at any contactless POS terminal. The trial is due to run until the commercial launch of the new mobile payments service, expected in early 2014.

    “The trial is taking place in Milan but we have had transactions also outside of Milan and outside Italy; some of our trialists tried the service outside the country, in England and the US.” said Banca Mediolanum.

    “The test has a double purpose; to test the new service from the technical point of view and from an experiential one, in order to collect qualitative feedback to understand properly the user experience and to position Banca Mediolanum among the first movers in Italy in the mobile payments service.”

    “During the first weeks of trial we have collected over 600 successful NFC transactions in over 200 different merchants, in Italy and outside of it.”

  • Editing Team 17:39 on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hang Seng Bank Announces NFC Payment Service in Hong Kong 


    Hang Seng Bank is bringing NFC to Hong Kong. According to a report from Inside Retail Asia, the Hong Kong-based bank, part of the HSBC Group, has launched the service through about 1,000 outlets in Hong Kong.

    Based on MasterCard’s PayPass technology, the service lets Hang Seng Bank customers with a MasterCard account and an NFC-enabled smartphone pay for purchases at merchants such as Pacific Coffee, Hung Fook Tong and Japan Home Centre by tapping their phones on contactless point of sale terminals.

    The bank said it expects the number of outlets across Hong Kong which accept the new mobile payment product to exceed 2,500 by later this summer.

    The mobile scheme requires users to get a free replacement NFC-SIM card installed in their enabled handset at PCCW-HKT stores and download the app. Once set up with the SIM and app, user can make contactless payments of HK$500 or less.

  • Editing Team 17:07 on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    China Mobile and China UnionPay Completed Integration of NFC TSM Platforms 

    China-Mobile-China-UnionPay-NFC-TSM-integration-rfid-blogChina Mobile, the world’s largest mobile network operator, and Chinese bank card association China UnionPay have announced that they have completed integration of their NFC trusted service manager (TSM) platforms.

    The completion of the work means that Chinese banks can now use China UnionPay’s TSM facility to offer customers the ability to download their bank card over the air to the secure SIM in their China Mobile NFC phone.

    The two organizations have been working together on NFC since June 2012, when they signed a partnership deal designed to lead to the commercial deployment of NFC payments in 100 Chinese cities.

    China UnionPay also plans to integrate its TSM platform with those of other Chinese mobile network operators and is working with China Mobile to expand the platform beyond payment cards to include transit cards, social security cards, student cards, access cards, mobile tickets and more.

  • Editing Team 13:14 on December 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony and Watchdata Team up to Bring NFC to More Smartphones 

    Sony-Watchdata-NFC-smartphone-rfid-blogSony has signed a deal with smart card specialist Watchdata to bring NFC technology to more smartphones.

    Watchdata’s contactless technology will be incorporate into Sony’s SIMpass solutions, which is set to commence during the opening stages of 2013. SIMpass is a SIM card-centric mobile payment technology that functions without the requirement of additional antennae.

    Sony and Watchdata will develop NFC for a “wider range of mobile phone handsets”. This means customers can make mobile payments without the need for separate hardware. The company could initially incorporate the system into its rumored Odin device, and Yuga, with the firm expecting upwards of 50 million Xperia smartphone sales in 2013.

    FeliCa, contactless payment system already utilized by Sony, is integrated into its mobiles in Asia. It’s predominately utilized to authorize mobile payments and provide digital tickets for public transport.

    “The commercially proven security and performance of FeliCa is something we want to aggressively promote in the growing NFC ecosystem,” said Mario Manabe, senior general manager of Sony’s FeliCa division. “The agreement with Watchdata allows us to adapt FeliCa technologies to more handsets and expand global market presence.”

    Sony stressed that it has more than 605 million FeliCa chips installed in devices worldwide as of July, 2012. A third of that figure is associated with mobiles, while SIMpass is mainly used across Thailand and China, with a user base of around 6 million.

  • Editing Team 00:21 on December 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Orange Partnered with China Mobile to Develop NFC-SIM Services 

    Orange-China-Mobile-SIM-NFC-service-rfid-blogA memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the France-based mobile network operator Orange and China Mobile. It “aims to accelerate the commercialization of mobile contactless services” by “integrating standardized technical protocols based on the SIM card into their respective services.”

    “By adopting internationally recognized standards for embedding the secure technical protocols directly into the SIM card, the two operators will participate in the development of a market in which users can access NFC services regardless of their device or operator,” says Orange.

    “Orange and China Mobile share a common belief that, for such services to take-off on a global scale, the industry needs to work together in order to adopt a common set of standards that operate within a fully-interoperable business platform,” the carrier adds.

    The two carriers’ goal for their partnership is to achieve:

    ■The Large-scale adoption of SIM-based NFC services and the availability of compatible devices in an open and transparent way.

    ■The interoperability of such services in a way that will lead to the emergence of a wide range of applications.

    ■The development of standardized solutions that will provide consistency across ecosystems, regardless of the mobile network operator or third party involved in providing the service, and regardless of the device used.

    “To encourage the widespread take-up of NFC services, the industry as a whole needs to find ways to offer NFC services that are simple, transparent and secure,” says Thierry Millet, Orange’s vice president of mobile payment and contactless solutions.

    “By working together with China Mobile, we hope to show that the development of a SIM-card based approach using recognized standards will be a key factor in winning over consumer confidence as NFC services become more and more prevalent over the coming years.”

    “Many major mobile network operators including China Mobile promised to adopt SIM-based NFC standards and promote the launch of new products,” adds China Mobile’s Shen Hongqun. “By signing this MoU between China Mobile and Orange, the two MNOs can cooperate in the fields of service model design, marketing strategy, product standards for mobile payment, the promotion of NFC services and handsets based on SWP-SIM and to develop a harmonized ecosystem based on standard solutions.”

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