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  • Editing Team 12:32 on September 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Vodafone and Orange to launch NFC payments in Spain 

    Both Vodafone and Orange are to launch NFC payments services using prepaid cash accounts in Spain this year.

    Vodafone has announced that all its customers will be able to use Vodafone SmartPass to make mobile payments from a Visa prepaid card account at over 250,000 stores across Spain by the end of 2013.

    Customers with an NFC phone will be able to add a Vodafone SmartPass app to their device. Those without will be offered a contactless sticker that can be attached to their phone for safe keeping.

    Vodafone also hopes to incorporate credit and debit cards from other financial institutions in 2014, as well as adding discount coupons and loyalty programs to the service.

    “Vodafone SmartPass assumes the next step in the revolution of smartphones because it allows our customers to benefit from the simplicity, safety, speed and convenience of managing their day-to-day transactions by just having their phone,” says Iñaki Cabrera, director of m-commerce at Vodafone Spain.

    Orange, meanwhile, has announced that it will launch its Orange Cash service in Spain, in conjunction with MasterCard, during the fourth quarter of 2013. Customers will be able to make payments via NFC using a prepaid Orange Cash account that can be topped up from an existing credit card. A physical card will also be available for customers without an NFC phone.

     
  • Editing Team 11:39 on February 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Orange Israel Launched NFC Stickers Package in the Country 

    Orange-Israel-NFC-stickers-package-rfid-blogOrange Israel, one of the largest mobile carriers in Israel, introduced an NFC tag package to its country-wide customer base in October 2012.

    The Orange NFC stickers package contains three NFC stickers equipped with Smartrac NFC inlays. Smartrac supplied the project with Circus NTAG 203 NFC inlays while Tadbik Group collaborated with NFC Israel to support the rollout.

    The three NFC stickers are preconfigured with a set of activities. Users can interact with the preconfigured content or overwrite it using a dedicated app called Orange NFC app. The Orange NFC app is preinstalled on Orange Israel’s Android-based NFC phones and can also be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

    The end user can use the NFC stickers in a variety of ways. By tapping the sticker, users can, for example, open an installed app, enable or disable WiFi/Bluetooth, display text, open a URL, set an alarm, and more. Users can also define “duo actions”, which means that a sticker will cause the NFC-enabled phone to perform one set of actions on the first tap and a different set of actions on the second tap. The “duo action” can, for example, be used to reduce the phone’s ring volume at night and turn it back up again in the morning.

    The Orange tag package is available through Orange points of sale throughout the country.

     
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