Taiwanese Bank to Launch PayPass on microSDs in HTC NFC Phone

Jun 18 2012 (All day)

Handset maker HTC and Cathay United Bank of Taiwan, among other parties, are expected to announce plans to launch an NFC mobile-payment project putting a MasterCard PayPass credit application on microSD cards that can run in a full NFC phone model from HTC.

Giesecke & Devrient Latest to License Mifare Technology for NFC SIMs

Jun 14 2012 (All day)

Germany-based Giesecke & Devrient is the latest major smart card vendor to license Mifare technology from NXP Semiconductors, enabling G&D to put the transit fare-payment technology

Identive to Restructure; Keeps NFC Products Intact

Jun 12 2012 (All day)

Identive Group, a secure ID and NFC tag and reader maker, has announced it will cut 11% of its global workforce as part of restructuring expected to save up to $5 million this year.

Paying to Play: Planned Isis Fees Rankle Some Issuers

One or more issuers are privately complaining about fees that the Isis joint venture is seeking to charge to host their payment applications in the Isis Wallet, NFC Times has learned.

TSM Startup Hires Former Microsoft NFC Expert, Pushes 'Neutrality' Theme

U.S.-based Sequent Software hopes the addition of two NFC industry veterans, including a former NFC expert at Microsoft, will help it compete for trusted service management contracts with the top three global smart card vendors.

Discover Financial’s Emerging Payments Chief Departs for Barclaycard

Jun 18 2012 (All day)

Farhan Ahmad, who headed U.S.-based Discover Financial Services’ prepaid and emerging payments units, including its nascent NFC and contactless programs, has left Discover for UK-based issuer Barclaycard, NFC Times has learned.

Chip Maker Marvell to Demo High-Speed Wi-Fi Chip with NFC

U.S.-based Marvell Technology Group has announced that it will begin demonstrating its planned high-speed Wi-Fi chip incorporating NFC for fast pairing of ultrabooks, tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs.

AmEx Exec: NFC Could Take Four to Six Years for Widespread Deployment

It could take four to six years for widespread deployment of NFC at the retail point of sale, but the technology needs to become more than just a “form-factor change” from cards, said Dan Schulman, group president, Enterprise Growth, at American Express.

New Zealand Payments Provider and Telco Launch NFC Service on Newly Released Galaxy S III

In what is believed the first use of Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, for NFC mobile payment, consumers in New Zealand can tap the Android phone to pay for bus and taxi rides, as well as small retail purchases.

UK Post Office Announces Large Rollout of Contactless Terminals

The UK Post Office has announced it will start equipping more than 11,500 branches nationwide with contactless terminals next month, which would make it the biggest single merchant accepting contactless payment in Europe.

London Oyster Card Chief: NFC Not Ready for Fast-Paced Fare Payment

LONDON – The head of London’s large Oyster card program expressed frustration with the pace of development of NFC, complaining the technology isn’t ready for London transit riders to use to pay fares.

UK Bus Operator Trials NFC Tickets with Orange UK

Mobile operator Orange UK and bus company Stagecoach have launched a small transit ticketing trial, which they say could lead to a national rollout next year.

Turkey: Turkcell Continues Rollout of NFC Services with More Banks, Phones

Istanbul, other cities, Turkey
In progress
Apr 2011
Main Application: 
Mobile Operator: 
Service Provider (application): 
Yapı Kredi (MasterCard PayPass)
Garanti (MasterCard PayPass)
Akbank (MasterCard PayPass)
Bank Asya (KGS toll-collection)
DenizBank (MasterCard PayPass-expected)
Finansbank (MasterCard PayPass-expected)
60,000 merchant terminals in Turkey
NFC Handsets: 
T20 (Turkcell-branded Android phone made by Huawei, the U8650NFC Sonic)
Samsung S5230
BlackBerry Bold 9900
T11 (Turkcell-branded Android phone made by ZTE)
Turkcell (TSM platform developed by SmartSoft)
Secure Element: 
Other Vendors: 
MasterCard Worldwide (PayPass application), Gemalto (NFC-enabled SIM, SIM with flexible antenna), NXP Semiconductors (NFC phone chip for T20, T11 and S5230), Inside Secure (NFC phone chip for BlackBerry Bold 9900), On Track Innovations, OTI (SIM with flexible antenna)

Turkcell’s mobile wallet enables subscribers to tap their phones to pay for purchases with a MasterCard PayPass application issued by Turkish banks, including Yapı Kredi and Garanti. Subscribers need to exchange their conventional SIM cards for NFC-enabled SIMs, which costs Turkcell five times the cost of conventional SIMs. The operator launched the wallet service with the Samsung S5230, along with a bridge technology, SIMs that can connect to flexible antennas. The telco later added its own branded Android phone, made by Chinese phone maker Huawei. It plans more branded phones and services.

NFC Times Take: 

Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile operator, is among the most aggressive worldwide in rolling out NFC services. It was keen to launch NFC, but lacked the phones, among other hurdles. Impatient, it has decided to launch in the spring of 2011 with pretty much the only NFC phone available at the time that supported applications on SIM cards, the 2G touch-screen Samsung S5230. It complemented this model with bridge products. In the summer of 2011, Turkcell added its own branded Android NFC phone, the T20, which it commissioned from Chinese handset maker Huawei.

It plans more of its own phones, but the telco faces other challenges, including finding a way to get more point-of-sale terminals in the market supporting nonpayment applications, such as coupons and offers. The 60,000 bank-owned contactless terminals at merchant locations cannot support these applications. But because of multiple loyalty schemes, there are already too many POS terminals crowding merchant checkout counters. Use of the mobile wallet for payment was low as of January 2012.


* 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.
N/A: Not available or not applicable.
Last update: Jan 2012