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Samsung Wallet – but without NFC

Today at the mobile world congress (MWC) in barcelona Samsung showed its newest innovations for the Samsung Galaxy Series Devices: The Samsung Wallet. The wallet application — which is very similar to Apple’s passbook in multiple aspects — will be available only as a developer preview at the moment. But with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S IV, the Samsung Wallet will hit the mass market. Currently it was not clear, if and which devices in the market will be able to install at the Samsung Wallet. By the Way: The Wallet will not use NFC, this feature will be left to other players such as VISA.



Spar starts to rollout NFC enabled Ingenico Terminals from card complete

Austria’s 2nd largest Retailer Spar is currently replacing its existing payment infrastructure. Today all of its stores are equipped with Hypercom Hybrid Terminals from Paylife. Since this week Spar is replacing these terminals with the Ingenico iPP H-Touch 480 from the Austrian acquirer card complete.



Paylife launches NFC

Today Austrian largest acquirer and issuer of credit cards as well as the prepaid product “Quick” — the Paylife Bank –, launched its NFC product portfolio of NFC products. PayLife launches quick kontaktlos for the customers as well as different NFC Terminals for the merchants. At beginning of 2013 a mobile NFC terminal will available and staring summer 2013 a POS terminal will be rolled out. First installations are at Thalia, Bawag (Snack Shop) as well as Fresh Soup & Salad in the PayLife headquarter.



NFC Working group Austria founded

On Sept. 17th, 2012 officially the NFC working group Austria („NFC Arbeitskreis Österreich“) was founded as part of the Chamber of Commerce, Austria. Telcos, Banks and Services provides decided to create this working group to standardize the processes required to bring NFC services in Austria to the market.



iPhone 5 without NFC

Looks like NFC for the iPhone was overhyped. When Apple announced its new smartphone today, NFC enthusiasts were disappointed. The iPhone 5 has no NFC and PassBook therefore will not allow touch interaction, although Apple holds several innovative patents for improving customer experience and several use cases.



Nokia presents NFC Wallet and Windows 8 Proximity API

Today Nokia gave the first presentation on the NFC API for the new Windows 8 devices as well as their native wallet. The new Nokia 820 and the Nokia 920 already come with the new operating system, the Nokia Wallet and provides NFC functionality. Unlikely the Nokia 610 (WP 7.5) the new device come with a completely new integration as well as SWP functionality for card emulation.



Nokia’s Lumia 920 & 820: Windows 8 and NFC

Today Nokia announced its first devices with Winows 8, the Lumia 920 and the smaller 820. These are the first Lumia phones from Nokia with the new operating system. The 920 comes with a 1,5 GHz dual core CPU (SnapDragon) and 4,5″ display (4,3″ for the 820). A 8 MP pureview Camera is also integrated as well as wireless charging (Only the 920). The device also supports NFC, whereas no technical details were give in the presentation (both 920 & 820).



Paybox NFC launches with McDonalds and Merkur

While contactless creditcards have been in the news in the recent month due to security and privacy, A1 Telekom Austria today launched their NFC payment system for low value payment “Paybox NFC”. Customers can use stickers or NFC enabled phones — 3 Blackberrys (Bold 9900, Curve 9360, Curve 9380), a Samsung phone (Galaxy SII), the most current Sony Xperia and a HTC One X with NFC SIMs have been presented as well.



BIPA’s NFC Loyalty pilot

In November 2011 T-Mobile and REWE’s Pharmacy Store Chain BIPA announced the pilot to test an NFC enabled loyalty schema. The BIPA-Card is a wide spread loyalty card for the customers of the store chain similar to other customer cards of the REWE family like the “Friends of Merkur” card or the “Billa Vorteilscard”. Currently those cards shop a simple barcode with is scanned at the POS and therefore the customer received special reward points and discounts.



Turkcell’s NFC wallet solution.

Turkey’s largest operator, Turkcell, is currently aggressively rolling out NFC devices with MasterCard’s contactless payment functionality paypass. Currently Turkcell is offering three different devices: The T11 is made by ZTE and the T20, which is manufactured by Huawei, and also know as U8650. On top the most current BlackBerry the Bold 9900 is also used for Turkcell’s wallet app, which is a SIM based solution




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