11/29/2007 12:52:00 PM
O2 trials phone merged with credit cards
O2 has teamed up with Nokia to trial a new mobile phone that can be used as a credit card and Oyster card to use on London’s public transport.
Called the O2 Wallet, it will hold a series of cards and will be installed into a Nokia 6131 NFC (Near Field Communications) handset (pictured). Users will be able to make purchases, access events and travel around London by simply touching the phone to a reader.
Over 500 O2 customers are involved in the trial, which started this week and will run through to the end of May 2008.O2 customer director Cath Keers said: ‘Research shows that people are more likely to return home if they leave their phone behind than their wallet or keys. So why not have your wallet on your phone? We believe that NFC technology is going to fundamentally change the way people use their mobile phones.’