MWC: Mobile contactless payments trialled live at MWC

MWC: Mobile contactless payments trialled live at  MWC

The GSMA, along with companies from the mobile and financial industries, has announced a contactless mobile payments trial at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year.

Samsung, O2 parent Telefonica, and Visa, together with Giesecke & Devrient, Ingenico, ITN International and La Caixa, announced the first ever Sim-based NFC payments pilot at the conference today (15 February).

The participating companies have provided more than 400 NFC handsets to guests for use at Congress. The Samsung Star NFC handsets contain Telefonica Sim cards from O2 pre-loaded with 60 euros airtime credit as well as a La Caixa Visa Mobile Payment Application.

Participants can use their NFC phones to pay for food and drink up to a value of 75 euros at over 30 merchant locations around Congress.

'It is a fantastic achievement to bring a full payment trial to Mobile World Congress and a testament to the hard work of the partners that this cross-industry collaboration has worked so well,' said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at the GSMA.

He added: 'Mobile operators have been requesting Sim-based NFC handsets for some time now and it's great to see such progress in this area. Now that the handsets are coming, we can expect to see a number of commercial launches of mobile Sim-based NFC services this year.'

The companies said the trial intends to raise awareness of the technology, 'in anticipation of the commercial launch of these Sim-based handsets in the very near future'.

The GSMA-led project is the result of cross-industry collaboration with contributions from multiple partners.

Written by Mobile Today
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