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
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
'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
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.