Vodafone is enabling customers to add loyalty cards and membership cards to its ‘mobile wallet’ app.
Although the application hasn’t yet been launched in the UK, it’s already available in a number of European countries.
Both Visa and MasterCard have made separate announcements about taking advantage of Host Card Emulation (HCE) within the Android operating system to offer more mobile payment options.
HCE allows an NFC application on an Android device to emulate a ‘smart’ payment card, which avoids the need for payment details to be uploaded to a SIM card.
Vodafone has launched its mobile wallet in Europe, enabling customers to pay by touching a compatible smartphone against a retailer’s NFC reader.
It’s the first European mobile payment service built on the secure GlobalPlatform open standard.
Visa Europe and Orange have announced a partnership to encourage the use of mobile-based contactless payments in France.
They’re starting by launching a service called Orange Cash, which will enable Orange customers with an NFC-equipped smartphone to make contactless payments.
Podcast - 29th May 2013
This week's podcast begins with a report about a delay - or perhaps even cancellation - for the UK launch of HTC's Facebook phone, the HTC First.
We then move on to Vodafone's results, an Android app scare for Sky, Samsung's successes, contactless payments, potentially life-saving QR codes and an uncomfortable story about a smuggled mobile phone.