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Multiple NFC projects in Singapore

Thursday 13 September 2007

SingTel (Singapore Telecom) announced its collaboration with NETS (Network For Electronic Transfers) for a trial that will take place before end of 2007. While NETS is looking at ways to make mobile payments pervasive across the economy,

SingTel is hoping to expand the usage of mobile NFC. SingTel users will be able to download an mNETS application into their mobile phones via GPRS. This will allow the mobile users to store and later top up the value on the mNETS in their phones any time. To pay for purchases, users can use NETS FlashPay by simply flashing the mobile phone at NETS contactless terminals. Users can store up to SGD 500 (EUR 238) in their mNETS wallets and use the existing wireless infrastructure to make a SGD 40 (EUR 19) top-up per phone every day, using pre-registered credit cards from local banks DBS, OCBC or UOB. Nets says it also aims provide an m-ticketing system for transport based on the mNETS application by 2010.

For a start, electronic coupons known as mNETS Coupons, offering discounts and freebies, will be available for download with an NFC-enabled phone. All users will have to do is simply flash their NFC enabled mobiles on mNETS Posters or billboards to download the mNETS Coupon that will be offered by participating merchants, including Cheers and FairPrice Xpress, K Box, Cathay Cineplexes and Yoshinoya Restaurants.

SingTel said it would put out 200 Nokia 6131 NFC for consumers by the end of this year as part of the trial. It is also exploring possibilities with different companies like Motorola and Ericsson.

EZ-Link, the operator of the contactless card used on Singapore public transport network announced it has partnered with StarHub, the second mobile network operator. Under the EZ-Link-StarHub partnership, NFC will be primarily integrated into mobile phones, turning these phones into payment devices that could soon be accepted at over 20,000 EZ-link terminals on buses, trains and at retail locations that accept EZ-link payment. Besides being able to use their NFC-enabled mobile phones as a means of payment at all EZ-link acceptance points, users could also use them for other innovative contactless mobile phone applications. EZ-Link is originally based on Sony FeliCa technology, so the NFC application will need to prove to be compatible with FeliCa.