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Nokia and more operators join Pay-Buy Mobile

Thursday 3 May 2007

The objective is to define a common global approach to using NFC technology to link handsets with payment and contactless systems.

Now, Nokia, and KPN (Netherlands), Maxis Communications (Malaysia), mobilkom Austria, O2 (UK), Orange (France, UK, …), SFR (France), SingTel (Singapore), SK Telecom (Korea), Vodafone (UK, Germany, USA, …) and Wind (Italy) are joining the Pay-Buy Mobile initiative. They join the original 14 operators who started the initiative: Cingular Wireless (USA), China Mobile, KALL (Faroe Islands), KTF (South Korea), MCI (USA), MTN (South Africa), NTT DoCoMo (Japan), Rogers Wireless (Canada), Smart Communications (Philippines), Telenor (Norway), TeliaSonera (Sweden and Finland), Telecom Italia, Turkcell (Turkey), and Vimpelcom (Russia). Samsung Electronics and LG electronics are also involved in building the first handsets implementing the PayBuy Mobile model, and MasterCard is also involved in the workgroup.

Trials are scheduled to begin in October in a bid to start turning the vision into reality. The first pilot has been run by KTF in Korea, who is leading the Pay Buy Mobile project.