Vodafone Starts NFC Based Mobile Wallet Services in Germany
Published on: 13th Dec 2013
Vodafone Germany is launching its new mobile wallet with the integrated Vodafone SmartPass Visa payment application.
The Vodafone SmartPass payment app is now being launched in Dusseldorf, where there are already around 800 NFC acceptance points. In the first quarter of 2014, the service will be successively expanded across the whole of Germany.
The Wirecard Group will be handling all technical and financial services for the mobile wallet.
"With our flexible range of services comprising NFC SIM cards and stickers, every mobile phone can be fitted with the contactless function," says Frank Vahldiek, Director of Consumer Services & Innovations at Vodafone Germany.
Customers with an NFC-enabled and wallet-certified smartphone receive a SIM card with the relevant NFC function and can then pay with their Vodafone SmartPass credit at all Visa-certified contactless terminals. Owners of mobile phones without integrated NFC technology can bridge this gap by attaching a SmartPass NFC sticker to the device. The Visa card information can be used in connection with an NFC SIM card or sticker to enable contactless tap & go payment processing.
In addition, every Vodafone SmartPass user receives a normal Visa prepaid card for use at card terminals that have not yet been upgraded for NFC payment.