T-Mobile USA Launching Mobile Payments in 2012
Deutsche Telekom, corporate parent of T-Mobile USA, today announced plans to roll out mobile payment using NFC technology in multiple countries in 2011-2012, including the US. T-Mobile USA will roll out NFC starting in 2011, with a full payment system following in 2012 through its previously-announced ISIS joint venture with AT&T and Verizon. Deutsche Telekom announced that it expects NFC phones in 2011 from Apple, Samsung in Q2, and RIM & LG in Q3. The company expects mobile payments replacing cash to be the most popular use for NFC technology, followed by mobile ticketing for services such as public transportation. T-Mobile's Mobile Wallet will also support loyalty programs, such as supermarket discount cards, and sport multiple security features, including protection against phone theft or loss. On a global scale, the company will start mobile payment services in 2011 in Germany and Poland, with the US, Netherlands, and Czech Republic following in 2012.
from Deutsche Telekom
Google Launching Android Pay Today
Google said it is making Android Pay, its reborn mobile payment service, available to Android handsets beginning today. The app will be pushed to small batches of users over the next week, according to Google.
Microsoft May Give Windows 10 Mobile Payments
Microsoft is weighing what to do with the mobile wallet app that's part of the Windows 10 Mobile platform. The operating system already has a basic wallet app (since Windows Phone 8) for storing credit card and loyalty card data, but it stops short of making mobile payments.
CVS, Rite Aid Shut Out Apple Pay
CVS and Rite Aid have disabled the NFC-based payment systems within their stores, effectively preventing consumers from using Apple Pay to make tap-and-go payments. Spokesperson Ashley Flower said Rite Air "does not currently accept Apple Pay" and that Rite Aid is "still in the process of evaluating out mobile payment options." CVS did not provide a comment, but Apple Pay worked in CVS stores when the service launched on October 20 and and ceased to work over the weekend.
Softcard 'Working with Apple' to Work on iPhone 6
Softcard, the mobile payment venture backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, today said it is "actively working with Apple to enable Softcard on the iPhone in 2015," according to CEO Michael Abbott. Softcard said Apple's decision to support NFC is "very significant and sets the stage for rapid scale adoption of mobile commerce." Softcard (the new brand name for Isis) has been available to Android smartphones since November 2013 and the iPhone via a special case since early 2014.
Deutsche Telekom Shopping T-Mobile to Comcast
Deutsche Telekom is discussing with Comcast the possibility of the cable firm buying T-Mobile US. Deutsche Telekom is talking to several other companies, including Dish Networks, but Comcast is seen as the primary contender thanks to its stronger finances.