GSMA and Members Back SIM-Based NFC
The GSMA today announced that 45 of its network operator partners have agreed to back near-field communications solutions that make use of NFC-equipped SIM cards. In the U.S., the ISIS joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless has sided with the GSMA and backs the SIM-based NFC solution, leaving Sprint and Google apart with their stand-alone NFC-based mobile payment service. Other notable carriers that have agreed to support NFC SIMs include: China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, SFR, SK Telekom, Softbank Mobile, TeliaSonera, and Vodafone. In addition to the strong show of support from carriers, the GSMA also announced that it has published handset and SIM requirements that define common handset APIs (application programming interfaces) to support SIM-based NFC services. The GSMA believes that these requirements will help to ensure that SIM-based NFC services are available to the maximum number of handsets, operators, and customers.
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