- June 28th, 2012
- Robert Zak
For now, the shift towards potential-tech-of-the-future NFC has been a tentative one, with no network or manufacturer willing to go all out by fully integrating it into everyday life. Samsung are giving it a wide-scale test at the London Olympics, but aside from that it seems that most are happy to just have NFC sitting in their phones, waiting until someone or something finds a good use for it.
It seems now that the French division of Orange are going to brave the unknown, as they are now endowing all contract customers with NFC-infused SIM cards. This means that the 27 million customers covered by this move will be able to make NFC payments using their smartphones so long as the respective business has it enabled.
This is the biggest forward-step for NFC yet, as most of the trials thus far have been much more small-scale. Furthermore, Orange have said that they’ll be rolling the NFC SIM cards out to other markets, with UK, Spain and Poland looking set to be the first in line.
Credit has to go to Gemalto for conceiving of the NFC-SIM integration solution. Thierry Millet, VP of Mobile Payments and NFC at Orange, said:
“Gemalto’s NFC solution is fully in line with our strategy to simplify and secure the use of mobile contactless services. We are committed to equipping our customers with NFC SIM cards and handsets. We are delighted to achieve a new landmark with this nationwide rollout towards our subscribers in France.”
[Source: Tech Crunch]