The Vodafone Mobile Wallet Service is launched

The Vodafone Mobile Wallet Service is now launched and first out service in the wallet is Vodafone SmartPass, a mobile payment app developed in partnership with Visa. Vodafone SmartPass can be funded when needed and enables customers to pay for goods with their NFC or SmartPass Tag (NFC sticker) equipped smartphone at any Visa contactless payment terminal in retailers around the world, including more than 1.2 million in Europe.

Vodafone Wallet and Vodafone SmartPass will launch in Spain now, Germany mid-December and the Netherlands, UK and Italy in spring 2014.

Read more here.

Comment. This is quite a big launch and my only concern is the quite many dependencies adding new players, like TSM and the MNO, and the need for new hardware like special SIM-cards, selection of smartphone models (eg. some NFC models) and NFC stickers for not compliant phones.

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