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Hong Kong underground gets pay-by-bonk

The Octopus card, used to pay for tubes, buses, ferries and trams in Hong Kong, is now available as an NFC app for download onto an operator SIM, making pay-by-bonk a reality in the Chinese administrative area. The app will only run on a handful of Sony phones, and NFC player Gemalto is providing 5,000 new NFC-enabled SIM …
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2013
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Yes, UK fanbois, you can now use iPhones as bonking aids!

Following EE's Android-based wallet, the iPhone has finally got into the Near Field Communications bonking game with a sled from Device Fidelity and a service from Moneto, bringing the joy of bonking to all. EE's service, which launched last week, is limited to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3 LTE. Prepaid mobe wallet service …
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2013
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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

Analysis High-street socks'n'frocks chain Marks and Spencer is accused of quietly taking money from shoppers' contactless bank cards at the tills. The accusations come from Radio 4's Money Box listeners, who called in to report that M&S had billed cards in purses and handbags over the air, unbeknownst to customers who had intended to …
Bill Ray, 20 May 2013
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Canadian TV station wails: NFC bonking... it's not SAFE

Another North American TV network has discovered credit card numbers can be read using a phone, and whipped itself into a media frenzy due to its failure to understand how NFC works. This time it's Canadian outfit CBC News, last time it was Memphis-based News Channel 3, but the facts remain the same: an NFC-equipped card will …
Bill Ray, 29 Apr 2013
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TREELLION DOLLAR mobe bonk-bank alliance goes for barcodes

The consortium of US retailers hoping to own pay-by-bonk have signed Gemalto to process their payments, revealing that on-screen bar codes lie at the centre of the scheme. The consortium, branded the Merchant Customer Exchange or MCX, was launched last August with the intention of hosting a standard platform for mobile-phone …
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2013
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Orange offers €40k for the best bit of NFC bonking

France Telecom-Orange is offering forty grand in prize money to best applications using NFC, with a €5K bonus if it relies on an Orange SIM too. The competition is being run by the French arm of Orange, so the details are in French, but it's open to anyone who has a good idea for an NFC app and is looking for a some financial …
Bill Ray, 22 Feb 2013
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Apple tech FOUND ON ANDROID: Passbook gets pay-by-bonk

While Apple and its Android rivals fight like cat and dog over smartphones, one piece of mobile technology from the iPhone maker has wound up on Google-powered devices. Apple's Passbook app can store money-off vouchers, gift tokens, flight boarding passes and such paperwork, and flashes barcode-ish QR codes on iThing screens …
Bill Ray, 15 Feb 2013
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Disney World slaps pay-by-bonk stalker cuffs on grown-ups

Disney World is going RFID, replacing tickets and wallets with pay-by-bonk wrist bands, and offering an enhanced service for those who want to be greeted by name around the park. The basic service, MyMagic+, is an RFID wristband which identifies each punter, allowing them to store FastPasses and upload credit card details so …
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2013
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China Mobile to reveal how 10 MILLION people will BONK

The world's largest mobile operator, China Mobile, will launch its NFC platform on 5 December, showing the technology it plans to push into 10 million Chinese palms next year. The SIM-based platform will, according to NFC World, be launched at the operator's Worldwide Developers Conference next week, and get into punters' …
Bill Ray, 3 Dec 2012
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Wave of the Future? Smartphone NFC used to buy stuff ONLINE

Mastercard has started trials of online payments using the secure element in an NFC handset in France, and it looks like it could quickly become the standard way to buy stuff on the internet. The trial involves 160 staff at ING Bank in Paris, who've been given Galaxy SIII handsets and a PayPass account to play with. When …
Bill Ray, 8 Nov 2012
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Operators turn UK bonking consortium into Google-killer

The UK's central clearing house for mobile advertising now has a name, and a logo. But you won't find any mention of NFC, despite that being the original intention of the consortium before its rebrand as Weve, a business-to-business service "primarily aimed at advertisers looking to engage in mobile commerce". Project Oscar – …
Bill Ray, 29 Oct 2012
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Inventor sues Google Wallet over NFC loyalty patent

Loyalty scheme pioneer Peter Sprogis is taking Google to court, claiming that the search engine's NFC Wallet infringes his 2007 patent on adding loyalty to pay-by-bonk apps. Sprogis is based in Florida, but the case will be heard in patent-holder-friendly Delaware and was spotted by Startups and IP Strategy. The patent in …
Bill Ray, 26 Oct 2012
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HTC Droids get working bonk-payment NFC setup in China

HTC and China Merchants Bank have launched a mobile wallet, allowing owners of HTC Android smartphones to pay for stuff wirelessly by tapping their phone on the till or what have you. The technology is stored in a secure chip in the handset and thus is available without approval, or notification, of the network operator. The …
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2012
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ISIS puts off US NFC pay-by-bonk bid

A consortium of US operators backing the ISIS electronic wallet platform has admitted that a promised "summer" NFC payments launch is not going to happen, but isn't saying what the new schedule is or even if there is one. ISIS was supposed to launch in Salt Lake City and Austin during the summer, but with the official end of …
Bill Ray, 14 Sep 2012
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Google whips away card, leaves just clouds in your Wallet

Google is pulling its pre-paid credit card, citing the success of its cloudy alternative and admitting that when in comes to bonking payments no one wants to bank with the Chocolate Factory. The pre-paid card will stop accepting top-up credit on 17 October, and after that date there will be a monthly charge of $2 in order to …
Bill Ray, 12 Sep 2012
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MasterCard beds Everything Everywhere for exclusive pay-by-bonk

MasterCard has signed an exclusive deal to develop a pay-by-wave platform for Everything Everywhere over the next half decade – hopefully one with greater impact than the existing QuickTap service. The first product of the deal will be a co-branded payment platform, using Near Field Communications (NFC) to facilitate pay-by- …
Bill Ray, 28 Aug 2012
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PayPal drops into McDonalds, begs meat-guzzlers to give it a bonk

Thirty McDonalds outlets* in France will be accepting PayPal, using the eBay-owned processor's mobile client, as companies race to become the default mobile payment platform whether customers want it or not. The deployment is only a trial, and Reuters notes that (in common with McDonalds branches around Europe) the sites are …
Bill Ray, 21 Aug 2012
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Gemalto gets NFC gig: Singapore punters will all bonk the same way

Operators, banks and loyalty schemes in Singapore can now use a common API to interact using short-range radio tech Near Field Communications, while in Europe similar schemes continue to flounder. The scheme was commissioned by the Infocomm Development Authority, a department of the Singapore government, which has asked …
Bill Ray, 7 Aug 2012

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