T-Mobile Poland Launches NFC Wallet
T-Mobile in Poland unveiled its planned NFC commercial service, planning to launch before the end of the month with a credit application issued by Polbank EFG that supports MasterCard PayPass.
The announcement followed one By Orange Poland of its own NFC payments service, with a prepaid mobile payment card, Orange Cash, issued by BRE Bank.
Orange beat T-Mobile with the announcement but T-Mobile appears intent on actually launching its NFC service first. According to an announcement by Polbank, the T-Mobile launch will happen Oct. 29, two days ahead of Orange Poland’s planned Nov. 1 start.
Orange is expected to have more NFC phones available for its project. An Orange Poland spokesperson confirmed to NFC Times that nine smartphones would be available supporting applications on NFC SIMs, including the Galaxy S III, HTC One X, Nokia 808 Pure View, two BlackBerry models and three Sony Xperia phones. A report said T-Mobile would have three phones enabled at launch, the Galaxy S III and two Nokia models, though T-Mobile was not available to confirm that.