Russian carriers launch joint NFC ticketing service in Kazan
Russian mobile network operators MTS, MegaFon, Vimpelcom and Rostelecom have launched a joint NFC public transportation service in the city of Kazan, in partnership with Transport Card and the GSM Association (GSMA).
Customers then deposit money into a dedicated prepaid Mobile Ticket account with their mobile network operator and funds are deducted from that account each time they tap their phone to a ticketing machine.
Subscribers with standard mobile phones can also use the service by obtaining an NFC antenna add-on available at any of the telcos' stores, either free or for a small fee. Connecting to the service is free and there is no monthly charge to use it.
When the balance in their Mobile Ticket accounts goes under 50 rubles (US$1.52), 100 rubles (US$3.04) is automatically transferred into the user's account from their mobile account with the carrier.
Marat Shakira, director of MTS in the Republic of Tatarstan, said: "Payment of public transport with a mobile phone [is] a great example of how modern technology can improve the quality of life of citizens.