Poland and Germany can be the following two countries to obtain smartphone payments, powered by MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom. The SIM-based NFC solution will make use of the USA bank’s ClickandBuy service for processing and will definitely be readily available to T-Mobile consumers, presenting to Poland in Q3 of this year and Germany in 2013. This newest collaboration comes on the heels of Vodafone’s pairing with Visa, which is additionally said to be making a push for the German market. Exactly what stays to be seen is whether or not there is in fact a need for mobile payments– the modern technology has yet to take off in the United States, despite an influx of financing and infrastructure from MasterCard and Google. NFC is no doubt the future of cashless transactions, but it likely remains a couple of years away from hitting the mainstream, with compatible tools still restricted, on both the consumer and retail fronts. Hit up the links below for a closer examine DT’s push to conquer the European market, one NFC-equipped SIM card at a time. Then jump past the break for a quick intro, compliments of Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann and MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga (the 2 seemingly random gentlemen that you might have noticed above as well).
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