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O2 has announced the first of the partners it will work with to roll out its ‘Mobile Wallet’ service in the second half of the year. Capabilities planned for the wallet include m-commerce, airtime top ups, contactless NFC payments and peer to peer payments.
The service will be available to all O2 customers and will eventually be pre-installed on mobile devices on sale from the operator. O2 announced partnerships with global e-payments company Wave Crest, global banking and payment technology provider FIS, digital banking solutions provider Intelligent Environments and Visa Europe to roll out the service.
Orange and Barclaycard have been working in partnership for some time on contactless payments, however they are now officially launching this service across specialist stores such as Little Chef, Wembley Arena, and Subway. Customers can make purchases of up to £15 in over 50,000 stores.
The service will be available to Orange customers who use a ‘Quick Tap’ enabled handset. To support the launch, Barclaycard is providing Orange customers with £10 cash added to their account upon activation, and 10% cash back on all Quick Tap purchases made in the first three months.
O2 has announced plans to deploy a market-changing public Wi-Fi platform in the UK, with the launch of O2 Wifi. O2’s premium hotspots will be managed through partnerships with key venue owners and will be open for all customers to access for free, no matter which mobile or broadband provider they are with.
O2 is aiming to create a scaled Wi-Fi platform that will be at least double the number of premium hotspots currently offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud combined by 2013. It will begin rollout immediately by replacing its existing 450 hotspots in its retail and office estate. It will continue to extend the reach and scale of O2 Wifi through partnerships with strategic venues, to include shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the UK.
In other Wi-Fi news, BSkyB is looking into competing with BT on Wi-Fi and is reportedly expected to announce a deal to buy Wi-Fi operator, The Cloud. The Cloud is a direct competitor with BT Openzone, BT’s Wi-Fi service which has over 2 million hotspots across the UK. The vast majority of these are BT users who have their BT Home Hub or BT Business Hub enabled as an Openzone hotspot.
In contrast, The Cloud operates over 22,000 access points across Europe, and opening this up to Sky broadband customers could prove a greater added value. Sky would also have the option then to vastly increase this network by deploying a similar system to BT where broadband users can turn their router into a publicly available wireless access point to help expand the network.