Vodafone To Launch Mobile Wallet Service Next Year; Inks Deals With M-Commerce Company, CorFire, Digital Security Firm Gemalto

Initial Vodafone wallet rollout will be with NFC powered Android mobile phones across Europe.

TechCrunch

Yet another mobile wallet is lining up to replace your leather-wrapped bundle of plastic: Vodafone Group, which owns and operates the Vodafone mobile carrier brands, is partnering with m-commerce company CorFire to bring NFC-powered mobile wallet capabilities to its smartphone users next year. In a release put out by CorFire today, it said it would be “providing mobile wallet capabilities to Vodafone Group, enabling Vodafone’s customers to use their smartphones to conduct a number of transactions, including paying for goods and services at the point of sale, during 2013”.

CorFire confirmed to TechCrunch that the initial focus for the Vodafone rollout will be NFC enabled Android devices. It added: “CorFire, through its CorPay solution, is helping Vodafone create a virtual mobile wallet which will eventually allow consumers to move their physical wallets – everything from credit and debit cards to membership and travel cards – into their smartphones.

“The solution…

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