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PayPass Phones

A three to six month pilot of “Near Field Communication”-enabled mobile phones with “PayPass” is getting underway in New York City. Citigroup, MasterCard, Cingular Wireless and Nokia have teamed for the project. Pre-selected “Citi MasterCard” cardholders with Cingular Wireless accounts are participating in the trial and will receive Nokia NFC-enabled mobile phones with MasterCard “PayPass” payment functionality. NXP Semiconductors developed the NFC technology and chips for the NFC-enabled mobile phones in the New York City trial to facilitate secure, contactless communication between two devices. Giesecke & Devrient developed the “Over the Air” personalization software that allows for the process of initializing the mobile phone with the information it needs to conduct secure transactions. ViVOtech provided NFC software and services to enable the trial working in concert with the partners. Trial participants can also take part in the New York City Subway contactless transit fare payment trial sponsored by Citigroup, MasterCard Worldwide, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and MTA New York City Transit. For more information visit: “”:

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