And so the NFC juggernaut inches a little further forward: mobile provider O2 has announced a new range of partners for its mobile payments services, and says it is “committed to launching a mobile wallet service during the second half of 2011”.
The platform will provide the latest evolution in the payment services offered by the network, and looks likely to include support for NFC payments on smartphones with the technology on board.
The announcement of the payment services roadmap over on the O2 News Centre blog focuses mainly on the corporate aspects of the scheme, revealing that Intelligent Environments, Wave Crest, FIS and Visa Europe have been lined up as partners.
But it also goes into detail on the individual elements set to roll out later in the year to O2 subscribers, all of which will appear under the O2 Money banner.
“O2 has committed to launching a mobile wallet service during the second half of 2011 which will start the process of taking the contents of the physical wallet and putting them on a mobile phone,” the network says.
“Capabilities planned for the wallet include m-commerce, airtime top ups, contactless / NFC payments and peer-to-peer payments.”
The digital wallet app, which will be developed by Intelligent Environments, will be compatible with “a wide range of mobile devices”. Presumably this will include whatever NFC-capable handsets are around at the time, though we assume it's not a necessity, unless O2's concept of a wide range is a lot narrower than our own.