MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom just announced a partnership to bring SIM-based NFC services to Europe. Poland and Germany will be the first ports of call, with Poland getting a full-scale rollout of tag-based payments in parallel with a slower trial-based run in Germany. A mobile wallet service will follow in 2013. This means that Europe, ever ahead of the U.S. on mobile payment tech, will get yet another mobile payments service--Visa has confirmed the launch of its V.me system set to debut in Spain and France in August this year, and Orange announced a nation-wide rollout of NFC-enabled SIM for all new subscribers in home country France.
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