Vodafone Germany has introduced a new mobile wallet with the integrated Vodafone SmartPass Visa payment application on 13 December 2013 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
All the technical and financial services for the Vodafone SmartPass card solution will be managed by the Wirecard Group. It includes issuing both plastic and digital Visa cards for the wallet through the Wirecard Card Solutions subsidiary.
The company plans to expand the service across the whole of Germany in the first quarter of 2014.
Vodafone will offer a SIM card with the relevant NFC function to customers with an NFC-enabled and wallet-certified smartphone. They can pay with their Vodafone SmartPass credit at all Visa-certified contactless terminals.
Customers without integrated NFC technology can attach a SmartPass NFC sticker to the device to use this service.
Users can use the Visa card information in connection with an NFC SIM card or sticker to enable contactless tap & go payment processing.
Using the app, users can also top-up their card account at any time. Every Vodafone SmartPass user receives a normal Visa prepaid card for use at card terminals that have not yet been upgraded for NFC payment.
Image: Vodafone Germany has introduced a new mobile wallet with the integrated Vodafone SmartPass Visa payment application, Photo: courtesy of Wirecard AG.