China Unicom launches NFC payments service in Beijing

The Beijing branch of mobile network operator China Unicom has launched an NFC service in conjunction with Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co (BMAC).

BMAC operates the Yikatong card, a contactless stored value card which can be used to make payments on Beijing’s buses, subway system, in taxis and in retail stores.

The new ‘All-in-One Mobile Card’ being introduced by China Unicom and BMAC uses Watchdata’s SIMpass technology. This comes in two options: A SIM+antenna solution that can be retrofitted to existing handsets and two mobile phone models which come with the antenna built-in.

According to China Payments News:

Users are also able to check their balance and payment transaction history via the STK menu, text message or the hotline provided by China Unicom. They can top-up the BMAC account via cash at BMAC’s kiosks or over the air. In near future, top-up via bank card or loyalty points will be available as well.

China Unicom Beijing branch has one million mobile phone users. There are 30 million BMAC cards in circulation now.

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  1. Guess the Chinese are going to be the leaders in NFC if this aggressive action continues. Still would like to know how many retailers are outfitted with terminals?

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