Vodafone SmartPass is Starting, Supported by Wirecard
MUNICH and ASCHEIM, Germany, November 22, 2013
MUNICH and ASCHEIM, Germany, November 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Vodafone Group is starting its mobile payment service Vodafone SmartPass in
Spain, being supported by Wirecard Group for the entire payment process. The
official launch is planned for the end of November. Germany, the UK and The
Netherlands as well as other countries to follow step-by-step.
Dr. Christian Wirtz, Vodafone Group Director mCommerce commented: "After
months of intensive preparations we are looking forward to going live in
Spain. We are convinced that contactless payments using smartphones will gain
pace from 2014, and that our customers will value, in particular, the added
value that our mobile services offer."
Wirecard is supporting Vodafone as a technical service provider when
implementing the mobile payment application for various mobile phone types.
Furthermore Wirecard is responsible for the creation, implementation and
operations of all technical processes. This includes the issuing and payment
processing of physical and digital Visa cards. Cards are issued by Wirecard
Card Solutions Ltd., a Wirecard group company.
"The Vodafone Group is launching a mCommerce strategy with its Vodafone
SmartPass which will re-define payment behavior to date. We are providing
Vodafone with an end-to-end ecosystem - starting with registration, and
spanning technical processing, through to financial services," added
Dr.Markus Braun, Wirecard's CEO.
Vodafone SmartPass customers with an NFC-enabled mobile phone can start
straight away and use their Vodafone NFC-SIM card to make contactless payments
at the point of sale (POS) from their Vodafone SmartPass credit balance.
Wirecard will provide NFC tags for mobile phone models which are not
NFC-enabled. These tags are attached to the phone. In addition, each Vodafone
SmartPass user receives a supplementary physical Visa card for use at the POS.
Users also benefit from useful functions such as the opportunity to send money
to other registered Vodafone SmartPass users, to load credit balances directly
in the App, a detailed transaction overview, and automated notices of flows of
money. Customers can use a multi-lingual help desk, provided by Wirecard's
call center infrastructure.
Vodafone is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies by
revenue with approximately 411 million customers in its controlled and jointly
controlled markets as of 30 September 2013. Vodafone has equity interests in
telecommunications operations in nearly 30 countries and around 50 partner
networks worldwide. For more information, please visit:
Wirecard AG is one of the world's leading independent providers of outsourcing
and white label solutions for electronic payment transactions. The Wirecard
Group has been supporting companies in accepting electronic payments from all
sales channels. A global multi-channel platform bundles international payment
acceptances and methods, supplemented by fraud prevention solutions. When it
comes to issuing their own payment instruments in the form of cards or mobile
payment solutions, Wirecard provides companies with an end-to-end
infrastructure, including the requisite licenses for card and account
Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN
http://www.wirecard.com | http://www.wirecardbank.com |
Wirecard Media Contact:
Wirecard AGMaren Brandt Einsteinring 35 D-85609 Aschheim / MunichGermany Ph.:
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