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Indian Rail Adds A Mobile-Booking Option

Passengers on the Indian Railways, the world’s second-largest rail network, now may use their mobile phones to book their tickets through a new offering from the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. The agency, an information-technology venture under the Ministry of Railways, launched a mobile version of its popular online ticket-booking portal on Jan. 5. […]

China UnionPay Sets A 2013 Nationwide Mobile-Payments Goal

China UnionPay has enabled more than 3.8 million merchants to accept Near Field Communication-based payments as part of a push to expand mobile-payments acceptance in China, a spokesperson for the card organization tells PaymentsSource. The company has enabled point-of-sale terminals in more than 20 provinces to accept NFC payments, according to the spokesperson. China UnionPay’s […]

Mobile Commerce Rising Rapidly In China

Mobile e-commerce is taking off rapidly in China, according to a report released Oct. 26 by the Beijing-based iResearch Consulting Group. China’s total mobile market, including not only e-commerce but also games, advertising and other value-added services, reached 10.83 billion yuan (US $1.7 billion or 1.2 billion euros) in the third quarter of this year, […]

Beijing Telecom To Support China UnionPay Mobile Payments

The Beijing branch of China Telecom Corp. Ltd. has begun enabling customers to make payments using their China UnionPay cards over its mobile network as part of a pilot that launched Oct. 20. According to the company, interested customers must upgrade their phones at any of 70 Beijing Telecom outlets around Beijing. During the upgrade, […]

SoftBank Launching Contactless-Payment Trial With Android Smartphones

SoftBank Mobile Corp. start a Near Field Communication payment pilot with smartphones powered by Android 2.2 operating system late this quarter, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of Japanese telecommunication operator SoftBank Corp. announced Jan.18. Seven other companies also will participate, including MasterCard Worldwide; Kyodo Printing Inc.; HTC Corp.; Orient Corp., Japan’s largest service provider of MasterCard PayPass […]

China Unicom Launches Mobile-Payment Service In Beijing

China’s second-largest mobile-network operator China has begun offering a contactless mobile-payment service in Beijing. Launched Dec. 31, the service is based on a SIMpass card, the Near Field Communication technology provided by Singapore-based Watchdata Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The SIMpass card is compatible with mobile phones using 2G networks, a Beijing-based Unicom customer service representative tells […]

PayPal Seeks To Set Up Its First Foreign Currency Clearing Platform In China

PayPal Inc. this year will set up its first foreign currency settlement platform in Chongqing, China, along with five international e-commerce centers under an agreement the unit of eBay Inc. signed with the Chongqing Municipal Government on Dec. 28. “Chongqing has plans become the financial-services center of western China, and we are happy to support […]

China Telecom Expands Mobile-Payment Service To Ningbo

China’s largest telecommunication operator China Telecom Ltd. is partnering with the Bank of China Ltd. and China UnionPay to offer a mobile-payment service in the city of Ningbo in China’s Zhenjiang province. The service, dubbed the Tianyi Great Wall Card, uses SIMpass Near Field Communication technology developed by Singapore-based Watchdata Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and complies […]

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