Maxis unveils FastTap service

  • Business
  • Friday, 10 Apr 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Communications Bhd, in collaboration with Nokia, Visa, Maybank and Touch ‘n Go, has launched Maxis FastTap, an integrated mobile payment service that utilises near-field communication (NFC) technology.

With the service, customers could use their Nokia 6212 Classic phones to purchase goods and services at more than 1,800 Visa payWave merchant locations as well as pay for toll, transit, parking and theme park charges at over 3,000 Touch ‘n Go points nationwide, Maxis said.

The service was now offered with the Nokia 6212 Classic phone embedded with an NFC chip to enable secure, contactless payments and transactions, as well as to able to read and download information, it said in a statement.

According to Maxis, the launch of the FastTap service marked a few “first-in-the-world” milestones for contactless mobile payments using NFC, a shot-range wireless technology that allows communications between devices at close range.

“It is the first global service that integrates mutiple NFC applications for contactless credit card and Touch ‘n Go electronic payment for transit, toll and parking on the same device,” it said.

FastTap was the first commercial service in the world that featured over-the-air personalisation of credit card information over a mobile service operator’s network using the Trusted Service Manager interface, the company said.

It was also the first global commercial service using Visa payWave and Nokia mobile phone, it added.

“The launch of Maxis FastTap is a landmark achievement in our efforts to constantly bring innovation that can positively impact the lives of Malaysian mobile users,” said Maxis chief executive officer Sandip Das. — Bernama

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