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debra kiefer

thanks for the time line.

Tim McAnulty

Here's another announcement (Sept 05, 2007, http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=133086)

Austrian commuters can buy train tickets, and snacks, with their mobile phones thanks to Mobilkom Austria AG & Co. KG 's new mobile payment service that uses near field communication (NFC) technology. (See Mobilkom Intros NFC Services and Mobilkom Expands Empire.)

Commuters simply hold their NFC-enabled mobile phone in front of a designated touch pad at the train station and the ticketing system generates an SMS message for the user to accept and send. The charge for the fare is added to the user's Mobilkom phone bill.

I think a combination NFC and RFID built on top of SMS will be the most user-friendly method of enabling mobile payments

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