Innovation

Simplifying payments

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology lets you pay for your shopping and other everyday purchases, for using the metro, getting into your office and accessing tourist information in the city with just your mobile. No more season tickets, keys or credit cards. NFC technology allows you to carry out rapid and contactless transactions using a mobile phone.

NFC technology

Near Field Communication (NFC) technology enables fast and secure electronic transactions to be carried out using a mobile phone and offers various advantages: 

  • use your mobile phone to make payments or interact with turnstiles, readers or information tags, without having to always carry different cards and season tickets with you
  • be user-friendly 
  • guarantees fast and secure data transfer

TIM mobile wallet

Telecom Italia has been involved for some time in the development of NFC services based on the use of SIM cards in mobile phones. On the back of various pilot projects launched in recent years, Telecom Italia in 2013 built the enabling platform, worked with the main suppliers to develop commercial solutions and concluded important agreements with Visa and Intesa Sanpaolo on mobile proximity payments (NFC).

Contactless payments with a Visa card will be the key service of the "TIM mobile wallet", an “open” digital wallet that can be used to make payments for small everyday items, such as bus tickets or coffee, simply by holding up your mobile phone within range of the enabled terminal. Payments of more than 25 euros will require a password.

NFC services have significant growth prospects, since most smartphones sold today are enabled with NFC technology. By the end of 2014, there will be more than 14 million NFC mobile phones in circulation and in two years around 10% of users are expected to make use of multiple services made available by this technology.