BNP Paribas and Orange have have announced a partnership to launch mobile banking services in France.
Starting this November, BNP Paribas will be able to offer mobile banking through all of its 2,250 branches, enabling customers to manage their accounts and make payments using their mobile phones.
To accelerate the service, the partners say they aim to equip thousands of BNP Paribas customers with smart phones over a three-year period.
According to Orange, BNP Paribas was one of the first banks to offer contactless mobile payments in France with a pilot launched last summer in Nice. The bank says it plans to extend this pilot to other large French cities.