Taiwan’s HTC Corporation is now offering customers in Chongqing City of western China an NFC-enabled smart phone geared towards mobile payments, according to Focus Taiwan.
HTC, which signed a deal last month with China Union pay to sell its ‘Stunning’ NFC handset in China, launched its latest ‘Jiang Yu banking’ phone last week through the Chongqing Rural Commercial (CRC) Bank. The handset, priced at 4,680 Chinese yuan (US$732), enables remote bill payments as well as contactless payments for retail and transit around the city.
According to Focus Taiwan, the number contactless payments terminals in Chongqing is expected to exceed 9,000 by the end of the year, while mobile banking subscribers nationwide soar past 7 million.
HTC’s head of the Asia and China Enterprise Department, Dennis Chen, says that HTC expects that this latest NFC roll out “will launch related phones with more banks.”
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