Update: StarHub has now expanded its selection of NFC-ready devices to include both Samsung Galaxy S III LTE and Galaxy Note II. The StarHub NFC SIM card activation fee of $37.45 for new customers and $21.40 for existing customers will be waived until the end of January 2013. In addition, the SmartWallet Value-Added Service activation fee will be waived until the end of March 2013. The prevailing one-time charges apply thereafter. For more information, please visit http://www.starhub.com/smartwallet.
StarHub has partnered DBS, EZ-Link, and MasterCard to introduce SmartWallet, a NFC (Near Field Communication) app. It was announced earlier that StarHub, DBS, and EZ-link are part of the consortium which developed an interoperable mobile NFC infrastructure and mobile payment services in Singapore.
With SmartWallet, StarHub's mobile customers will be able to use three contactless payment cards, the DBS One.Tap, NFC ez-link purse, and NFC FEVO Pre-paid MasterCard, on NFC-enabled smartphones. SmartWallet will offer users a virtual DBS MasterCard PayPass card called One.Tap, so customers can pay for goods or services quickly and securely at more than 20,000 DBS and MasterCard PayPass merchant partners in Singapore at a single tap of the smartphone. Existing DBS card members may apply for One.Tap through DBS Internet or mobile banking anytime. SmartWallet users can also tap their smartphones to make retail payment with ez-link purse wherever EZ-Link card payments are accepted, as well as to make payment at MasterCard merchant locations for NFC FEVO pre-paid MasterCards issued by EZ-Link.
Also, customers can browse, download, and redeem coupons instantly while making a purchase at DBS and MasterCard partner merchants like Comfort Taxi, Watsons, Toys R Us, PastaMania, and Shaw Theatres, just to name a few. Additional payment functionalities will soon include the use of SmartWallet to apply for, store and manage cards from various payment schemes, including those offered by DBS, EZ-Link, MasterCard and Visa, from the smartphone anytime, anywhere. In addition, customers will soon get to buy and download electronic tickets to movies and events, earn and redeem loyalty points, top-up StarHub Mobile pre-paid cards, and pay for bus and train trips, among others.
SmartWallet and its contactless payment and lifestyle services will be commercially launched later this month. Customers with an NFC-enabled smartphone will need to convert to a StarHub NFC SIM card and subscribe to the free StarHub NFC value-added service, then go to Google Play to download the SmartWallet app.
Sony Xperia Sola (carried exclusively by StarHub), Samsung Galaxy S lll, and Sony Xperia S, are three NFC-enabled Android smartphone models approved for secure NFC payment service by various global payment standards authorities. The list of NFC-compatible smartphone models will be expanded progressively. For customers’ convenience, StarHub will pre-load the SmartWallet app in approved smartphone models sold at StarHub Shops and authorised dealers.
For customers to experience contactless lifestyle services, StarHub will offer a new way to instantly enjoy StarHub Music Store goodies at launch. SmartWallet users just need to tap their NFC-enabled smartphone on StarHub’s Smart Posters displayed at selected StarHub Shops and StarHub’s roadshows to download a mystery music track for free.