The success of the O2 Wallet trial in London is very encouraging, but it’s important to draw the right lessons from the context. In the trial, 500 Londoners were given Nokia 6131 NFC phones that had a Visa payment application and Transport for London Oyster application on board. The results were unequivocal. Nine out of ten participants were happy using NFC technology on a mobile phone and 78% said they would be interested in using contactless services. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the pervasive use of Oyster cards in London, almost nine in ten of the trial participants said that the availability of the Oyster application would influence their future choice of mobile phones. This is an astoundingly positive response to new technology, and modesty forbids me from noting Consult Hyperion’s role in the project, so I’ll let Finextra do it instead:
If you want to delve further, you can download O2’s detailed result from our web server here.
These opinions are my own (I think) and presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]