The French cellular operator SFR is to issue its own branded rechargeable MasterCard PayPass card as a first step towards providing its own near-field communication (NFC) mobile payment service, NFC World reports. The new SFR PayPass card will be available from October to anyone in France, whether they are an SFR customer or not. The card carries an annual fee of EUR14.90 (USD19.18), is valid for one year and comes with both Android and iOS apps and SMS alerts that allow cardholders to track their account from their mobile phone. The mobile payment card ‘can be recharged by cash, credit card or by bank transfer for free,’ SFR says, and can also be used to transfer funds between two accounts.
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