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Confidence restored: I’m back on the wagon thanks to Pret #GemaltoNFC

I had a bit of an NFC wobble last night. The problems at Marks & Spencer and then again at WH Smiths in Waterloo really took quite a toll on my confidence in the technology. I was nigh on utterly despondent last night. It was so depressing having to bring out my credit card to […]

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Day 2 of the Contactless Challenge: Success, finally in Marks & Spencer #GemaltoNFC

I wanted to bring you up to date with yesterday’s contactless shenanigans. It was quite a stressful day. I had to really work hard to get the contactless to work in Marks & Spencer in the morning. I managed to successfully buy some postcards and then a load of goodies for the team in Richmond. […]

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Contactless at Odeon: A self-made disaster! #GemaltoNFC

I didn’t have a good evening last night when it came to contactless. Oh no. Not good at all. If you’d like to see me look a total fool, I won’t spoil the details by describing what happened. Instead, I’ll let you experience it “live” as I did. The background is simple: I intended going […]

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner thanks to contactless payments #GemaltoNFC

One of the key tasks set by the Gemalto team for the Contactless Challenge is to exist for a day using only Contactless. In practice, the Gemalto team qualified this to mean (something like) buying breakfast, lunch and dinner using just the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Yes it’s possible — but what are the practicalities? I […]

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My very first Galaxy SIII contactless experience at Timpson #GemaltoNFC

This morning I hadn’t experienced the ‘beep’ and the brief elation that comes with tapping your phone on or near a credit card payment terminal. But by midday I was rocking. I started out at Timpson, the shoe repair people. I needed to buy some shoelaces and thought this would be a reasonably safe place […]

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Contactless Challenge: All the videos from Day 1 #GemaltoNFC

What a day! It’s been quite an experience. The technology was both fantastic and (at times) rather frustrating. For those of you who weren’t able to follow it all ‘live’ (or, as ‘live’ as Vodafone’s utterly poor Richmond signal would allow), here’s the playlist. Watch them all in sequence and see what you think…

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#GemaltoNFC: My plans for the Contactless Challenge today

The MIR audience is brilliant. You’re all stars. James Body of Truphone in particular — he tweeted me this morning suggesting that I take a look at shoe-repair and photography chain, Timpson: @ew4n @mobileindustry How is the #GemaltoNFC Challenge going? There are only so many burgers that you can eat – Hurrah for Timsons ! […]

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Educating the barman at The Refinery on contactless thanks to #GemaltoNFC

The other day I had cause to be in Southwark. I had a meeting taking place near The Refinery bar and restaurant. I had a few minutes spare and popped in there to get a coke and check my email. At the bar I noticed the machine was contactless compatible. Cue #GemaltoNFC challenge! In readiness […]

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Going contactless at my local Chinese with the #GemaltoNFC challenge

It’s me again. I’ve got more flipping heartache for you regarding my attempts to flatted my rival, blogger Jon Choo, in our quest for glory with Gemalto’s Contactless Challenge. My local Chinese place has got a new credit card machine. I noticed this a few weeks ago. I presumed it would do contactless payments. So […]

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So, is that 10 points in the bag already thanks to Krispy Kreme’s dated infrastructure? #GemaltoNFC

If you haven’t read this post about the Contactless Challenge I’m doing, please check it out first. It’s got some valuable data, including the task sheet. I’m writing to you now, dear reader, about the first item on the task sheet. It reads thus: ‘Invest’ in a box of 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts with which to […]

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This week, my payments are going NFC thanks to the #GemaltoNFC contactless challenge

For the next 10 days or so I’m participating in Gemalto’s Contactless Challenge. It’s me, dear reader, pitted against blogger Jon Choo. We’ve both been issued with Samsung Galaxy SIII devices pre-loaded and ready to rock with the Orange QuickTap wallet app for Android. This uses the integrated NFC features of the Galaxy along with […]

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Found the payments bit on the Galaxy #GemaltoNFC

Stumped by the next screen though… I don’t know my pin yet…