Just six weeks after announcing a partnership trial of Near Field Communication services in Singapore, EZ-Link and StarHub have completed a series of internal trials and have begun the first public trial. They have distributed handsets for a 6-month trial to a group of pre-selected customers who were selected from over 2,600 applicants. The phones contain two independent chips, one used for contactless payment and the second, which is an NFC-enabled chip. It lets participants download promotional materials or useful information such as bus route details via GPRS from smart tags embedded in selected posters using NFC. The trial allows for users to simulate using their phone for all purposes NFC enables, but does not actually use NFC to make any payments.
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