Microsoft Shows Off New WP Wallet Hub, NFC (images)September 24, 2012 No Comments
Microsoft has begun to show off the new Wallet Hub for Windows Phone 8. John Skovron, group program manager for Windows Phone 8, showed off the capabilities of the new NFC-enabled wallet at the NFC World Congress last week.
He explained that although most Windows Phone 8 devices are coming with NFC, it and wallet are independent of each other and only meet in the middle for mobile payments.
Standard NFC on Windows Phone 8 will include things like Tap+Share, Tap to Pair, reading tags, etc. Wallet will include bank apps, WP store deals, offers, tickets and passes, coupons, etc. When both are combined, you can tap to pay for the full experience.
The wallet has its own PIN and cards that can be used with the wallet will be called “Fast Cards”. Users will be able to choose whether a particular card can be used only for mcommerce payments or for NFC payments or for both and can select whether cards will always be available or only when the wallet is active. Adding a new card will also prompt the user about other services from the card issuer by suggesting, for instance, that they download the issuer’s app as well as the card.
The wallet’s deals options are also integrated with Bing search so that users can both store and find deals — Bing will highlight places with deals in search results.
Another feature is wallet agents, developers can choose to dynamically update wallet items and place it on the home screen.
You can read more at NFC World