Turkcell, the communications and technology company, has announced the official launch of the T20 smartphone, one of the world's first commercially available Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), NFC Single Wire Protocol (SWP) Android based device.
Turkcell T20 allows consumers to use their phone as a mobile wallet due to cooperation between Huawei and Turkcell. Turkcell T20 also uses MasterCard's contactless technology, PayPass.
The aim of Turkcell Cep-T Cüzdan, a mobile wallet service from Turkcell, which is already loaded on the Turkcell T20 and communicates with an NFC enabled SIM card, is to transform the physical wallet into a mobile one and provide an easy to use and secure environment for all the daily needs of Turkcell's subscribers.
With this service, Turkcell also provides a comprehensive end-to-end NFC platform open to all service providers and banks. As part of this platform, Turkcell Trusted Service Manager (TSM) was developed and Turkcell became the first telecom operator in Europe to launch an approved TSM solution by MasterCard.
Turkcell, working with MasterCard, is the first mobile operator in the world that presents more than one bank application in Cep-T Cüzdan. Cep-T Cüzdan Client is also the first commercial official user interface developed based on Gingerbread 2.3.3 OS.
Produced in partnership with Huawei, Turkcell T20 supports 3G HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) network, has 3.5 inch 320×480 (HVGA) resolution touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, MP3 player, Push e-mail, GPS, Wi-Fi, Compass and 4 GB MicroSD external memory. Turkcell T20 customers can use their mobile phones to make payments, share information, transfer v-cards, view digital advertisements, personal company ID cards, e-tickets and tag readers, amongst other things.
Turkcell Chief Product and Service Management Officer, Cenk Bayrakdar, commented: "As the successor of Turkcell's first own branded handset T10; we are proud to announce our new handset T20 with NFC functionality that will be a key factor for increasing the penetration of NFC services in the Turkish market. One of the main objectives of Turkcell Cep-T Cüzdan is to introduce mobile contactless innovations, which are market firsts, both on a local and global scale.
“Turkcell, working with MasterCard and Huawei, is the first mobile operator in the world that presents more than one application on the T20. In addition, Turkcell subscribers benefit from a multi-application platform and Cep-T Cüzdan succeeds in realising mobile wallet vision commercially in a standardised manner."
AnÄ±l Öztekin, Turkcell Sales Director, Huawei Turkey Terminal Department, said: "NFC is a truly exciting technology that, when fully realized, will enhance every aspect of the mobile Internet experience for consumers, including simpler social networking, faster wireless connections, more security, and expanded eCommerce options."