Paying for fuel and snacks with your mobile at O2

-Contactless purchases at star petrol stations
-Sticker adds NFC capability to mobile phone
-App for cost transparency
-5 Euros off first payment
MUNICH. Telefónica Deutschland has today launched the mobile payment system mpass in Germany, starting with star petrol stations in Hamburg, where customers can now pay contactlessly by mobile phone. All they need is a sticker with an NFC chip, which they attach to their mobile phone. The available app ensures full cost control. By the end of the year contactless payment will be available in O2 shops throughout Germany and in Conrad Electronic stores in Munich.
Instead of using cash or a card, customers of star petrol stations can now use their mobile phones to pay. Whether paying for fuel or snacks for the journey, all it takes is a quick swipe at the payment terminal and the cost is billed using mpass. "From now on our customers can pay for their purchases using their mobiles," says Michiel van Eldik, Managing Director Wholesale & Partner Management, Telefónica Deutschland. "The expansion of our product portfolio with contactless payments in shops takes us a big step forward, which means our ecosystem of financial products is almost complete."

Register, attach sticker, start buying

Customers register at to get an mpass account. Once the details have been entered into the system, a sticker with an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip is automatically sent out. Once attached to the mobile phone, the phone is ready for buying via "tap & go". The mobile payment system works in all shops displaying the MasterCardPayPass(TM) logo. The entire payment process is based on the motto "tap & go": customers simply hold their phones up against the MasterCardPayPass(TM) terminal at a distance of up to four centimetres to start the payment process ("tap"). For amounts under 25 Euros, payment takes place immediately. For higher amounts the customer authorises the purchase by entering a PIN. A visual and acoustic signal immediately confirms the successful transaction and the customer can leave ("go"). Two options are available for settling the amount later on: the customer can either pay via direct debit from their current account or by adding credit via a bank transfer to the mpass account that they opened on registration.

Costs at a glance with the mpass app

Full cost control is provided by the app that informs customers when they complete a purchase. Besides an overview of all transactions, it also shows pending amounts for purchases already made but not yet billed and the current balance. Top-up options for the mpass account are also explained. What makes it really convenient is that customers see an overview of other shops near them that accept mpass payments. The app is available free of charge in the Google Play Store and till the end of the year also in the App Store for iPhones. To begin with, customers will receive a five-Euro credit on their mpass account, when shopping at participating star petrol stations in the Hamburg area as well as in the Conrad Electornics stores in Munich for the first time. In addition to star petrol stations, O2 Shops and Conrad Electronic stores, the mpass can be used at thousands of other participating stores. These include nationwide outlets such as the Vapiano restaurant chain, the Douglas Group with Douglas Perfumeries, Thalia, Christ, AppelrathCüpper and Hussel and also an increasing number of branches of the supermarket chains real, HIT and Edeka. Customers can also benefit from mpass when travelling further afield, with some 500,000 PayPass points worldwide, 100,000 of them in Europe alone.
mpass is the joint mobile payment service from o2, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom. The service enables secure mobile and contactless payment for mobile phone users on all German networks. mpass payments can be made in e- and m-commerce and at retailers. Sensitive customer data such as customers' bank details are not transmitted to any third parties during the shopping process. Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG together with its hundred percent operationally active subsidiary Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belong to Telefónica Europe and are part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The company offers its German private and business customers post-paid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS, UMTS and LTE technologies with its product brand O2. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has more than 105 million mobile and fixed network customers in Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.