A white paper relating to the deployment of mobile contactless payment (MCP) services to consumers was jointly issued in October 2010 by the European Payments Council and the trade body for the mobile industry, the GSM Association. MCP services allow consumers to pay for goods and services in a shop using their mobile phones. To pay, the consumer simply places the mobile phone near a designated payment point. The mobile phone and the payment point communicate wirelessly using technology known as Near Field Communication (NFC) to facilitate the payment.
On 15 November, Google Inc. publicly demonstrated an upcoming version of its Android operating system that will support NFC technology.