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Topic # 183833 31-Oct-2015 15:02
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Just picking up on a post in another thread (didn't want to thread jack).



@freitasm:

One option is to manage the cards using a Semble-compatible handset, turn Always On for the default card you want to use, insert the SIM on a NFC-enabled handset and in the Tap-to-Pay option under Settings | NFC you select Semble. This will automatically use the default card selected for contactless payments.

That's why you can get a Semble SIM and use a Windows Phone or Blackberry for payments - you only need Semble to manage the cards, not for the payment itself.



I've got a Nexus 5 on Vodafone and, being a geek, would like to use Semble if I could. But given the phone was non-supported I had given up on this. But just to confirm I'm reading this right, if I set up Semble on another (supported) handset, I can shift the SIM to my N5 and it will work for payments fine - is that right?

If so, next question, what is the cheapest handset around that is Semble supported (and I guess takes a micro-SIM since that is what I will need to use in the N5). Given bank account details are involved, I guess no-one offers this as a (legitimate) service?

I've just shift to banking with BNZ, so should be sorted on that side of things.

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  Reply # 1417723 31-Oct-2015 15:11
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It should work. If you open Settings | NFC and see this option then it should be what you need:



You tap on that and select "Semble" and from then on this will be the Tap & Pay option for your smartphone - it will use the card you select in Semble as "Always On".

I tested this using a Semble-ready SIM managed on a M8 - moved the SIM to an Australian M9 (not officially supported), Windows Phone and Blackberry and they worked. I see no reason for this not to work on the Nexus if it has Tap & Pay option.

There are Vodafone-branded Android smartphones that are Semble-compatible and cheap.






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  Reply # 1417727 31-Oct-2015 15:16
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Thanks - I've certainly got a tap and pay option in the settings (though mine is in the main menu tree rather than under NFC).

I've just had a look at the Vodafone Smart range.

Unfortunately, it seems to have been updated (now the models are First, Speed, Prime and Ultra). But Semble and Vodafone only list the Turbo as being compatible.

Anyone from Vodafone/Semble able to comment?

Or has everyone given up on supporting new SE phones because HCE is just around the corner?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1417730 31-Oct-2015 15:24
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Google Nexus phones do not include Single-Wire-Protocol SWP that allows the NFC USIM to communicate with the NFC antenna.

This is deliberate and by design as Google only supports HCE.

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  Reply # 1417742 31-Oct-2015 16:05
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Bah humbug.

Thanks for the conclusive answer. I will have to wait for HCE.

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  Reply # 1418617 2-Nov-2015 10:11
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mdf: Thanks - I've certainly got a tap and pay option in the settings (though mine is in the main menu tree rather than under NFC).

I've just had a look at the Vodafone Smart range.

Unfortunately, it seems to have been updated (now the models are First, Speed, Prime and Ultra). But Semble and Vodafone only list the Turbo as being compatible.

Anyone from Vodafone/Semble able to comment?

Or has everyone given up on supporting new SE phones because HCE is just around the corner?


We're working on getting Semble support on more phones definitely including the Prime and Ultra, I haven't heard recent updates about the First and Speed but would assume we would work towards those too if they're capable.

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  Reply # 1423182 8-Nov-2015 16:27
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Semble now live on Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact

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