Saw this quote from Miki Szikszai in Computer World NZ "Sizksai says Snapper is currently in talks with one of 2degrees’ competitors about launching on another network, but would not name the carrier."
After yesterdays announcement of Telecom and Westpac's mobile wallet trial, I'm thinking towards and hoping for Vodafone.
Currently to use Touch2Pay (With full functionality) you must have a 2Degrees Sim and a NFC phone purchased from them due to specific API's. E.g. a Galaxy SIII which is available from all 3 Mobile Carriers or Parallel import must be purchased from 2Degrees to work.
If another carrier joins up, how would this work due to the specific API requirement? You could have a 2Degrees phone and move over, have the new carriers phone, the third carriers phone or a parallel import. Even if you have the new carriers phone, their phones wouldn't be compatible and would have to be updated. I would think there would be confusion if current phones weren't updateable or the actual Snapper Application was made to work irrespective of the current API requirement.
The underlying reason of my question which I know is not easy or clear to answer is, I am sick of my Nexus One and want a new phone, Galaxy SIII. Currently on Vodafone. Interested in 32GB model, but they seem to be parallel import only. Even if I got a 2Degrees one, you can only assume it'd work on another carrier if they launched Touch2Pay. Also if I took a stab in the dark and got a Vodafone one, that would mean either they have to update the phone or Snapper needs to make the Application work irrespective of phone Firmware or Origin.
Another random thought, is could you just get a copy of the 2Degrees version of phone Firmware and just Flash the phone?