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Netherlands-based mobile-payments firm Payter BV has announced plans to proceed with a "nationwide rollout" of contactless mobile payment and other phone-based services. The company hopes to put contactless phones into the hands of 100,000 Dutch consumers by next year. Payter, along with Netherlands-based payment and loyalty terminal supplier and processor CCV Holland, plans to distribute terminals to 9,000 merchants beginning in August. The company has said in the past it will not charge merchants for the terminals in six Dutch cities. It also plans to distribute mobile phones supporting Near Field Communication technology-reportedly 10,000 Nokia NFC-enabled phones-at no charge to consumers in those cities. The other 90,000 consumers would get an "interim solution," according to Payter, because NFC phones are scarce. These likely would be non-NFC contactless stickers consumers can attach to mobile phones and use to make payments. It was unclear whether Payter would offer NFC phones to consumers given stickers when phones become available. All users will be able to tap the phones to make payments in stores, parking facilities and other merchant locations in the six cities, which include Amsterdam and The Hague. The company also will enable consumers to buy and reportedly download tickets and gift vouchers over the air. Singapore-based Cassis International would download applications to the NFC phones. Payter launched a trial in its home city of Rotterdam last August. The company makes money, in part, by charging retailers or other companies fees for sending interactive promotions and other advertisements to consumers on phones and other media.

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