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Six companies, including Visa Inc., that sponsored a Switzerland-based contactless-payments pilot have deemed the test successful and are planning the next phase toward rollout, the partners said in a joint statement. Employees from three of the companies tested Near Field Communication credit card payments between September and November 2008. More than 90% of the participants said they would use the technology if it were widely available and accepted. Participants used either NFC-enabled phones or Visa payWave-branded contactless credit cards. The companies involved in the pilot now are determining how best to expand contactless-payment acceptance in Switzerland.

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