StarHub launches world's first NFC movie ticketing service

FROM this Saturday, thousands of StarHub customers can use their smartphones to browse and pay for their favourite movies at Shaw Theatres. They can also tap their phones at ticketing booths at the theatres to collect their movie tickets.

The service is available through an enhanced StarHub mobile wallet app, SmartWallet, which was first launched last August. The app works only on select Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy SIII and Sony Xperia S.

SmartWallet first offered users to pay for meals, groceries and taxi rides by tapping their phones at 30,000 retail points islandwide, including ComfortDelGro taxis, Watson's, G2000 and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

The payment mode is made available by a consortium of companies led by French smartcard chipmaker Gemalto. The other consortium members are Citibank Singapore, DBS Bank, EZ-Link, M1, SingTel and StarHub.

The payment system is based on near-field communication (NFC) - a short-range wireless communication technology that transmits data between a mobile device and a reader.

With the enhanced SmartWallet app, movie goers will also be able to select their seats on their mobile phone. Users pay for their tickets by entering their credit card details into the app, after which a digital movie ticket will be stored on the phone. Movie goers redeem their tickets by tapping their smartphones on a dedicated NFC reader at all Shaw Theatres box offices.

Existing SmartWallet users can enjoy the new movie ticketing function by downloading the latest version of the app on Google Play.