UK e-wallet joint venture 'to get EU approval'
EU to approve plans by Vodafone, O2 and Everything Everywhere (credit Everything Everywhere)
EU regulators will approve plans by UK mobile operators Vodafone, O2 and Everything Everywhere to set up a joint venture to allow users to make payments with their phones, a source following the deal has said.
Vodafone, Telefonica's O2 and Everything Everywhere, owned by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, aim to compete with similar mobile payment services from Google, Apple and Facebook.
The mobile wallet scheme, called Project Oscar, allows users to use their mobile for transactions instead of cash or cards.
It can also be used by retailers, banks and advertisers.
The European Commission, which has been examining the plan since March, is expected to give approval this week, ahead of a 19 September deadline, said the source, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.
"It will be unconditional clearance," the source said.
The Commission declined to comment.
Critics such as Hutchison Whampoa's Three, the smallest telecoms provider in Britain, said the proposed mobile wallet would give the three partners a monopoly in mobile 'push' advertising and mobile payments.
Mobile payments are common in Japan and South Korea, as well as in some developing countries where many people do not have bank accounts, but where mobile phones are widespread.
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