Smart Cards

Jury still out on SIM card loophole

People in Hong Kong reap the benefits of competition in telecommunications in terms of the choice and prices of mobile phone services they are offered compared with other places. To get started, all you need is your ID card - with one exception.

Tuesday, 24 May, 2011, 12:00am

Police want Sim-ple way to catch up with mobile criminals

Frontline police have called for a change in the law to regulate the sale of prepaid mobile phone SIM cards which they say have become the communication tool of choice for criminals.

But their call - which would bring Hong Kong in line with an increasing number of overseas jurisdictions - has been met by a wall of concerns over privacy from lawmakers.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Lenovo taps Ericsson for mobile broadband modules on ThinkPads

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Octopus extends its services in era of the smart card

HONG KONG BOASTS many superlatives - from the world's longest suspension bridge and busiest container port to the highest concentration of Mercedes-Benz cars.

But there is one record-breaker that affects all of us every day. The ubiquitous Octopus card that hardly anyone leaves home without is officially the world's largest smart card payment system.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Banks group accused of breaking rule on card fees

European Union regulators accused a group of 149 banks, including BNP Paribas and Societe Generale, with breaking EU rules over a fee agreement to handle debit-card transactions.

The European Commission said the accord by the members of the Paris-based Groupement des Cartes Bancaires was not exempt from rules that ban pricing agreements between competitors.

21 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Banks line up smart cards as incidence of fraud rises

At least two banks - Hang Seng Bank and DBS Bank (HK) - plan to launch more secure chip-embedded credit cards this year.

DBS (HK) is expected to make its EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) cards available to customers as early as the second quarter while Hang Seng plans to issue the smart card in the third or fourth quarter.

27 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

A billion JavaCards later, Sun sets its sights on e-passports

SUN MICROSYSTEMS celebrated 10 years of its Java programming language last month with the announcement that its production of JavaCards - smart cards that can be programmed with Java - had reached 1 billion units.

26 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Secrets to success of lowly business cards

Advertising is one of the most neglected aspects of small business - probably because it costs money and it is often difficult to tell if the expense was worth it.

But one type of advertising that most agree is worth the expense is the lowly business card.

25 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Lose your phone without losing your friends

I lost my mobile phone over Christmas, as did at least five of my friends. I expect the mobile phone companies always look forward to festive seasons for this very reason.

I am trying to find out if there is any software available that one can use to make a memory back-up of telephone numbers to a personal computer.

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Smart ID will feature free e-Certs to drum up support

To drum up support for next year's introduction of smart identity cards, the government will offer free digital certificates for the first year.

Hong Kong's smart ID cards contain an option to store the e-Cert digital certificates. Card holders can use them for e-banking and other activities requiring digital authentication.

11 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

New ID cards may get extra functions

More services and functions are being considered for the smart identity cards that will be introduced next year, a senior Immigration Department official said yesterday, while admitting such a move could raise privacy concerns.

24 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

SAR, mainland seen at fore of smart card boom

Increasing use of cellular telephones and mobile-banking services will spur the use of smart cards in Hong Kong and the mainland, according to an industry executive.

Jean-Claude Deturche, smart card marketing director for Schlumberger Test and Transactions Asia, said the mainland and the SAR would lead the region in the use of smart cards.

10 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

'Hidden risk' posed by street sales of mobile phone cards

Mobile phone users who buy cheap Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards on the street could be setting themselves up for a criminal investigation or a hefty bill for calls, the Consumer Council warned.

16 Jul 1999 - 12:00am