A test that will let some French consumers carry out smart card transactions on mobile telephones is being planned by a group of card companies, mobile telephone companies, and a French bank.

The experiment is to take place in the fourth quarter, according to two leading participants, MasterCard International and Oberthur Card Systems, a smart card vendor. The other companies involved are Group Credit Mutuel, the second-largest card issuer in France; France Telecom Mobiles; Motorola Inc.; and Europay International, MasterCard's European affiliate.

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