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iKaaz takes mobile payments to Kenya

June 5th, 2014

Bangalore-based iKaaz is to expand its NFC payments platform to Kenya. Following its introduction to Nigeria earlier this year, the mobile payments provider has joined with Kenya’s Family Bank and local partner Edge financial systems to provide customers with Tap & Pay options in both retail and transport.

Edgetech to offer acoustic mobile payments in Zimbabwe

June 5th, 2014

Zimbabwe-based banking solutions provider Edgetech Solutions is preparing to launch a new mobile payment service that uses sound-based communication technology from NearBytes to let people make payments in stores with their phones. When launched, the Edgepay solution… More

Starbucks Korea lets customers place orders with their mobile phone, more countries to follow

June 4th, 2014

Starbucks customers in South Korea have become the first to be able to place their order at the coffee shop chain using their mobile phone. The new service is integrated with Starbucks Coffee Korea’s mobile… More

Tesco-backed coffee chain Harris+Hoole introduces mobile payments

June 3rd, 2014

Tesco-backed coffee chain Harris+Hoole has updated its mobile app to enable customers to order and pay at any of its 36 outlets without having to touch, tap or scan at a counter. Customers download the… More

French retailer uses PowaTag to create 10,000 virtual shops, major UK chains to follow

June 2nd, 2014

French fashion retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers is using a platform developed by Powa Technologies to turn posters, billboards, magazines, cafe table tops, postcards, flyers and clothing into ‘virtual boutiques’ that let consumers order and pay for… More

Apple begins mobile payments talks with retailers

May 30th, 2014

Apple is holding talks with a number of upmarket US retailers to gauge how interested they would be in the iPhone maker introducing its own mobile payments service, according to 9to5Mac which cites “a source… More

Bitcoin gets Facebook transfers

May 29th, 2014

US startup QuickCoin is making it possible for Facebook users to send Bitcoins to friends from within the social networking platform. “Simply log in, find a friend, click send and they get Bitcoin,” the company says. “QuickCoin works on any device, is usable anywhere in the world and, best of all, QuickCoin transfers are instantaneous, regardless of time or day.”

Burger chain gets mobile payments

May 28th, 2014

Customers of Finnish hamburger chain Hesburger can today pay for food, connect their loyalty card and redeem offers using Swedish mobile wallet app SEQR. Developed by Seamless, the app is also now available in Finland for Windows Phone 8, as well as existing iPhone and Android platforms. The app is being launched in 120 restaurants and rolled out to the remaining 160 franchise outlets by the end of the year.

Walmart turns digital receipts into shopping opportunities

May 27th, 2014

The retail giant is introducing a digital receipt service across its 4,200 US stores, enabling shoppers to store a digital version of their receipt in a mobile app by scanning a QR code on their paper receipt or by entering their mobile number at the point of sale. Customers will then be able to use the receipts to create a shopping list on their device, making the in-store experience “easier and more convenient”. More

Payments Council outlines expansion plans for Paym mobile payments platform

May 27th, 2014

More than 500,000 UK bank account holders have signed up for Paym mobile payments since its launch last month, the Payments Council reports, and the organisation is now looking at adding additional proxies to the service,… More

Groupon lets merchants redeem vouchers via BLE

May 23rd, 2014

Prepaid voucher provider Groupon has launched an iPad-based point-of-sale terminal that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to let merchants “instantly recognize their Groupon customers as they enter their business, seamlessly redeem Groupons and save time… More

Yoyo raises US$5m for mobile payments at universities

May 23rd, 2014

UK-based mobile payments, loyalty and rewards startup Yoyo has raised US$5m to expand its service. The move follows a launch at the Imperial College London campus in January 2014, with further rollouts due to take… More

Tim Hortons rolls out mobile barcode payments across Canada and USA

May 23rd, 2014

Canada-based coffee chain Tim Hortons has expanded its mobile payments service, first launched using host card emulation (HCE) technology in December 2013, with the introduction of barcode-based mobile payments across its outlets in the USA… More

McDonald’s launches Quick Mac mobile payments in Austria

May 22nd, 2014

McDonald’s Austria is rolling out a new mobile ordering and payments service that lets users place their orders on their mobile device and pay using PayPal, a credit card or a stored value Paybox account…. More

Standard Bank rolls out mobile payments to 10,000 merchants in South Africa

May 22nd, 2014

Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups, has launched a service that allows small merchants to accept mobile payments by simply placing a QR code at their point of sale, with no… More

Total gas stations offer mobile payments in Uganda

May 22nd, 2014

Customers at 45 Total gas stations in Uganda can now use their Airtel Money account to pay for fuel and services as well as make in-store purchases with their mobile phone. The service is to… More

Morgan Stanley predicts Apple will include NFC in iPhone 6 — and NXP will supply the controller chips

May 21st, 2014

“We see growing evidence Apple will adopt NFC as a core part of its mobile payments strategy,” a new report from investment firm Morgan Stanley says — and evidence suggests that NXP has already won… More

Sberbank to launch HCE payments in Russia

May 20th, 2014

Russia’s Sberbank, Europe’s third largest bank with more than 100million customers, has begun piloting NFC payments in Moscow using embedded secure elements. It will follow the trial with a service using host card emulation (HCE) later this… More

Juniper predicts 1.5bn mobile wallets in 2018

May 20th, 2014

There will be more than 1.5billion mobile wallets in use around the world by 2018, according to a new forecast from Juniper Research, representing one in five handsets and up from one in 10 at the… More

Slovakia gets NFC payments

May 19th, 2014

Deutsche Telekom’s MyWallet NFC platform is now available to customers of Slovak Telekom, a Slovakian carrier majority owned by Deutsche Telekom. The service was launched in Germany earlier this month and is due to be introduced in Hungary later this year.

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