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    PayPal begins piloting NFC and records 40% growth in mobile payments

    April 27th, 2015

    Online payments giant PayPal has revealed it is again testing NFC, though the company’s president has made clear that he’d like the company’s platform to be technology agnostic and he doesn’t see the long-term success… More

    Starbucks processes 8m mobile payments every week

    April 24th, 2015

    Coffee chain Starbucks has 16 million active users of its mobile app who are making eight million mobile payments a week, equalling nearly 19% of all transactions in US stores, president and COO Kevin Johnson has revealed,… More

    Forecast: 100m Apple Pay-capable phones in US by 2020

    April 24th, 2015

    Some 100m Apple Pay-capable smartphones will be available in the US in 2020, up from 53m this year, according to Mercator Advisory Group. The company is also forecasting that the future of the mobile payment service… More

    Apple Pay is top choice among US consumers as mobile payment security concerns fade

    April 22nd, 2015

    Apple Pay has become the top choice of services among US consumers planning on using mobile payments in the next 90 days, a survey conducted by 451 Research has found — and consumers increasingly think mobile payments are more secure than credit cards. More

    Pub chain picks Droplet’s fee-free mobile payments and rewards

    April 22nd, 2015

    British brewer Adnams is to roll out a mobile payments and rewards service in its 12 stores and 50 pubs across East Anglia and London this summer using a fee-free platform provided by UK startup Droplet. More

    NFC ticketing trial eliminates “did I touch out?” doubt

    April 21st, 2015

    An NFC transport ticketing trial in the Netherlands will allow passengers to see on their phones if they have correctly checked themselves on or off the service as they travel, avoiding the risk of paying… More

    NFC inventors nominated for Patent Office award

    April 21st, 2015

    Two NXP engineers have been nominated for a prestigious inventors’ award from the European Patent Office in recognition of the role they played in the birth of NFC. More

    Signature spec promises tamper-proof NFC tags

    April 21st, 2015

    The NFC Forum has published the second version of its specification for signing and vouching for the integrity of data held in NFC tags, adding support for compact certificates and new signature algorithms. The Signature Record… More

    German carriers and retailers promote NFC mobile payments in Berlin

    April 17th, 2015

    The largest NFC mobile payment initiative in Germany to date has launched in the capital Berlin, as the country’s three mobile network operators, Vodafone Germany, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, team up with six major retail… More

    Jawbone adds NFC payments to fitness trackers with AmEx

    April 17th, 2015

    Wearable device maker Jawbone has unveiled a fitness tracking wristband that can be linked to the wearer’s American Express card account and used to make NFC payments. US card members with an Up4 tracker “will… More

    Kairos mechanical smartwatches get NFC payments

    April 15th, 2015

    Luxury watchmaker Kairos is to add NFC payments to its hybrid “mechanical smartwatches” and smart wristbands using a host card emulation-based wearable payments solution from German payments technology provider Wirecard. Wirecard’s solution, launched earlier this… More

    KFC serves up mobile payments in Ghana

    April 15th, 2015

    KFC is letting customers use their phones to pay for meals through mobile network operator Airtel’s mobile money platform in five of the fast-food chain’s stores in Accra, Ghana. “The process is quite simple,” the carrier explained… More

    SIMalliance: NFC SIM shipments up 69% in 2014

    April 14th, 2015

    A total of 4.7bn SIMs were shipped in 2014 by members of the SIMalliance, an organisation that represents suppliers responsible for 86% of the global SIM market, including 132m NFC SIMs, up 69% on 2013 and taking the total number of NFC SIMs shipped by alliance members over the past four years to 256m. More

    Europeans back banks for mobile payments

    April 10th, 2015

    Some 185m Europeans will use a mobile payment app this year, up 51% on 2014, a survey of 14,000 consumers for ING has revealed, and respondents say they are far more likely to use apps… More

    Oxfam tests NFC for donations and content sharing

    April 9th, 2015

    Oxfam is to trial NFC-enabled interactive posters, wristbands and collection tins in UK towns to let supporters make donations and see video content highlighting the charity’s work using their NFC phones. To donate money, supporters… More

    NFC to connect Shanghai smart business district

    April 9th, 2015

    A landmark one square kilometre “smart business district” in Shanghai will use NFC as part of a strategy to network every office, hotel, apartment block, shopping mall and residential property within the area when construction… More

    Apple Pay users report merchant POS problems

    March 31st, 2015

    Two in three Apple Pay users have encountered a problem when attempting to pay with the mobile payment service in a store, a survey from Phoenix Marketing International reveals. Most issues related to terminals not… More

    New Zealand NFC wallet venture Semble goes live

    March 31st, 2015

    Close to one million New Zealanders now have the ability to make NFC payments with the nationwide launch of Semble, a SIM-based mobile wallet introduced by two New Zealand banks, three carriers and payments network… More

    82% of UK marketers unaware of NFC OOH advertising

    March 30th, 2015

    Only 18% of marketers are aware that out-of-home (OOH) advertising campaigns can make use of NFC and QR codes, survey data from Clear Channel UK reveals, despite them citing ‘innovation’ as one of their top buying considerations when under pressure to find new ways to reach mass audiences. More

    Vodafone combines tokens and SIMs for NFC payments in Europe

    March 30th, 2015

    Vodafone customers in five major European markets will be able to use their Visa cards to make NFC mobile payments from the second quarter of this year with a new SIM-based service that makes use of tokenization technology. More

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