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    News about the NFC market in Australia — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    Android Pay launches in the UK

    May 18th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payment service across the UK, allowing consumers to make payments at any contactless terminal with a tap of their Android handset. The service launches with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight British banks, “with new banks being added all the time,” the company says. More

    ANZ and Westpac preparing Android Pay support

    May 17th, 2016

    Australian banks ANZ and Westpac are completing plans to launch Android Pay in the country “mid this calendar year”, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. “ANZ and Westpac, including its subsidiaries St George, Bank of Melbourne and Bank of South Australia, will join Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank and Cuscal as the first to offer Visa, MasterCard and Eftpos on Android Pay,” the publication says. Google announced its plans for an Australian launch of Android Pay in December 2015.

    ANZ sees surge in card applications since supporting Apple Pay

    May 10th, 2016

    Australia’s ANZ bank has reported a surge in applications for credit cards and deposit accounts since it added support for Apple Pay in April 2016, forcing “other major banks to re-enter negotiations with the technology giant,” says The Sydney Morning Herald. “The main sticking point continues to be how to divide up the billions of dollars of fee income banks earn from processing payments.” Online credit card applications have risen 20% since the Apple Pay deal was announced.

    Apple Pay expands to MasterCard, Visa and five key banks in Canada

    May 10th, 2016

    Canadian consumers can now add their MasterCard and Visa credit cards as well as their Interac debit cards to Apple Pay after the mobile payments service launched in the country with support from American Express alone in November 2015. Five banks have also announced their support for Apple Pay, including two of the country’s largest — Royal Bank of Canada and BMO Financial Group. More

    Australian digital payments to reach nearly A$1.9bn by 2020

    May 4th, 2016

    Digital payments across Australia, including those made with a mobile device at the point of sale, will be worth A$1.897bn (US$ 1.42bn) by 2020, Frost & Sullivan predicts. “Mobile payments are expected to take off in 12-18 months,” says the firm’s Saranga Sudarshan. “Apple Pay and Android Pay will revolutionise this market. Smartphone prevalence facilitates a high adoption rate for a more convenient and secure form of paying, compared to physical cards or cash.”

    Australia’s ANZ adds support for Apple Pay

    April 28th, 2016

    Customers of Australia’s ANZ bank can now make payments using Apple Pay with either an ANZ Visa debit or credit card or an ANZ American Express credit card. The bank is the first of the… More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Australia “very soon”

    April 27th, 2016

    American Express is gearing up to support the launch of Samsung Pay in Australia “very soon”, American Express Australia’s director of digital commerce Rob Bourne has revealed. “We’re not done with just Apple Pay,” ZDNet reported Bourne as saying at the ADMA Data Day in Sydney. “Our view is very simple — we want to give our customers the choice of how they want to pay.”

    Apple Pay gets 1m new users every week

    April 27th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now signing up 1m new users per week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the company’s second quarter earnings call. “Apple Pay is growing at a tremendous rate with more than five times the transaction volume of a year ago and 1m new users per week,” Cook told investors. “More expansion of Apple Pay is coming soon.” The mobile payment service is currently live in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore.

    Apple Pay launches in Singapore

    April 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Singapore, letting consumers pay in store with compatible Apple devices and make purchases within participating mobile apps using their American Express cards, with support from Visa expected “soon”…. More

    New South Wales to get contactless travel

    April 18th, 2016

    Australian commuters across New South Wales will be able to pay for public transport with their contactless credit and debit cards from next year, the NSW Government has announced. “A lot of critical work needs to be undertaken in the first stage of this project such as finalising partnerships, working with the finance and contactless payments sector, developing the software and then, in 2017, undertaking a customer trial,” says minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance.

    NAB Pay signs up 18,000 users since launch

    April 11th, 2016

    More than 18,000 Australians have downloaded National Australia Bank’s NAB Pay host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service since it launched in January 2016, with more than 60,000 transactions registered to date. 29% of… More

    Australian banks gearing up to support Apple Pay?

    April 11th, 2016

    Australia’s ANZ Bank, Suncorp Bank and Bank Australia may soon begin supporting Apple Pay, with iPhone In Canada reporting that a reader successfully registered an ANZ Visa card for use on the mobile payment service. “It would appear something is brewing with Australian banks, as we’re told Suncorp Bank and Bank Australia are geared to support Apple Pay in the latter half of this year,” the publication says.

    Australian shoppers get contactless donations

    March 30th, 2016

    Consumers in major shopping centres across Australia can now donate to veteran support group Walking Wounded by tapping a contactless card against advertising screens that have been activated for payment by out of home media provider oOh!media. More

    Square drops contactless for Australia launch

    March 8th, 2016

    Mobile POS provider Square has launched in Australia, enabling retailers across the country to accept credit and debit card payments using their mobile phones. “Australia marks the fourth market for Square, joining the US, Canada and Japan,” the company says. Square’s contactless chip reader does not appear to be available in the country, however, as “tap-and-go would have made the device too expensive and too big,” Square country manager Ben Pfisterer told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    PayPal to add NFC payments to Android app

    February 22nd, 2016

    An upcoming version of PayPal’s Android app is to bring with it NFC payments capability, the online payment giant has announced at Mobile World Congress. 18 million consumers have also opted in to use the… More

    Samsung Pay hits 5m users and is set for global expansion in 2016

    February 21st, 2016

    Samsung Pay now has approximately five million users in South Korea and the US who have processed more than $500m through the mobile payment service in the first six months since its launch. The service is due to be rolled out in China next month, Samsung has revealed, followed by a global expansion to Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, the UK and Canada later in the year. More

    Google selects Oberthur to deploy Android Pay internationally

    February 19th, 2016

    Google has chosen Oberthur Technologies (OT) to support the international deployment of Android Pay, with an initial launch in Australia scheduled this year. “With its Digital Enablement Platform, OT will support financial institutions in offering their customers this new service by enrolling their payment cards into Android Pay,” OT says. “Together, OT and Android Pay will offer financial institutions a one-stop-shop platform to enable and operate the service.”

    ANZ launches HCE mobile payments in Australia

    February 10th, 2016

    Customers of Australia’s ANZ bank can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments “with the broadest range of cards on offer” using a new ANZ Mobile Pay service. More

    Cash by Optus adds contactless bands and stickers to reach beyond Android owners

    February 8th, 2016

    Consumers using Cash by Optus — the prepaid NFC SIM-based payments service launched by Australian mobile network operator Optus in November 2014 — can now make payments using a contactless wristband or a sticker attached to their mobile phone. More

    APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia

    February 5th, 2016

    Members of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) are currently exploring the possibility of implementing a voluntary code of practice to regulate digital wallets in the country. The association’s 100 members were due to respond… More

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