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    Android Pay launches in Singapore

    June 28th, 2016

    Google has begun rolling out Android Pay across Singapore, marking the mobile payment service’s debut in Asia. It will work with MasterCard and Visa cards from DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, POSB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and UOB. More

    Samsung Pay launches in Singapore

    June 17th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has gone live in Singapore, enabling customers of Citibank Singapore, DBS Bank Singapore, POSB Bank Singapore, OCBC Bank and Standard Chartered to make mobile payments with their compatible smartphone wherever MasterCard or Visa is accepted. The mobile payments service launched in Australia on June 15 and plans to roll out Samsung Pay in Singapore on June 16 were revealed last week.

    Samsung Pay to expand across Asia Pacific with Citi

    June 16th, 2016

    Samsung is extending its global collaboration with Citi to deliver Samsung Pay within the Asia Pacific region, specifically in Singapore and Australia. “The partnership marks a new addition to Samsung Pay’s extensive portfolio of major payment networks and banks,” Samsung says. “Further additional markets will be added to the network in the coming months.” Samsung Pay launched in Australia earlier this week and began rolling out across Singapore this month.

    Samsung Pay launches in Australia

    June 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has launched in Australia with support from American Express and Citibank. The service is available for those with compatible Samsung smartphones, with specific availability varying by local operator. More

    Apple Pay to launch in France, Switzerland and Hong Kong and head to the web

    June 13th, 2016

    Apple Pay is expanding to Switzerland, France and Hong Kong in the “next few months” and will be made available for online payments via an Apple Pay button that uses Touch ID for authentication, the company has announced during a keynote at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Australia next week

    June 7th, 2016

    Samsung Pay is expected to launch in Australia next week, an invitation to a press conference scheduled for June 15 reveals. “A hands-on demonstration at the event means that local infrastructure is almost certainly in place so a widespread customer launch is likely to be imminent or immediate,” Gizmodo Australia reports. American Express revealed it was gearing up to support Samsung Pay in Australia in April 2016.

    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.

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