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

    CommBank adds MasterCard and Amex credit cards to NFC wallet

    November 19th, 2015

    Customers of Australia’s CommBank can now add MasterCard and American Express credit cards to the bank’s Tap & Pay NFC mobile wallet. Since launching Tap & Pay for Android in March this year more than 300,000 cards have been set up on the CommBank app and 1m transactions have been processed, the bank says.

    Apple Pay goes live in Australia

    November 19th, 2015

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Australia, allowing American Express cardholders to make NFC mobile payments using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch devices. More

    Apple Pay could launch in Australia this week

    November 18th, 2015

    Apple Pay may go live in Australia on November 19, following its launch in Canada earlier this week. “Though Apple Pay only links with American Express cards for now, it’s understood Apple has signed up with over 1,000 banks globally and is keen to gain similar traction in Australia,” The Australian reports. Apple Pay launched in the US in October 2014 and has been live in the UK since July 2015.

    Apple Pay goes live in Canada for American Express cardholders

    November 17th, 2015

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Canada, allowing American Express cardholders to pay in-store with compatible Apple devices at Amex contactless merchants as well as make purchases within participating mobile apps. “Apple Pay will… More

    Westpac lets customers activate cards via mobile

    November 12th, 2015

    Westpac customers in Australia can now switch on new credit or debit cards using their smartphone’s camera and the bank’s mobile banking app. “The innovative feature activates the card in three simple steps by prompting customers to scan their card, confirm the card details captured are correct and tap to activate,” the bank says. “The new feature is a timesaver for our customers who can activate their card when and where it suits them.”

    Australian street to go cashless?

    November 5th, 2015

    Retailers on a street in Sydney are reportedly banning payments with notes and coins in favour of contactless. “As customers headed to Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley, which has turned a row of former back gardens into an Asian style hawker food market, they were confronted with signs declaring only tap and go cards would be accepted,” says news.com.au.

    Apple Pay to launch in Australia, Canada, Spain, Hong Kong and Singapore

    October 27th, 2015

    Apple Pay is to go live in Australia and Canada this year and in Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during the iPhone maker’s latest earnings call. American… More

    Eftpos chooses Bell ID for mobile payments in Australia

    October 19th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Debit card payment network Eftpos is to use Bell ID’s Token Service Provider platform to provide secure tokenization services to the Australian payments industry. The deal will see Bell ID’s tokenization platform being integrated… More

    Optus expands NFC payments to prepaid customers

    October 9th, 2015

    Australian carrier Optus has made its NFC mobile payment service available to prepaid customers, following its launch to postpaid customers in November 2014. “Simply download the Cash by Optus app or go online to order your Cash by Optus SIM,” the carrier says. “When you receive your SIM, simply pop it in your smartphone. Just load money onto your Cash by Optus facility and you’re ready to make secure payments.”

    MasterCard to add biometric security to online transactions in 2016

    October 6th, 2015

    MasterCard has unveiled MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of solutions that make use of biometrics and one-time passwords delivered via SMS to secure online mobile transactions. The service will be available to US financial institutions… More

    Three in four Android users would use an NFC payments service

    September 25th, 2015

    More than three quarters of Android users (78%) would use a service similar to Apple Pay if it became available to them, a survey conducted by Helixion has found. Overall, half of the 450 respondents… More

    Australian parliament calls for contactless opt-in

    September 7th, 2015

    An Australian parliamentary committee is recommending that financial institutions give customers the option to disable contactless payment features. “The committee recommends that financial institutions create an ‘opt in’ function that requires customers to consent to contactless payment technology features being activated on their cards,” the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement writes. The recommendation is one of 14 put forward as part of the committee’s inquiry into financial related crime.

    PayPal One Touch expansion

    August 26th, 2015

    PayPal has extended its One Touch mobile payments solution to 13 new markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. “Eligible merchants in these markets will automatically have One Touch enabled without needing to do any integration,” the company says. The platform was launched in August 2014 and is available in the US, UK and Canada.

    Apple Pay fees ‘sticking point’ for Australian banks

    August 25th, 2015

    Australia’s largest banks are reportedly in dispute with Apple over Apple Pay interchange fees. “Fees are a big sticking point in the negotiations, with big banks not willing to give Apple a slice of the A$2bn a year they earn in interchange fees,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. “In the US, Apple is believed to earn about 15 cents of every US$100 transaction.”

    Commonwealth Bank adds loyalty to mobile app

    July 30th, 2015

    Commonwealth Bank has added a loyalty feature to its mobile banking app that also offers HCE payments, allowing users to store loyalty cards and redeem them at the checkout with their NFC phone or by scanning the loyalty card barcode. The bank is also set to pilot a separate offers app in a shopping centre run by Westfield, ZDNet reports.

    Jobseekers offered head start on new vacancies with a tap of NFC phone

    July 29th, 2015

    Jobseekers in Australia, New Zealand, the US and UK could soon be able to get a head start on new vacancies by tapping their NFC phone against signs, posters and window stickers placed in shopping… More

    MasterCard token platform close to Australia launch

    July 28th, 2015

    MasterCard’s token platform MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) could soon be rolled out across Australia following its launch in the US in September 2014. Country manager Andrew Cartwright said the final launch date of the tokenization service depended on the banks, but he expected it would be released in the “very near term”, The Australian Financial Review reports.

    Visa signs up 2,300 financial institutions for Visa Token Service

    July 24th, 2015

    More than 2,300 financial institutions and banking partners have now signed up for Visa’s tokenization service with international expansion set to happen “in the fall”, Visa has revealed during a third quarter earnings call. The… More

    Ferngrove Wines to trial NFC smart bottles in China

    July 15th, 2015

    Australia’s Ferngrove Wines is to equip smart wine bottles in China with NFC tags to help authenticate individual bottles throughout the supply chain, ensuring they are packaged, shipped, stocked and purchased in their original factory-sealed state…. More

    One in five Australians make in-store mobile payments

    June 26th, 2015

    Three in ten Australians plan to use their smartphone for all their digital money and financial needs by 2017 and one in five (17%) are already using their smartphones to make in-store payments, research from lender Fair Go Finance reveals. “50% would like to use biometrics instead of PIN codes by 2020,” the survey finds. “One in ten said they would use Facebook to transfer money to friends and family.”

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