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    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

    National Australia Bank launches HCE mobile payments

    January 27th, 2016

    Customers of National Australia Bank (NAB) can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments at any contactless terminal using NAB Pay, a new service that has been integrated into the bank’s existing mobile… More

    Samsung Pay to go live in Spain with CaixaBank

    January 22nd, 2016

    Customers of Spain’s CaixaBank will be the first in the country to be able to use Samsung Pay, following a partnership between the bank and Samsung that will see the mobile payment service added as an option to CaixaBank’s host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment app. More

    Samsung Pay heads to Australia, Brazil and Singapore

    January 6th, 2016

    Samsung is to launch its Samsung Pay mobile payment service in Australia, Brazil and Singapore, the company’s Tim Baxter has announced during a keynote at the CES show in Las Vegas. The service will also be available on the Samsung Gear S2 classic smartwatch from early this year, starting in the US. More

    Westpac launches money transfers via mobile

    December 21st, 2015

    Customers of Australian bank Westpac can now transfer money to others using only their mobile phone number. “Pay to Mobile is a secure and convenient way to split a restaurant bill or to pay money to friends,” the bank says. “All you need is the mobile phone number of the person you are paying and the rest is easy,” adds Westpac’s Harry Wendt.

    Android Pay to launch in Australia, adds in-app payments in US

    December 16th, 2015

    Google will launch its Android Pay mobile payment service across Australia in the first half of 2016 with support from several of the country’s major financial institutions, including ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank and St George. The mobile payment service has also enabled in-app payments in the US. More

    Apple Pay yet to sign up key Australian banks

    December 11th, 2015

    Apple is struggling to persuade Australia’s big banks to sign up for Apple Pay, according to Reuters. “The firm has yet to strike a deal with any of the four main banks — ANZ, National Australia Bank (NAB), Commonwealth Bank and Westpac,” the news agency reports. “That sets it adrift from 80% of consumers using mobile payments systems linked to other credit cards.” Apple Pay launched in Australia in November 2015 with support from American Express.

    Two thirds of Aussies prefer contactless

    December 2nd, 2015

    Almost two thirds of Australian consumers (64%) prefer contactless payments to cash and 66% prefer using tap and go to entering their PIN for transactions under $100, research from MasterCard reveals. “Shoppers in West Australia have the highest preference for contactless payments in the country (72%), followed by shoppers in New South Wales (67%), Victoria and Tasmania (66%),” the payment network says.

    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.

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