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

    Ugo Wallet adds P2P transfers

    February 1st, 2016

    Canadian open NFC mobile wallet provider Ugo has launched a beta version of Ugo Pay, a P2P money transfer feature that has been added to its Ugo Wallet. “Transfers are free and made securely and easily via text message using either a sender’s existing address book or by inputting any Canadian mobile phone number,” Ugo says. The company is also in the process of incorporating host card emulation (HCE) into its service.

    Canada’s Ugo Wallet to add support for HCE

    January 27th, 2016

    Canadian open NFC mobile wallet provider Ugo is in the process of incorporating a host card emulation (HCE) solution into its Ugo Wallet and expects to begin offering the service by the early summer of this year, the company has told NFC World. More

    Ford enters the mobile payments market with FordPay

    January 18th, 2016

    Ford car owners will soon be able to make transactions from their vehicle for services such as car parking using FordPay, a virtual wallet that stores payment details on their mobile phone. The feature is part of the FordPass platform which aims to offer drivers more mobility options and also includes merchant rewards. More

    Canada’s BMO to support Apple Pay?

    January 12th, 2016

    Canadian bank BMO is “actively evaluating Apple Pay as a mobile payment option” for its customers, an email seen by iPhone In Canada reveals. “Back in October, sources claimed BMO was planning to launch Apple Pay but that front has remained quiet since then,” the publication reports. Apple Pay launched in Canada with support from American Express in November 2015.

    NanoPay acquires Mintchip digital currency

    January 12th, 2016

    Mintchip, the digital currency developed and field tested in an NFC payments pilot by The Royal Canadian Mint, has been acquired by Loyalty Pays Holdings Corporation, a subsidiary of NanoPay. “NanoPay is now focused on expanding partnerships with central banks, commercial banks, telcos, acquirers, retailers as well as developers and POS providers that will further expand the utility and acceptance of MintChip,” the loyalty and payments platform provider says.

    Tangerine customers get chat-based banking

    January 11th, 2016

    Customers of Canada’s Tangerine Bank will soon be able to conduct transactions using Secure Chat, a service that will let them interact with the bank over a real-time chat session. “Clients will be able to interact on a wide variety of confidential banking matters, which could include getting specific account details or completing transactions, all within a chat session from the convenience of their mobile device or computer,” the bank says.

    NFC packaging to safeguard medicines

    December 23rd, 2015

    Patients will soon be able to identify whether pharmaceutical products are in a factory sealed or opened state and access contextual content with the tap of an NFC phone using a solution developed by Thinfilm and Jones Packaging. The technology will also enable pharmaceutical companies to authenticate products and track individual items. More

    Canadian pilot for NFC public transport solution

    December 8th, 2015

    Canadian NFC mobile wallet service Suretap and TSM provider EnStream have completed a proof of concept trial with public transport agency Société de transport de Montréal (STM) that enabled transit passengers to pay fares using their smartphone.  More

    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 adds close to 100 banks in the US

    November 18th, 2015

    Apple has added just under 100 more banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The service has also gone live in Canada this week and has added support from TSB and Tesco Bank in the UK.

    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

    Apple Pay to launch in Canada this week?

    November 16th, 2015

    American Express has confirmed that Apple Pay is set to launch in Canada on November 17, iPhone In Canada reports. “Customer service representatives we spoke with confirmed the date over the phone numerous times,” the publication says. “The date would presumably be when the final release of iOS 9.2 will be out to support Apple Pay.” Apple announced its plans to launch the mobile payments service in Canada in October 2015.

    Credit card networks in “standoff” with Apple in Canada

    November 9th, 2015

    Apple’s decision to launch Apple Pay in Canada with just the support of American Express “had less to do with Apple’s strategy for entering Canada specifically, and more to do with a global push that aims to negotiate by credit-card network rather than bank by bank,” a source has told The Globe and Mail. “Sources familiar with the negotiations say the most pointed standoff was between Apple and credit-card companies,” the newspaper says. “Rather than allowing negotiations with multiple parties to drag on, Apple decided to partner solely with American Express Co, which will help the company stick to its rumoured timeline of a November rollout in Canada.”

    Suretap adds Points loyalty cards to NFC mobile wallet

    November 4th, 2015

    Canadian mobile wallet provider Suretap has added a loyalty section powered by the Points loyalty network to its NFC mobile wallet, enabling users to earn and use rewards offered by more than 100 global reward… More

    RBC reports strong uptake for HCE wallet, adds support for digital receipts, loyalty and gift cards

    October 30th, 2015

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has trebled its mobile wallet user base since moving from a SIM-based model to host card emulation (HCE) six weeks ago, the bank’s head of payments innovation has told… More

    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

    MasterCard extends tokenization platform to clothing, accessories and wearable devices

    October 26th, 2015

    MasterCard has extended the capabilities of its tokenization service to enable payments to be made using “virtually any device”, including NFC-enabled clothing, jewellery and vehicle keyfobs. “Products will begin rolling out in 2016 in the US,” the payments network says, “with plans to expand to other markets.” More

    Ugo reports 100,000 NFC wallet users

    October 23rd, 2015

    Canadian open NFC mobile wallet provider Ugo Wallet has signed up more than 100,000 users since its launch in November 2014, up from 50,000 in August 2015. Customers have uploaded a total of over 250,000 cards to their Ugo wallets, the company says.

    Velocity Mobile picks up Tab

    October 16th, 2015

    Restaurant payment app provider Velocity Mobile has acquired Tab Payments, a mobile payments app for diners in Canada accepted at more than 100 restaurants in Toronto and Montreal. “The acquisition further expands Velocity’s reach, which now connects premier restaurants with global diners in six major cities in the US, UK and Canada,” Velocity Mobile says. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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