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

    Lenovo launches NFC transport payments in Beijing

    September 20th, 2016

    Commuters in Beijing can now use Lenovo X3 smartphones to make NFC mobile payments across public transportation services. The option has been launched by the handset maker in collaboration with Oberthur Technologies (OT) and transportation… More

    Xiaomi launches Mi Pay NFC mobile payments

    September 1st, 2016

    Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has launched its Mi Pay NFC-based mobile payments service in its domestic market. More

    Huawei Pay goes live in China

    September 1st, 2016

    Handset maker Huawei has announced the launch of its Huawei Pay NFC-based mobile payment service in China, in collaboration with bankcard association China UnionPay and support from 25 of the country’s banks. The service makes use… More

    Xiaomi to launch Mi Pay on 1 September

    August 31st, 2016

    Chinese handset maker Xiaomi will launch its Mi Pay NFC-based mobile payment service on 1 September, in collaboration with bankcard association China UnionPay. “It can be linked to credit cards and debit cards from 10 banks,” China Daily reports. “With Mi Pay, consumers can also use smartphones as transportation cards.” Xiaomi unveiled Mi Pay earlier this month, after reports emerged in April that the company was working with China UnionPay.

    IHG to accept Alipay in hotels worldwide

    August 25th, 2016

    Chinese tourists visiting hotels belonging to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will be able to settle their bill using Alipay in locations across the globe from 2017. “The new partnership, which has been agreed by Alipay’s parent company Ant Financial, will initially apply to IHG’s existing estate of more than 270 hotels in Greater China, as well as a number of hotels around the world that participate in IHG’s China Ready Programme,” Ant Financial says.

    Xiaomi unveils Mi Pay NFC mobile payments in China

    August 17th, 2016

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled Mi Pay, an NFC-based mobile payment service expected to be made available on the Xiaomi Mi 5 handset with support from a number of the country’s banks. More

    Alibaba developing VR mobile payments

    August 11th, 2016

    Chinese internet giant Alibaba is developing virtual reality-enabled mobile payment technology, according to China Daily. The company is working on a project that would “allow users to pay bills in a 3D virtual world by nodding their heads or making other gestures to log in payment accounts,” the publication reports. No official release date has been given, though an Alibaba employee has been quoted saying September is a possibility.

    Mastercard planning to become a PSP in China

    July 25th, 2016

    Mastercard is planning to apply to become a payment service provider (PSP) in China this year but is still deciding whether to do so alone or with a partner, according to Reuters. “China in June allowed foreign payment card companies to operate in the country under new rules,” the publication reports. “Under the rules, China’s national security and cyber security standards must be met. Applicants must also hold 1 billion yuan (US$150m) in registered capital in a local company.”

    PBOC working to regulate QR code mobile payments in China

    July 25th, 2016

    People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is working to create a system for regulating QR code mobile payments in the country, after it suspended QR code-based services run by third-party payment providers in March 2014. “Payment providers including Alipay and Tenpay, along with a number of commercial banks, have continued marketing their QR code payment services,” Caixin reports. “A source close to the central bank said that the 2014 ban was put in place because there were no rules or standards for third party QR code payment services.” PBOC also moved to open up Chinese mobile payment services in August 2015.

    Apple Pay adds 13 US banks

    July 20th, 2016

    Apple has added a further 13 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. “The system now supports over 1,200 individual banks and credit unions in the US alone,” iMore reports. “This is in addition to the more than 30 financial institutions supported across Australia, Canada, China, Singapore and the UK.” The mobile payment service launched in France earlier this week as well as in Hong Kong.

    Alibaba unveils connected car with Alipay mobile payments

    July 19th, 2016

    Chinese internet giant Alibaba has unveiled a new “internet car” that will let drivers make mobile payments from their seat using affiliate company Ant Financial’s Alipay mobile payment platform. More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Brazil this month

    July 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will begin rolling out across Brazil on July 19, Samsung has confirmed, making it the first market in South America to introduce the mobile payment service. It will be supported by both MasterCard and Visa as well as Banco do Brasil, Brasil Pré-Pagos, Caixa, Porto Seguro, and Santander. More

    Starbucks launches mobile payments in China

    July 13th, 2016

    Customers at Starbucks stores in China will now be able to pay for their order using their mobile phone and the coffee giant’s QR code-based mobile payment service which has now been launched in 2,200 locations across the country. More

    Samsung Pay launches in Puerto Rico

    July 13th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has gone live in Puerto Rico with support from Banco Popular, the country’s largest bank. The service is supported by MasterCard and Visa and is available from mobile network operators AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Claro. More

    Swatch Bellamy launches in Brazil in time for Rio 2016

    July 7th, 2016

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Swatch has launched its Swatch Bellamy NFC payments watch in Brazil in partnership with Visa in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  More

    Starwood expands keyless entry to hotels worldwide

    June 29th, 2016

    The Bluetooth-based mobile keyless entry solution unveiled by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in November 2014 has been extended to select Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton and Four Points hotels, with “many additional properties” expected to go… More

    UnionPay launches HCE mobile QuickPass in South Korea

    June 28th, 2016

    Bankcard association UnionPay International has launched its host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization based mobile payment service in South Korea, enabling its cardholders to pay by tapping their mobile phones. The launch of UnionPay HCE mobile QuickPass is supported by mobile network operator KT and its subsidiary BCcard. More

    Alipay parent company seeks expansion overseas

    June 20th, 2016

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial is seeking to buy a 20% stake in Thai online payment provider Ascend Money and to increase its stake to 30% at a later date. “Ascend’s subsidiaries include True Money, an online payment service provider, and Ascend Nano, a licensed financial services provider,” Reuters reports. “Ant Financial, whose Alipay payment platform dominates the online payments industry in China, is looking to expand its presence overseas.”

    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

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