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

Samsung Pay trial in Korea confirmed

July 17th, 2015

Samsung has confirmed it began testing Samsung Pay with Korean credit card firm Samsung Card on July 15 for select customers in Korea. “Users of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the first to have access to Samsung Pay,” Samsung says. Rumours surfaced about the plans to trial the mobile payment solution earlier this month.

Apple Pay faces problems in Korea

July 9th, 2015

Apple faces challenges in introducing Apple Pay in Korea after failing to “coordinate different opinions” over transaction fees with local credit card companies, including Shinhan Card, Hyundai Card and KB Card. “There is a big difference in technical issues as well, including fingerprint recognition,” Business Korea reports. The news follows reports that Samsung Pay entered beta testing in Korea this week.

Samsung Pay enters beta testing

July 7th, 2015

Korean credit card firm Samsung Card is recruiting beta testers for Samsung Pay to pilot the mobile payments service in “various major offline member stores” from July 15 to August 20, Korea Bizwire reports. Eight Korean card companies have been “thoroughly testing” Samsung Pay, according to Android Authority, to ensure it is ready for public launch in Korea and the US in September 2015.

Koreans claim Apple Pay talks

July 3rd, 2015

Apple has reportedly held meetings with Korean financial institutions, including Hana Financial Group, as it looks to launch Apple Pay in the country. “We recently had a private meeting with Apple, and there are some problems that need to be solved,” a card company executive told ET News, adding that issues around tokenization and “commission problems” need to be addressed.

Naver Pay launches in Korea

June 25th, 2015

Korean internet portal Naver has launched its mobile payments platform Naver Pay following an unveiling in March. “Naver said it has partnered with 14 local banks and credit card firms to provide the payment service and plans to add more,” Korea Herald reports. “Naver currently has 53,000 member stores that are contracted to provide customers with Naver Pay.”

LG G5 could launch with iris scanner

June 1st, 2015

LG’s next flagship smartphone, the LG G5, will reportedly come equipped with an iris scanner and recognition technology developed by Korea-based biometrics provider Irience. “It is expected that the iris scanner will enable LG G5 users to use a wide variety of biometric technologies on the market,” Whowired Korea reports. “In particular, the feature will strengthen the security in the mobile banking transactions.”

Brainwave biometrics to arrive in three years

April 10th, 2015

Consumers could be able to authenticate themselves using brain wave and heart beat bio-signals from as soon as February 2018. The Korea Internet & Security Agency is to develop standards for the next-generation biometric technologies, and has set up a research committee which includes university hospitals and leaders from the telecommunications and biometrics industries, WhowiredKorea reports.

Naver Pay to go live in June

March 18th, 2015

Korean internet portal Naver is to introduce a mobile payments platform from June that will let users verify themselves using fingerprint recognition and make payments using their Naver ID, a password, the mobile number of the recipient and either a credit or debit card. “It has tied up with five credit card firms, including BC Card Co and Samsung Card Co, and is in talks with five major local banks to forge the partnership to provide Naver Pay,” Yonhap reports.

No Samsung Pay fees for Korean issuers

March 9th, 2015

No fees will be charged by Samsung to card issuers making use of its new Samsung Pay service in Korea, Business Korea reports, “to help dominate the rapidly-growing mobile payments market”. Samsung’s revenue plan for the US “is still unknown”, the report adds, “but an industry source said that the company is unlikely to charge fees in the US in light of its decision in Korea”.

Korea shifts to NFC authentication for mobile banking

March 2nd, 2015

Korean financial institutions are to offer streamlined NFC authentication for mobile banking transactions starting from as soon as the first half of 2015, according to local media reports. Bank customers currently use dedicated passcode generator devices… More

Fime gets NFC Forum analog testing qualification

January 5th, 2015

NFC testing specialist Fime has announced its labs in Asia, EMEA and Korea have been qualified to perform NFC Forum analog certification testing. “These Fime laboratories are now authorised to perform all forms of NFC Forum certification testing, covering analog, digital, logical link control protocol and simple NDEF exchange protocol (SNEP),” the company explains.

Korean banks partner with messaging giant for mobile banking service

November 13th, 2014

Korean internet and messaging giant Daum Kakao has launched BankWalletKakao, a mobile wallet service provided in partnership with 16 Korean banks and Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearing Institute (KFTC). The service leverages instant messaging technology… More

SK Planet to roll out Bluetooth beacons to 10,000 stores across Korea

November 3rd, 2014

SK Planet has launched a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) service in Korea that offers customers reward points and benefits directly on their mobile device whenever they enter a participating retail location. The BLE beacon-based solution is expected to be installed in more than 10,000 stores by next month. More

Samsung to offer money transfers

October 29th, 2014

Samsung will launch a mobile money transfer service in Korea at the end of this year in partnership with mobile payment service provider Yelopay and six banks, Korea Bizwire reports. “Samsung Wallet, which used to be used only for coupon services and app cards, is now transformed into [a] fintech service platform,” the article says, noting that users can send up to 100,000 won at a time through the service. “The six financial institutions including Kookmin, Shinhan, Woori, Nonghyup, Citi and Korea Post Office reportedly have announced collaboration with the electronics company, but it plans to expand to all financial organisations.”

Apple Pay to launch in Korea?

October 24th, 2014

Apple is eyeing up the possibility of launching Apple Pay in Korea, Korea Bizwire reports. “It is reported that the American company inquired with the Financial Supervisory Service about the electronic payment business licensing and security suitability evaluation procedure,” the article says. “According to financial industry sources on October 20, officials from Apple Korea visited the financial regulator recently and asked about domestic registration of its new e-payment service Apple Pay.”

Korea’s SK Planet buys US BLE offers platform Shopkick

September 29th, 2014

Mobile offers platform Shopkick, which is working with a number of high profile US retailers to roll out a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, has been acquired by SK Planet (SKP), operator of… More

KakaoTalk to add payments

August 6th, 2014

Korean mobile messaging service Kakao is to launch a new payment solution in September, in collaboration with nine credit card firms, that will let its 100 million KakaoTalk customers make payments using only their password. “Through integration of the payment modules to the KakaoTalk network, the company will help users buy goods simply with the KakaoTalk password once they register credit card or account information at the first transaction,” the Korea Times reports.

Starbucks now processes six million mobile payments a week

July 28th, 2014

Coffee chain giant Starbucks now has 12 million active users of its mobile app in the US and Canada alone. Customers make six million mobile payments a week — representing more than 15% of all… More

Korean banks accelerate mobile wallet plans

July 25th, 2014

Korea’s banks are making a renewed push on mobile payments in the face of increasing competition from outside the financial services sector, Korea Bizwire reports, citing Hana Bank’s ‘Hana N Wallet’, Industrial Bank of Korea’s ‘IBK One Money’, and Shinhan Bank’s ‘Zoo Money’ and ‘My Shinhan Pay’ services. “The sense of urgency that IT companies are encroaching on the mobile payment market is making banks competitively beef up their smartphone-based electronic commerce services and scramble into the war of mobile wallet,” it says.

CrucialTec to secure mobile banking with fingerprints

July 18th, 2014

Korean mobile input technology specialist CrucialTec is developing a fingerprint authentication solution that will replace passwords when consumers access mobile banking services on their smartphones, Korea Herald reports. The solution, which is designed to achieve the necessary security certification for use in online banking in Korea, is set to be introduced later this year.

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