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

    Yandex.Money adds iMessage transfers

    October 17th, 2016

    Russian consumers using online payment service Yandex.Money can now send money directly through Apple’s instant messaging service iMessage. “In order to send money to someone, a user opens iMessage, chooses a person from their contacts, selects the Yandex.Money app and specifies the amount to be transferred,” the company says. “The sender receives a message to confirm the money transfer. The sender then enters their Yandex.Money app password to complete the transfer.” Yandex.Money added NFC to its mobile app in April 2016.

    Apple Pay goes live in Russia

    October 4th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Russia, allowing consumers to pay in-store and make in-app and online purchases. The service is currently supported by Mastercard and Sberbank and is accepted at branches of Atak, Auchan,… More

    Samsung Pay makes debut in Russia

    October 4th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has launched in Russia with support from Alfa-Bank, MTS Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Russian Standard Bank, Yandex, mobile network operator MTS and Mastercard. It is available on Samsung Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy… More

    Apple Pay heads to New Zealand and Russia

    September 8th, 2016

    Apple Pay is preparing to launch in New Zealand with support from ANZ Bank New Zealand. “The payment system will work with Visa credit and debit cards issued by ANZ,” Stuff reports. “A release date has not been announced, but it is expected to arrive before the end of the year.” The service is also expected to launch in Russia, according to AppleInsider. A start date has not yet been announced. Apple Pay will arrive in Japan with Sony FeliCa technology next month.

    MDM Bank launches HCE in Russia

    September 2nd, 2016

    Customers of Russia’s MDM Bank can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using the bank’s mobile banking app. The service is currently available for Mastercard customers only and makes use of OpenWay’s Way4 HCE and tokenisation technology. “Using the MDM Bank mobile app, customers can now pay from their Mastercard account with no need to enter a PIN code or additional app password or even to activate the application before payment,” OpenWay says.

    MTS launches NFC mobile payments

    September 1st, 2016

    Customers of Russian mobile network operator MTS can now make NFC mobile payments using the carrier’s new MTS Money service, which enables users to upload virtual banking cards, public transport tickets and discount coupons. “MTS subscribers will be able to upload their MTS Money banking card into the app or register a new one without visiting MTS offices,” MTS says. “The balance of the card can be replenished directly through the app from the cards of other banks.”

    MegaFon launches contactless card with carrier billing

    August 23rd, 2016

    Russian mobile network operator MegaFon has begun offering customers a contactless card enabling them to make in-store purchases wherever Mastercard is accepted, charging the payment to their mobile phone bill. The MegaFon card is currently available in Moscow and surrounding areas, as well as St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Vologda. It is scheduled to be made available nationwide from 1 October.

    Yandex.Checkout gets QR codes

    July 29th, 2016

    Russians can now make payments through online payment service Yandex.Checkout by scanning a QR code with the Yandex.Money mobile app. “Once the code is scanned, the app will show the product’s name, seller and price,” the company says. “The user chooses a payment method — either Yandex.Money e-wallet or a bank card linked to it. QR codes can be placed either on material goods, documents or digital products.” More than 76,000 online stores use Yandex.Checkout, while Yandex.Money has 4m users. Yandex.Money added NFC to its mobile app in April 2016.

    Yandex.Money adds NFC to mobile app

    April 20th, 2016

    Russian online payment service Yandex.Money has added NFC to its Android mobile app so that users can make mobile payments by tapping their smartphone on contactless terminals. “To enable NFC payments, users can simply update the Yandex.Money app on their phones,” the company says. “A virtual MasterCard will be issued to their account automatically — its balance is the balance of the user’s Yandex.Money e-wallet.”

    MegaFon closes P2P payments service

    March 14th, 2016

    Russian mobile network operator MegaFon has closed its MegaFon Money P2P mobile payment service in favour of supporting Qiwi Wallet, which integrated host card emulation (HCE) support in August 2015. “After we launched a joint service with Qiwi Wallet last February, we made a decision not to develop two similar financial services in the company and to close MegaFon Money,” the carrier confirmed to NFC World.

    Samsung Pay to launch in Russia?

    February 16th, 2016

    Samsung Pay may soon be on its way to Russia, SamMobile reports. “It appears that Russia’s largest mobile carrier has already prepared promotional material for the Galaxy S7; the image leaked online shows a poster with the very familiar looking Galaxy S7 as well as a clear indication that Samsung Pay will be supported,” the publication says. “Samsung Pay might very well be launched in Russia alongside the new flagship in the coming weeks.”

    Russian mobile payments startup raises US$3.8m

    February 3rd, 2016

    Russian mobile payments startup PayQR has received an investment of 300m rubles (US$3.8m) from businessman Sergey Kozlovsky. “PayQR allows you to pay without a credit card and cash with the help of the so-called QR code,” Vedomosti reports. “In 2016, PayQR will also work via NFC.” The company raised US$1.5m from an unknown investor in 2014.

    Study reveals global views on payment data security

    January 27th, 2016

    A 16-page study that presents findings from research into how companies approach payment data security is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. The study also reveals why IT professionals believe the risk… More

    Gemalto supplies NFC SIMs to Russian carriers for transit ticketing in Moscow

    January 21st, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is supplying Russian mobile network operators MegaFon and VimpelCom with UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIMs that allow the carriers’ subscribers to board metro trains, trams and buses across Moscow using… More

    In-store mobile payments increase four-fold across the US

    December 11th, 2015

    The use of in-store mobile payments increased nearly four-fold across the US this year, from 5% in 2014 to 18% in 2015, research from Deloitte reveals, with approximately one in five consumers using their phone… More

    Russian commuters get NFC mobile ticketing in Moscow

    September 11th, 2015

    Subscribers to Russian mobile network operators MegaFon, Beeline and MTS can now pay for travel on public transport in Moscow using their NFC smartphone. The project has been implemented by the Moscow Department of Transport,… More

    Qiwi adds HCE payments to mobile wallet

    August 24th, 2015

    Russian payment services provider Qiwi has integrated Visa payWave technology into its Qiwi Wallet app to enable host card emulation (HCE) payments at any contactless terminal. “Visa Qiwi Wallet account can be topped up in any of more than 100,000 Qiwi kiosks throughout Russia by linking a bank card or from a mobile phone account,” Qiwi says. “The contactless Visa payWave solution is preinstalled in the new version of the e-wallet.”

    Alfa-Bank customers get contactless watches to make payments

    July 10th, 2015

    Customers of Russia’s Alfa-Bank can now use a contactless-enabled watch designed and supplied by Austrian company Watch2Pay to make payments with a tap of their wrist wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted. “AlfaPay wristwatch is a… More

    Gazprombank pilots NFC tickets

    June 4th, 2015

    Russia’s Gazprombank and MasterCard are piloting NFC mobile and contactless card payments for transit fares using PayPass terminals across the K-39 bus route in St Petersburg. “Residents and guests will be able to quickly, easily and securely pay for their fare by bank cards and others devices; mobile phones, watches, key chains, stickers etc,” MasterCard says.

    MasterCard reports on HCE payments tests in 15 countries

    February 25th, 2015

    MasterCard is currently conducting more than 25 host card emulation (HCE) projects in 15 countries, the payments network has announced, with multiple issuers now moving close to commercial deployments. “In offering an alternative to the… More

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