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

    Samsung Pay to begin beta test in Singapore

    May 31st, 2016

    Samsung Pay has invited a “select group of consumers” in Singapore to begin beta testing the mobile payment service ahead of an anticipated launch in Q2 2016. “Response from consumers is encouraging, with thousands who have signed up,” Samsung says. “Registration has now closed and eligible consumers will be notified progressively ahead of the Samsung Pay Beta Test Program.” Citibank Singapore has also announced that it will support Samsung Pay when it launches in the country.

    UOB to lift NFC mobile payment limit in Singapore

    May 30th, 2016

    Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB) will lift the S$100 (US$73) contactless transaction limit for NFC mobile payments at all of its point-of-sale terminals by the end of next year. “The limit has been removed at 2,000 of its 10,000 terminals so far,” UOB says. “With the removal of the limit, mobile contactless payments made at UOB terminals through Apple Pay or UOB Mighty Pay for Android phones will have no limit other than the customer’s own credit or debit card limit.” The bank launched its host card emulation (HCE) based UOB Mighty Pay service in November 2015.

    Apple Pay adds Visa, MasterCard and five major banks in Singapore

    May 25th, 2016

    Consumers in Singapore can now add their MasterCard and Visa cards to Apple Pay, after the mobile payment service launched there in April 2016 with support from American Express alone. Five of the country’s major… More

    Samsung Pay adds membership and loyalty cards in the US

    May 19th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users across the US can now add their merchant membership and loyalty cards to the mobile payment service and receive savings, rewards and other offers by having a card’s barcode scanned by the cashier at the point of sale. More

    Android Pay launches in the UK

    May 18th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payment service across the UK, allowing consumers to make payments at any contactless terminal with a tap of their Android handset. The service launches with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight British banks, “with new banks being added all the time,” the company says. More

    Singtel Dash mobile payments service adds NFC transit

    May 10th, 2016

    Singapore mobile network operator Singtel has made NFC transport payments and top-ups available through its Singtel Dash mobile payments platform. Deals and rewards have also been added as well as overseas money transfers.  More

    Apple Pay expands to MasterCard, Visa and five key banks in Canada

    May 10th, 2016

    Canadian consumers can now add their MasterCard and Visa credit cards as well as their Interac debit cards to Apple Pay after the mobile payments service launched in the country with support from American Express alone in November 2015. Five banks have also announced their support for Apple Pay, including two of the country’s largest — Royal Bank of Canada and BMO Financial Group. More

    Apple Pay gets 1m new users every week

    April 27th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now signing up 1m new users per week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the company’s second quarter earnings call. “Apple Pay is growing at a tremendous rate with more than five times the transaction volume of a year ago and 1m new users per week,” Cook told investors. “More expansion of Apple Pay is coming soon.” The mobile payment service is currently live in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore.

    Apple Pay adds more than 50 banks in the US

    April 20th, 2016

    Apple has added more than 50 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The update follows the mobile payment service’s launch in Singapore earlier this week.

    Samsung Pay to launch in Singapore in Q2 this year

    April 20th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in Singapore in the second quarter of this year, the company has announced, adding it to South Korea, the US and China on the list of Samsung’s “priority markets”. The service will launch… More

    Apple Pay launches in Singapore

    April 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Singapore, letting consumers pay in store with compatible Apple devices and make purchases within participating mobile apps using their American Express cards, with support from Visa expected “soon”…. More

    Singapore carriers to use Gemalto NFC SIMs for transit ticketing rollout

    April 4th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is supplying Singapore’s mobile network operators with UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIMs for the rollout of a service enabling commuters to use a mobile version of their EZ-Link transit card… More

    Singapore commuters get NFC payments

    March 30th, 2016

    Customers of mobile network operators M1, Singtel and StarHub can now pay for journeys on public transport services in Singapore with a tap of their NFC device as a result of a partnership between the Land Transport Authority (LTA), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and transport card issuer EZ-Link. More

    Nearly half of top marketers plan to invest in NFC in 2016

    March 15th, 2016

    Close to half (46%) of the top marketers surveyed for a new location-based marketing report say they plan to invest in NFC this year. 41% plan to invest in Bluetooth beacons, 63% in WiFi and 57% in GPS. More

    LTA to test account-based contactless ticketing in Singapore

    March 2nd, 2016

    Commuters in Singapore will be piloting a new ticketing system in the fourth quarter of this year that will let them use their contactless debit or credit cards for fare payments across Land Transport Authority (LTA)… More

    MasterCard to support Apple Pay in Canada?

    March 1st, 2016

    MasterCard could begin supporting Apple Pay in Canada this year, according to a MacRumors report. “MasterCard is also looking to support Apple Pay in Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore in 2016,” the publication says. “The information is based on an unverified document, however, so the plans cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt until other evidence surfaces.” Apple Pay launched in Canada in November 2015 with support from American Express alone.

    Nets FlashPay and AutoPass Cards get NFC phone top-ups

    February 25th, 2016

    Commuters in Singapore can now top up their Nets FlashPay and AutoPass Cards by tapping them against an NFC Android smartphone running the FlashPay Reader app. “With this new top-up feature on the app, foreign motorists can use credit cards issued by Singapore or Malaysian banks to top-up their Autopass Cards on the go,” says electronic payments network Nets.

    Samsung Pay hits 5m users and is set for global expansion in 2016

    February 21st, 2016

    Samsung Pay now has approximately five million users in South Korea and the US who have processed more than $500m through the mobile payment service in the first six months since its launch. The service is due to be rolled out in China next month, Samsung has revealed, followed by a global expansion to Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, the UK and Canada later in the year. 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

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