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

    Samsung Pay to launch in Spain next week

    May 26th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in Spain next week, marking the mobile payment service’s first expansion into Europe, City A.M. reports. Samsung is also “working on features beyond tap and pay to set it apart when it launches later this year in the UK,” the publication says. Samsung Pay announced its global expansion plans during a keynote at Mobile World Congress in February 2016.

    Europeans make 3bn Visa contactless payments in past 12 months

    May 11th, 2016

    Some 3bn contactless transactions have been made across Europe using Visa cards in the past 12 months, nearly tripling the number made in the previous 12-month period, Visa Europe has revealed. More

    Paytec to enable mobile payments using colour-coded light signals

    May 9th, 2016

    Italian payments solutions provider Payment Technologies (Paytec) is to build a new mobile payment technology into its vending machines that will let consumers make contactless payments using colour-coded light signals and tokenisation. More

    Boon launches in the UK and adds Apple Pay support

    May 3rd, 2016

    Consumers across the UK can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using German payments technology provider Wirecard’s Boon service. The service has also been integrated into Apple Pay for the first time, enabling those… More

    PayPal CEO announces NFC payments expansion

    April 29th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet with PayPal NFC-enabled payments is now live in Spain and is expected to be made available across Europe throughout the “back half of 2016”, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call.  More

    Banco Santander launches HCE in Spain

    April 21st, 2016

    Customers of Banco Santander in Spain can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using their NFC devices and the Santander Wallet mobile app. “The customer can select the card they want to pay for each purchase but, for convenience, they can also choose a favourite to be used by default,” the bank says. “For payments under €20, the PIN code is not required.”

    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

    Study examines attitudes to contactless payments in the UK, Germany and Spain

    March 11th, 2016

    More than 90% of British, German and Spanish business leaders interviewed for a survey of attitudes to contactless technology have already invested in contactless projects and expect that 10% of all transactions will be contactless within the next three years, a white paper now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre reveals. More

    Madrid pilots contactless ticketing

    March 4th, 2016

    Commuters in Madrid are piloting contactless bank card payments on 33 buses across two bus lines as a result of a partnership between EMT, which operates the city’s bus network, and MasterCard, Banco Santander and Santander Elavon. “Starting today and for eight weeks, a group of users begin to pay simple bus tickets with contactless bank cards,” MasterCard says. The service is due to be opened up after the pilot to all the 800,000 people who use lines 27 and Airport Express every month.

    Luxury winemaker integrates NFC into sherry bottles

    March 1st, 2016

    Spanish winemaker Barbadillo has integrated NFC into its limited edition bottles of Versos 1891 rare sherry so customers can check the beverage’s authenticity with a tap of their mobile device. “The NFC OpenSense tags incorporated into each bottle are specifically designed to thwart counterfeits, prevent unauthorized refills and facilitate product authentication,” says technology provider Thinfilm. The roll out follows a six-figure unit order for NFC OpenSense tags placed by packaging and labels provider Constantia Flexibles to deliver solutions to the beverage industry.

    Visa Checkout heads to six new markets

    February 25th, 2016

    Visa is expanding its online payment service to France, India, Ireland, Poland, Spain and the UK this year, taking the total footprint to 22 markets. Visa Checkout has been launched in 16 countries since its introduction in July 2014, including the US, Argentina, Brazil and Canada, with usage growing to more than 11m consumer accounts and acceptance by more than 250,000 merchants.

    Vodafone to roll out NFC mobile ticketing in Spanish cities

    February 23rd, 2016

    Vodafone Spain is to begin rolling out NFC mobile ticketing through its Vodafone Wallet in cities across Spain. The mobile network operator has teamed up with Gemalto and transport ticket provider PrePay Technologies to develop… More

    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

    Málaga Club de Fútbol fans get contactless wristbands

    February 19th, 2016

    Supporters of Spanish football club Málaga Club de Fútbol (CF) can now get contactless payment wristbands branded with the club’s logo from their local CaixaBank branches and be rewarded for using the device. “Malaguistas can… More

    MasterCard reports 150% increase in contactless transactions in Europe

    February 17th, 2016

    More than one billion contactless MasterCard and Maestro transactions were processed in Europe in 2015, up 150% on 2014, MasterCard reports. The value of transactions conducted using a contactless card or device increased by 183%…. More

    Meet NFC World’s partners at Mobile World Congress

    February 16th, 2016

    NFC World partners Giesecke & Devrient, Bell ID, Mahindra Comviva, NXP, Carta Worldwide, Gemalto and AMS will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 22-25 February. Here’s what you can expect to see from these industry leaders and where you can find them during the show. More

    PayPal partners with Vodafone for NFC payments in Europe

    February 12th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet users in Europe will soon be able to make NFC mobile payments at stores, restaurants and other retail locations using their PayPal accounts. The agreement between the online payments provider and Vodafone marks the… More

    Samsung Pay to make UK and Spain debut “very soon”

    February 11th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in the UK and Spain “very soon”, the head of Samsung Pay Europe has announced during the phone-maker’s European Forum 2016 event in Monaco. “More details at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks’ time,” Pocket-lint reports the company’s Nathalie Oestmann as saying.

    Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe

    February 8th, 2016

    Mobile banking service Pocopay has launched in the Netherlands, Spain and its home country of Estonia to let consumers split bills, request money using email addresses or QR codes and make payments via a MasterCard… More

    CaixaBank will not support MST transactions when it launches Samsung Pay in Spain

    January 25th, 2016

    Spain’s CaixaBank has revealed that it will not include support for Samsung Pay’s Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology when the bank launches support for the mobile payment service in the coming months. “It is mainly because… More

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