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

    Apple Pay launches in Hong Kong

    July 20th, 2016

    Apple Pay has launched in Hong Kong with support from Mastercard, Visa and American Express. Participating banks include Bank of China (Hong Kong), DBS, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered, with support from The Bank of East Asia (BEA) and Tap&Go “coming soon”. More

    Apple Pay launches in France

    July 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across France with support from both Mastercard and Visa as well as Banque Populaire, Ticket Restaurant, Carrefour Banque and Caisse d’Epargne. Support from mobile network operators Boon and Orange France is also expected “soon”. 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

    Apple Pay launches in Switzerland

    July 7th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Switzerland, allowing consumers to make in-store and in-app payments using their compatible devices. The mobile payment service launches with support from MasterCard and Visa as well as card issuers Bonus Card, Cornercard and Swiss Bankers. More

    Barclaycard Loop adds NFC payments to any wearable device

    July 7th, 2016

    Barclaycard has unveiled Loop, the fourth product in its bPay contactless payment device range, which comes in the form of a contactless chip and lets consumers add NFC payment capability to the wearable devices they already own. More

    Swatch to take NFC to Switzerland with OT

    June 16th, 2016

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Swatch has partnered with Oberthur Technologies (OT) to provide NFC payments to customers in Switzerland through its Swatch Bellamy watch range. “OT’s FlyBuy SE (secure element) is fully integrated within Swatch Bellamy watches and provides a high level of security while enabling seamless payments and transactions,” says OT. Swatch Bellamy is expected to launch in Switzerland this month.

    DBS Hong Kong prepping Apple Pay support

    June 14th, 2016

    DBS Hong Kong will bring its customers Apple Pay when it launches in the territory this summer. “We are excited to be one of the first in Hong Kong to support Apple Pay for a best-in-class mobile payment experience for our customers,” says the bank’s Ken Chew. Apple announced it will be launching the mobile payment service in Switzerland, France and Hong Kong at the company’s WWDC event earlier this week.

    MasterCard supports Apple Pay expansion

    June 14th, 2016

    MasterCard will support the launch of Apple Pay in Switzerland, following the announcement that the mobile payment service is set for expansion across Switzerland, France and Hong Kong at Apple’s WWDC event this week. “We are involved wherever it launches,” the payment network confirmed to NFC World.

    Visa to support Apple Pay in Hong Kong

    June 14th, 2016

    Visa will support the launch of Apple Pay in Hong Kong, the payment network has confirmed, after announcing its support for the expansion of the mobile payment service to Switzerland and France. “One in ten Visa transactions in Hong Kong is a Visa PayWave transaction and we expect the number of contactless payments to grow even further,” says Caroline Ada, country manager of Visa Hong Kong and Macau.

    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

    Apple Pay to launch in Switzerland next week

    June 8th, 2016

    Apple Pay is expected to make its launch in Switzerland next week, according to Finews. Cornèr Bank will be one of the first to support the mobile payment service in the country, the German language publication reports.

    Swatch Bellamy to launch with Cornèr Bank in mid-June

    May 11th, 2016

    Cornèr Bank has signed an agreement with Swiss luxury watchmaker Swatch to make its Cornèrcard available for payments on the Swatch Bellamy NFC watch from mid-June. “Clients can sign up with the bank, pre-load the watch with funds and start shopping in Switzerland and around the world wherever Visa contactless is accepted,” Swatch says. Swatch confirmed its agreement with Visa and Visa Europe to roll out the NFC payments watch in the US, Switzerland and Brazil in November 2015.

    Swiss banks and retailers to launch joint mobile payments solution

    April 1st, 2016

    The five largest banks in Switzerland are in talks with financial infrastructure operator SIX and retail giants Coop and Migros over the launch of a common solution for mobile payments “across all channels” that can be “rapidly spread” across the country. More

    Swatch to focus on mass market smartwatches

    March 18th, 2016

    Luxury watchmaker Swatch will focus its smartwatch activities on its plastic Swatch brand before considering the technology for its pricier models. “Making progress in the smartwatch market is crucial for Swatch, which is seen as the most vulnerable of the Swiss watchmakers to inroads by the Apple Watch and similar watches produced by Samsung Electronics and others,” The Wall Street Journal reports. The company launched its first NFC payments watch, the Swatch Bellamy, in China in October 2015.

    Swisscom enables carrier billing for online purchases

    March 17th, 2016

    Customers of Swiss mobile network operator Swisscom can now pay for goods online by charging the cost to their phone bill through a partnership between the carrier and Docomo Digital, a division of Japanese carrier NTT Docomo. “With a simple API integration, retailers of physical goods will be able now to offer Swisscom Direct Carrier Billing (Easypay) as a new payment method for customers,” Docomo Digital says. “The first retailer that will use the solution is MediaShop Group.”

    Apple Pay to launch in Switzerland?

    March 17th, 2016

    Apple is preparing to launch Apple Pay in Switzerland, a filing with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property suggests. “Apple’s new entry is well hidden,” finews.ch reports. “The company has only the brand logo of Apple Pay now enabled — a legal trick to avoid waking the competition.”

    Swiss P2P payments service moves in-store with QR codes

    March 3rd, 2016

    Shoppers in Switzerland can now make in-store mobile payments using Paymit, the P2P transfer service established by the country’s financial infrastructure operator SIX and telecommunications provider Swisscom. The in-store functionality is being piloted with select merchants… More

    ARM includes AMS NFC payments booster in wearables reference design

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design for wearables from processor designer ARM includes high-performance NFC technology from AMS that enables small-footprint devices with tiny antennas to couple with NFC readers as easily and reliably as… More

    Mondaine to add NFC payments to a range of luxury watches

    February 19th, 2016

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Mondaine is to add NFC payment capability to a variety of its watches, starting with its Mondaine Helvetica No1 smartwatch, that will let wearers make payments with a tap of their wrist at any contactless enabled terminal. More

    Swiss banks add support for Paymit mobile payments

    January 25th, 2016

    Paymit, the P2P transfer service set up by Switzerland’s SIX, UBS and Zürcher Kantonalbank, has added support from three more banks ahead of its launch as an in-store mobile payment solution in February 2016. Obwalden, St.Gallen and Zug will join the six other financial institutions already supporting the service. Paymit has been downloaded 170,000 times since launching in May 2015.

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