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

    London taxis to get contactless payments

    November 27th, 2015

    All London taxis will be required to accept contactless payments from October 2016, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed. “TfL has negotiated with the credit card industry to bring down the cost for drivers of accepting card payments,” TfL says. “This will reduce transaction fees paid by cabbies from up to 10% to 3% or less of the transaction. Taxi drivers will recoup their transaction costs through a proposed 20p increase on the basic fare.”

    28% of UK shoppers want beacons in-store

    November 23rd, 2015

    More than one in four UK shoppers (28%) would like retailers to know exactly who they are when they walk in using location-based technologies such as iBeacon, research by Harris Interactive for Salesforce UK reveals. “39% of high street shoppers would be willing to share data around their personal preferences with a retailer to receive a faster and more convenient service,” Salesforce UK says.

    MyPINpad takes PIN authentication online

    November 23rd, 2015

    UK consumers may soon be able to authenticate online and mobile transactions using a PIN-based solution from myPINpad following trials with UK payments infrastructure operator VocaLink. “Collaborative discussions have already been initiated with a number of the UK’s leading banks, acquirers and issuers, merchants and PSPs, focused on a number of authentication use cases,” myPINpad says.

    MasterCard lets Apple Pay users travel for free in London

    November 20th, 2015

    Passengers using Apple Pay to pay for travel with a MasterCard on London’s transport network will have their fares refunded by the payments network over the next four Mondays. More

    Samsung Pay set for China, Spain and UK?

    November 19th, 2015

    Samsung Pay will launch in China, Spain and the UK in the first quarter of 2016, “as per the information that we’ve received,” SamMobile reports. The service has been live in Korea since August 2015 and in the US since September.

    Apple Pay goes live in Australia

    November 19th, 2015

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Australia, allowing American Express cardholders to make NFC mobile payments using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch devices. More

    Apple Pay adds close to 100 banks in the US

    November 18th, 2015

    Apple has added just under 100 more banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The service has also gone live in Canada this week and has added support from TSB and Tesco Bank in the UK.

    UK consumers favour mobile PINs for large transactions

    November 18th, 2015

    Nearly nine in ten UK consumers (85%) would like to be notified on their mobile of high value transactions and authorise the payment with a PIN code, research from myPINpad shows. 90% of frequent online shoppers also say that they would use a PIN to authorise payment via their mobile. “69% of respondents feel secure shopping in-store thanks to chip & PIN,” the company says.

    Apple Pay could launch in Australia this week

    November 18th, 2015

    Apple Pay may go live in Australia on November 19, following its launch in Canada earlier this week. “Though Apple Pay only links with American Express cards for now, it’s understood Apple has signed up with over 1,000 banks globally and is keen to gain similar traction in Australia,” The Australian reports. Apple Pay launched in the US in October 2014 and has been live in the UK since July 2015.

    Apple Pay goes live in Canada for American Express cardholders

    November 17th, 2015

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Canada, allowing American Express cardholders to pay in-store with compatible Apple devices at Amex contactless merchants as well as make purchases within participating mobile apps. “Apple Pay will… More

    TSB and Tesco Bank go live with Apple Pay

    November 17th, 2015

    UK banks TSB and Tesco Bank are now supporting Apple Pay. TSB has also extended the contactless cashback incentive it launched in September 2015 to the mobile payments service. TSB customers will earn 5% cashback on their first £100 of combined Apple Pay and contactless spending until December 2016.  Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland added support for Apple Pay in September 2015 along with M&S Bank. Six banks supported the service when it launched in July. Barclays will also support Apple Pay but is yet to announce a launch date.

    Vodafone adds MasterCard to NFC wallet

    November 16th, 2015

    Vodafone Wallet users in Europe will be able to make payments with their NFC phone using MasterCard cards “within weeks”, the mobile network operator has announced. “Contactless card payments using Vodafone Wallet require a Vodafone NFC SIM and are supported on more than 60 Android smartphones.” Vodafone Wallet launched in September 2013 and is currently live in Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, the UK, Italy and Hungary.

    Worldpay employees trial finger vein biometrics for payments in stores

    November 11th, 2015

    Employees of UK-based payment processor Worldpay are taking part in a three week proof-of-concept trial to evaluate the use of finger vein technology (FVT) to authenticate payments at the point-of-sale without the need for a card. More

    Black cabs across London can now accept HailoPay mobile payments

    November 11th, 2015

    A mobile payment service that lets taxi passengers pay via their credit or debit card is now available to all of London’s 22,500 black cabs. To date, 15,000 of the city’s taxi drivers have signed up to the service. More

    Fashion retailer TopShop launches range of contactless payment accessories

    November 11th, 2015

    UK fashion retailer TopShop has launched a range of accessories equipped with Barclaycard’s bPay technology that enable shoppers to make tap and go payments at any contactless terminal. The TopShop x bPay range will come… More

    Vodafone installs NFC touchpoints in 84 UK stores

    November 10th, 2015

    Vodafone customers can now tap their phone against NFC touchpoints in 84 UK stores to access the Vodafone Start mobile hub. “Your phone will whisk you straight to Vodafone Start, where you can check out your monthly usage allowance with the My Vodafone app, take a detailed look at our 4GEntertainment packs, set up your Vodafone Wallet, top-up and even keep tabs on your Vodafone Broadband,” the company says.

    UK banks warn against storing multiple fingerprints on iPhones

    November 6th, 2015

    UK banks have reportedly warned Apple Pay users that if they store other people’s fingerprints on their iPhones, they will be treated as if they have failed to keep their personal details safe. “This means the bank can decline to refund disputed transactions or refuse to help where customers claim they have been victims of fraud,”  The Telegraph reports. “This is because Touch ID works to unlock phones as well as authorise payments through Apple Pay.”

    ‘Contactless’ shortlisted for UK word of the year

    November 5th, 2015

    ‘Contactless’ has made the shortlist for the 2015 Collins Word of the Year but missed out on the top spot to the word ‘Binge-watch’. “Thanks to a million adverts from TFL telling us we no longer have to top-up and Apple’s iPhone 6 and smartwatch, it’s been the number one word on billboards, bus stops and most importantly, at the Pret-a-Manger till point,” Collins Dictionary explains.

    Mobile payments first choice for 8% of UK millennials

    November 5th, 2015

    Some 8% of UK millennials see mobile payments becoming their primary payment method over the next decade, compared with 80% choosing cards and 11% saying cash, research from Compass Plus shows. “Over 80% of the millennial respondents chose either a debit, credit or contactless card as the payment method they will use the most in 10 years time,” the findings reveal.

    Over 50s go contactless in the UK

    November 4th, 2015

    Seven out of ten over 50 year olds in the UK now have a contactless card and one in five use it up to three times a week, research from Saga reveals. “Seven out of ten worry about the security of contactless cards,” the company adds. “The survey shows that four out of ten people aged 80 to 89 have used their contactless card and, in fact, this age group are the least likely to worry about the security of contactless cards.”

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