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

Paym reaches 1m users

August 7th, 2014

More than one million Brits have now registered for Paym, the mobile payments service operated by the UK’s Payments Council, with just over £6.5m being sent on the platform since its launch in April this year. “It’s hugely encouraging that one million people have chosen to register for Paym already, but this milestone only marks the start of growth in the service,” says the company’s Jemma Smith.

One Stop gives mobile vouchers

August 6th, 2014

UK convenience store chain One Stop is introducing Eagle Eye’s AIR technology in all of its 700-plus stores to issue real-time, personalised offers to customers via SMS and email that can be redeemed in-store on a mobile device. “The SMS or email that they receive will come with a barcode which can be scanned at till,” Eagle Eye told NFC World+.

London buses accept NFC payments

August 5th, 2014

London buses now accept payments made using mobile network operator EE’s Cash on Tap NFC solution. Travellers will also be able to pay with NFC on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground from 16 September 2014.

London Underground to accept NFC payments

July 25th, 2014

Users of mobile network operator EE’s Cash on Tap NFC payments service will be able to use their mobile phone to pay for travel on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services… More

Waitrose showcases QR payments

July 25th, 2014

Upmarket UK supermarket chain Waitrose has shown off a proof-of-concept mobile shopping service, based on Ensygnia’s Onescan technology, that “allows customers to complete a payment in-store using a mobile phone app, completing a purchase direct from any iPad screen in the store, without the need to head to the till point”.

Consult Hyperion demos EMV mobile payments over BLE on an iPhone

July 22nd, 2014

UK payments technology specialist Consult Hyperion has unveiled a proof-of-concept solution that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and host card emulation (HCE) to enable both iPhone and Android NFC phone owners to make MasterCard, Visa… More

Barclays reports Pingit stats

July 18th, 2014

Barclays’ Pingit P2P payments service has been used to send £540million since the launch of the service in February 2012, the bank has revealed, and the app has been downloaded 3m times. One in four UK Pingit users are based in London and users in the capital sent more than £60m via Pingit in the first six months of 2014.

Visa Inc abandons digital wallet ambitions, Visa Europe to continue investing

July 17th, 2014

Visa Inc is replacing its V.me digital wallet service with Visa Checkout, a new payment service that enables consumers in the US, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in “just… More

Online furniture retailer tests NFC in London showroom

July 16th, 2014

Online furniture retailer Made.com is trialling an NFC shopping experience at its London showroom, enabling consumers to tap NFC tags to find out further information about items and email themselves a wishlist of products they… More

DMA warns on push messaging

July 15th, 2014

One in three UK smartphone or tablet owners have never enabled push notifications on their connected devices and 78% of those who have enabled it would immediately delete the app or disable the notification if they were unhappy with the push notifications they receive, a DMA UK survey has found. Sales promotions (34%), new product launches (26%) and location-based offers (24%) top the list of push notifications consumers are most willing to receive.

Brits turn to mobile for purchase decision making

July 11th, 2014

Nearly half of all UK consumers with a tablet or smartphone (46%) now use mobile devices as their primary tool for telecoms purchase decision making, 39% for insurance and 33% for retail, according to new… More

UK city to run NFC, QR and BLE shopper marketing pilot

July 11th, 2014

Proximity commerce specialist Proxama has partnered with the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) and Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) to run a shopper marketing pilot in the UK city of Norwich. Proximity engagement… More

Seqr heads to UK

July 10th, 2014

Swedish firm Seamless, developer of the NFC and QR-based Seqr mobile payments service, has signed deals with Optimal Payments and Contis Group to bring the solution to the UK. Last week, Seamless signed a deal with Incomm to take Seqr to the US market.

Two thirds of UK smartphone owners open to the idea of mobile wallets

July 10th, 2014

Two thirds of UK smartphone owners are open to the idea of using a mobile wallet, according to a survey conducted by Marketing Sciences — but most consumers want to use a mobile wallet to… More

British Banking Association reports on UK’s banking ‘revolution’

July 9th, 2014

Mobile and internet banking in the UK is now being used for transactions worth nearly £1bn a day and totalling £6.4bn a week, up from £5.8bn last year, according to an industry-wide report on how… More

Easyjet pilots Bluetooth beacons at three European airports

July 8th, 2014

Low-cost airline easyJet is trialling iBeacon technology at London Luton, London Gatwick and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports. The aim of the project is to “enhance the in airport experience”, the airline says. Bluetooth Low Energy… More

Boots delivers personalised offers to shoppers via new mobile app

July 3rd, 2014

UK pharmacy and retail chain Boots has launched a new mobile app that tailors offers to a customer’s shopping habits. Customers will be able to browse through special deals, select their favourites and then redeem… More

Shortcut lets cricket fans order and pay for refreshments from their seat

July 1st, 2014

London’s Oval Cricket Ground is to test a mobile ordering and payment solution that lets fans use their mobile phone to place an order and complete payment without having to leave their seat. The service… More

Edinburgh trams use QR codes to validate mobile tickets before boarding

June 30th, 2014

The city of Edinburgh’s new tram service is using QR codes placed at tram stops to validate passengers’ mobile tickets before they board. Passengers of Edinburgh Trams can use an app, developed by Corethree, to select,… More

Carrefour and Nisa track shoppers via Bluetooth beacons in trolleys and baskets

June 26th, 2014

Supermarket giant Carrefour and convenience store group Nisa are piloting a new technology that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons attached to trolleys and baskets to track a shopper’s journey around the store. Three Carrefour… More

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