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

TSB offers contactless cashback incentive

September 3rd, 2015

UK bank TSB is rewarding customers with 5% cashback on the first £100 (US$152) spent from a Classic Plus account each month using a contactless debit card. The incentive is part of the bank’s new 555 offer to reward customers for their everyday banking activities.

Lyle & Scott creates contactless payment jacket with bPay

September 2nd, 2015

Scottish knitwear brand Lyle & Scott has begun selling a contactless jacket that comes equipped with Barclaycard bPay technology to enable the wearer to make payments with a tap of the cuff at any contactless… More

Ingenico joins WorldPay bidding war

September 1st, 2015

Point-of-sale terminal maker Ingenico has submitted a bid for UK-based payment processor WorldPay. “WorldPay is heading for a London stock market flotation in autumn that could value it at around £6bn (US$9.24bn), but has been targeted by several private equity and rival firms,” Reuters reports. The news follows a Bloomberg report last week that claimed Germany’s Wirecard has also joined the bidding.

Payments boost from contactless limit rise

September 1st, 2015

The UK contactless limit increase from £20 to £30 could enable an extra three million Visa contactless transactions a day, worth more than £70m, Visa Europe says. “Supermarkets, clothes retailers, department stores and pharmacy chains will benefit the most from the increase,” the payment network says. Contactless now accounts for one in 11 in-store Visa transactions, it adds.

Brits spend £2.5bn with contactless in first half of 2015

September 1st, 2015

More than £2.5bn (US$3.8bn) was spent using contactless cards in the UK in the first half of 2015 compared to £2.32bn (US$3.55bn) for the whole of 2014, research from The UK Cards Association reveals as… More

UK contactless limit increases to £30

September 1st, 2015

The contactless spending limit of £20 (US$30) has risen to £30 (US$46) across the UK today. “Software will be rolled out across retailers who accept contactless payments from September 1,” The UK Cards Association says. “Once a terminal has updated, it will be able to process contactless transactions up to the new £30 limit.” The trades body has published guidance for retailers.

Half of Brits expect to replace cash with new technologies

August 28th, 2015

More than a quarter of UK consumers (27%) think they will be making payments using wearable devices including watches and wristbands within 10 years, 22% think they will be regularly using their fingerprint to make… More

UK contactless spending up 150% in last 12 months

August 27th, 2015

The amount that UK consumers are spending using contactless has risen 150% in the last 12 months, with the number of transactions up 134%, research from Barclaycard has revealed.  Meanwhile, almost six in 10 shoppers… More

PayPal One Touch expansion

August 26th, 2015

PayPal has extended its One Touch mobile payments solution to 13 new markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. “Eligible merchants in these markets will automatically have One Touch enabled without needing to do any integration,” the company says. The platform was launched in August 2014 and is available in the US, UK and Canada.

UK consumers increase contactless spending 560% in 12 months

August 26th, 2015

The amount British consumers have spent using their contactless cards has increased 560% in the last 12 months, research from MasterCard has revealed — a more than sixfold year-on-year growth and up from a 373%… More

Four in five Apple Watch owners use Apple Pay

August 24th, 2015

Some 80% of Apple Watch owners that are eligible to use Apple Pay have already done so, research from Wristly has found, with 79% saying they prefer using the mobile payments service on their Apple… More

PayPal launches contactless reader in UK

August 11th, 2015

PayPal has launched the new version of its PayPal Here card reader, equipped with contactless, in the UK following its unveiling in March. The reader “accepts contactless transactions payments from Visa, Maestro and MasterCard debit/credit cards along with Apple Pay,” PayPal writes in a blog post. “The new reader is set up to process transactions through chip and pin as well as those taken by swiping the magnetic stripe.”

Brits want black cab contactless payments

August 3rd, 2015

Three quarters of UK consumers say they should be able to pay for their fares in black cabs using contactless payments, a survey of 1,002 respondents conducted by YouGov and PLMR reveals. More than a third (35%) strongly believe they should be able to do so, 40% tend to agree, 14% neither agree nor disagree and only 5% disagree.

Vodafone customers top up with PowaTag

August 3rd, 2015

Pay-as-you-go customers of Vodafone UK can now top up their mobile phones via Powa Technologies’ mobile payment platform PowaTag in more than 500 Vodafone stores as well as Argos, Brighthouse, Co-Op, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, JD Williams and Wilkinson. The platform is already in use by France’s Teleshopping, Denmark’s Danske Bank and retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers.

London markets could go contactless

July 31st, 2015

Londoners may soon be able to pay with their contactless cards at market stalls across the city as a result of the £20m London Regeneration Fund launched by mayor Boris Johnson. “Ideas could include giving customers the opportunity to pay with their contactless credit card at a market stall, or providing customised discounts and services for local shops straight to customers’ mobile phones,” the mayor’s office says.

Tech firms do “better job” than banks, say 24% of young Brits

July 29th, 2015

More than a fifth (24%) of Britons aged between 18 and 34 believe companies such as Google, Apple and Amazon would do a “better job” of providing financial products and services than banks, with 8% now choosing their bank depending on the type of mobile service it offers, research from price comparison site uSwitch reveals.

Jobseekers offered head start on new vacancies with a tap of NFC phone

July 29th, 2015

Jobseekers in Australia, New Zealand, the US and UK could soon be able to get a head start on new vacancies by tapping their NFC phone against signs, posters and window stickers placed in shopping… More

HSBC and First Direct go live with Apple Pay in UK

July 28th, 2015

HSBC and First Direct customers in the UK can now add their debit and credit cards to Apple Pay, allowing them to use their iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad to pay at more than 250,000 locations. The banks were a notable absence from the list of supporting financial institutions when the mobile payment service launched in the UK earlier this month.

Shell UK rolls out PayPal mobile payments at the pump

July 24th, 2015

Motorists at oil and gas company Shell UK service stations can now make mobile payments at the pump using their Shell Motorist app and PayPal account. The move follows the announcement of the company’s plans… More

More than 50,000 European taxis to accept NFC mobile payments

July 24th, 2015

Fifty thousand taxis across Europe will soon be upgraded to accept payments for journeys with either a tap of a passenger’s NFC phone using a mobile app provided by The Payment House or using a… More

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