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

    Mastercard and Verifone unveil Instalments payments app

    December 2nd, 2016

    British consumers will be able to spread the cost of high-value in-store payments following a partnership between Mastercard and Verifone. The Mastercard Instalments app — the first of its kind in Britain — will launch on Verifone payment terminals at some UK retailers in January. The app has already launched in Romania, with BRD Groupe Societe Generale offering cardholders access to Mastercard Instalments at retailers across the country having conducted its first transaction last week.

    Alzheimer’s Research UK promotes Christmas ad through Proxama’s beacon network

    December 1st, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on digital payment solutions provider Proxama’s beacon network to promote its Santa Forgot Christmas campaign. The video is being shared across buses,… More

    Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand

    December 1st, 2016

    Android Pay is launching in New Zealand initially only for customers of BNZ bank who own a Visa Flexi debit card. “New Zealanders have a longstanding affinity with electronic payments, as shown most recently by… More

    Off the cuff mobile payments from British fashion brand

    November 29th, 2016

    British accessories brand Tovi Sorga is working with Barclaycard to include contactless payment chips to their wallet cuff range, allowing wearers to make purchases across the UK. “Linked to any Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card registered to a UK address and managed by the bPay mobile app, users have full control and visibility of their spending,” Tami Hargreaves from Barclaycard says.

    Growth in millennials’ mobile commerce use

    November 29th, 2016

    Eighty-eight percent of US millennials are conducting transactions from their mobile device with 15% doing so multiple times a day, research from mobile capture and identity verification firm Mitek shows. Nearly half of older millennials have made a decision on where to spend money or switched companies based upon the mobile experience, the survey of more than 3,000 people aged between 18 and 34 in the US, Canada and the UK adds.

    JustGiving to aid contactless donations

    November 28th, 2016

    Online donation platform JustGiving has showcased a prototype for a TapDonate mobile app in collaboration with UK charity Bloodwise that will enables contactless card donations to be made to charities through PayPal Here. “Once downloaded to a charity device, such as an iPhone or a tablet, the app can be quickly and easily programmed with a charity’s branded content and then connected with one touch to a PayPal Here card reader to enable a cashless donation to be processed in seconds,” JustGiving says.

    Covent Garden offers augmented reality gift for Christmas shoppers

    November 22nd, 2016

    London’s Covent Garden shopping district is showcasing what it claims to be the largest showcase of augmented reality (AR) technology attempted in one location, with Christmas shoppers offered exclusive offers, gift guides and immersive shopping… More

    Barclays pilots cash withdrawals using NFC mobile phones and contactless cards

    November 21st, 2016

    UK bank Barclays has begun piloting a contactless mobile cash service that will enable customers to withdraw cash with a tap of their NFC mobile phones or contactless debit card. The service is scheduled to… More

    Criminals reported to have used NFC mobile phones in Tesco Bank attack

    November 21st, 2016

    UPDATE The criminals behind a Tesco Bank attack used NFC mobile phones to launder money stolen during a theft that saw about 9,000 customers affected by fraudulent transactions worth an estimated £2.5m (US$3.1m), according to… More

    UK bank to extend trial of behavioural biometrics security

    November 18th, 2016

    UK bank Natwest has trialled a behavioural biometrics system designed to offer continuous authentication throughout an online banking session, using more than 500 behaviour patterns to identify users and prevent fraud from unauthorised logins and… More

    Android Pay launches in Poland

    November 17th, 2016

    Android Pay has begun rolling out across Poland, allowing consumers with compatible devices to make payments at more than 400,000 retail locations in the country that accept contactless payments. The service launches with support from… More

    UK bank celebrates blockchain contactless payments trial

    November 16th, 2016

    Metro Bank in the UK has successfully trialled a blockchain retail payment system, allowing consumers to make purchases from merchants equipped with contactless terminals, with merchant and consumer balances updated in real time. London-based financial… More

    Seqr launches P2P payments in 14 European countries

    November 15th, 2016

    Swedish mobile payments specialist SeamlessSeqr mobile payment platform has launched a P2P money transfer service that enables users to instantly transfer money to each other “regardless of where they are in the world”, the company says. The service is being rolled out to 14 countries across Europe: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

    PayPal launches Siri payment requests in 30 countries

    November 10th, 2016

    PayPal has enabled money transfers via Apple’s Siri voice command function, enabling users with iOS10 devices to make payments by speaking requests. The function will be available in 30 countries. “PayPal users can now send… More

    UK government to invest in Fido authentication

    November 9th, 2016

    The UK government is to invest in Fido authentication as part of its £1.9bn (US$2.3bn), five-year UK National Cyber Security Strategy, aimed at defending its online systems and infrastructure. “We will invest in technologies like Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and emerging industry standards such as Fast IDentity Online (Fido),” the government says. “The government will test innovative authentication mechanisms to demonstrate what they can offer, both in terms of security and overall user experience.”

    Poppy Appeal gets contactless donations

    November 8th, 2016

    UK consumers can make a donation to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal by tapping their contactless card or NFC device against contactless donation tins in 13 branches of UK bank Natwest. The tins are being trialled in collaboration with Worldpay and Thyngs. “One tin, developed by Worldpay, doubles up as a contactless terminal charging £2 (US$2.48) per tap,” Worldpay says. “Another will feature Thyngs Styckers which uses mobile phone technology to instantly direct mobile users to a dedicated donation page.” Mobile donations are currently being trialled, with contactless card donations set to be piloted next week.

    Caffè Nero to build mobile payments with Yoyo Wallet

    November 8th, 2016

    Coffee chain Caffè Nero is to build a mobile payment and loyalty platform for its customers using technology supplied by QR code-based platform Yoyo Wallet. “The partnership, which will have implications for all Caffè Nero stores across the UK and Ireland, is Yoyo’s first significant step in taking their mobile wallet offering onto the high street,” Yoyo Wallet says. Yoyo began rolling out its service to university campuses in May 2014 and launched in private beta across the US in December last year.

    European millennials demand higher standards for mobile payments services

    November 8th, 2016

    One fifth of German millennials (21%), more than a third of Dutch millennials (36%) and Italian millennials (37%) and a quarter of UK millennials (25%) are now making mobile payments in-store, online and in-app, research… More

    UK consumers say mobile payments are ‘life changing’

    November 4th, 2016

    More than one third of UK consumers (37%) describe mobile payments as “life changing” while 57% say the same thing for contactless transactions, research by UK bank Barclays reveals. “Shoppers are more likely to visit a store kitted out with virtual reality (57%), smart fitting rooms (57%) or augmented reality (52%),” the research also reveals.

    National Express launches mobile ticketing service

    November 3rd, 2016

    Passengers on National Express bus services across the West Midlands in the UK can now buy monthly travel passes and have them validated directly on their smartphones. The service is making use of Masabi’s JustRide cloud-based mobile ticketing and fare collection system. “As part of the National Express deployment, Masabi will be using Mastercard Payment Gateway Services to enable simple, safe and secure in-app digital payments,” Masabi says. Future updates will enable riders to make payments through Mastercard’s Masterpass digital wallet.

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