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

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

25% of Brits to make NFC mobile payment this year

July 24th, 2015

A quarter of British consumers (25%) expect to make an NFC mobile payment in the next year, research from MasterCard reveals. Seven in 10 of the 1,044 respondents worry that if they lost their phone someone could use it to buy things, while more than half fear their phone could be hacked. Four in 10 plan to wait for others to confirm NFC mobile payments are safe before trying it themselves.

Half of UK consumers want to pay with contactless

July 22nd, 2015

Just under half of UK consumers (47%) either expect or would prefer businesses to offer contactless payments for transactions of less than £20, research conducted by GfK for Lloyds Bank Cardnet reveals. 12% think not… More

Half of UK young adults pay with contactless each month

July 21st, 2015

Nearly half of 25-34 year olds in the UK (44%) use contactless payments in an average month, research from YouGov and payment systems provider ACI Worldwide has revealed. 54% of the same age group are also using mobile banking at least once a month, the survey found.

One in ten UK consumers experience Apple Pay issues

July 21st, 2015

One in ten UK consumers using Apple Pay experienced issues when using the contactless payment service during its first week, research from social media company Brandwatch reveals. The findings, based on analysis of more than 26,000 tweets, also reveal the most popular use for the mobile payments service so far is paying on Transport for London’s (TfL) transportation network, followed by making purchases at Pret a Manger, Tesco, Waitrose and Boots.

Transport for London warns of Apple Pay risks

July 17th, 2015

Transport for London (TfL) has warned commuters of potential risks when using Apple Pay to pay for journeys on the city’s public transport network, including a flat battery that could result in penalty fares and the possibility of being charged twice if they carry both an iPhone and Apple Watch. The notice comes in the week Apple Pay launched in the UK. Meanwhile, London Evening Standard reports that passengers using contactless bank cards were penalised by almost £8m in eight months “after failing to touch out at ticket barriers”.

11% of UK consumers make in-store mobile payments

July 16th, 2015

More than one in 10 (11%) of UK consumers have made an in-store mobile payment and 18% are interested in doing so, research from nVest Ventures reveals. Millennials — those born after 1981 — are most interested in mobile payments (41%), while one in five consumers find paying with cash inconvenient, rising to 26% among 16- to 24-year-olds.

HSBC to support Apple Pay in two weeks

July 16th, 2015

HSBC will add support for Apple Pay within the next two weeks, the bank has revealed. “HSBC’s surprising absence from Apple Pay’s UK launch will not last much longer, with final testing underway and availability said to come within two weeks,” AppleInsider reports. The bank was expected to be one of Apple Pay’s launch partners when the expansion was announced in June.

Braintree supports UK launch of Apple Pay

July 14th, 2015

PayPal-owned payment processor Braintree has announced its support for the UK launch of Apple Pay via its v.zero SDK that will allow merchants to add the mobile payments service as an online checkout option alongside PayPal, credit and debit cards. “We are enabling UK and global merchants to be some of the first to accept Apple Pay in the UK,” the company says.

Apple Pay goes live across the UK

July 14th, 2015

Apple Pay is now live across the UK, enabling consumers with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch devices to make NFC mobile payments at more than 250,000 locations and across the Transport for… More

MyCheck integrates Apple Pay support

July 14th, 2015

Mobile payment provider MyCheck has announced support for Apple Pay in the UK, enabling customers at participating restaurants to settle their bill using the mobile payments service. “When using Apple Pay with MyCheck, a customer can authorise a transaction through a restaurant’s native iOS app or via one of MyCheck’s partner apps with just the touch of a finger on Touch ID,” MyCheck says.

Barclays confirms it will support Apple Pay in the UK

July 14th, 2015

Barclays has confirmed it will support Apple Pay in the UK “in the future,” having been a notable absence from the list of participating banks when Apple announced in June it would expand the mobile payments… More

Deloitte predicts surge in UK NFC payments

July 13th, 2015

More than one third of UK consumers aged between 18 and 34 (34%) are interested in mobile payments alongside one fifth of 55- to 75-year-olds (20%), research from Deloitte has revealed. “We are reaching an inflection point for NFC-enabled mobile payments in the UK,” says the company’s Ed Marsden. “We expect usage of contactless mobile payments could surge.”

Greggs adds NFC payments and rewards to app

July 13th, 2015

UK bakery chain Greggs has updated its app to include NFC for payments and rewards redemption using technology from POS provider Spire Payments and Eagle Eye. “Android users tap their phone against the card terminal, which will connect to Eagle Eye’s AIR platform,” Eagle Eye says. “Customers can pay, get a coffee stamp and receive instant offers and rewards.”

Barclays offers ‘imminent’ support for Apple Pay

July 13th, 2015

Barclays is reportedly anticipating “imminent” support for Apple Pay when the service launches in the UK, expected to be this week. “It remains unclear if Barclays will be a first wave launch partner because of its delayed negotiations,” MacRumors reports. Barclays was a notable absence from the list of supporting banks when Apple announced it would expand the mobile payment service.

Henry Holland to weave NFC and BLE into clothes for London Fashion Week

July 9th, 2015

British fashion designer Henry Holland is to integrate NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies into clothing designs as part of his spring/summer 2016 collection that will feature on stage during London Fashion Week in… More

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