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

Barclaycard tests contactless payment gloves

December 16th, 2014

Barclaycard has begun ‘testing’ woollen gloves that can be used to make payments at any of the 300,000 contactless POS terminals in the UK with a touch of a hand. The decision to test the… More

Half of Brits interested in mobile payments

December 15th, 2014

Almost one in two (47%) UK consumers are interested in mobile payments, research from Oxygen8 has found, with 11% saying they would like to use their mobile phone only, replacing the use of credit and debit cards altogether. 25% of respondents have purchased an item on eBay using their mobile device, 14% have paid bills, 10% have purchased clothes via an app and 9% have bought groceries via an app, the survey found.

Apple store adds PayPal

December 15th, 2014

PayPal is now available as a payment option in Apple’s online retail store for US and UK shoppers having previously only been available as a payment option in Apple’s app and content stores, Re/code reports. Apple is also promoting PayPal Credit, a service that lets shoppers pay for an item over up to 18 months with no interest.

Half of UK consumers use digital wallets

December 2nd, 2014

More than half of UK consumers (54%) say that they often or always use digital wallets to pay for goods online, according to research from online payments service Skrill, and 17% of 18-24 year olds are also paying for goods and services in-store with a mobile device. The company defines a digital wallet as a “payment method that enables people to make online transactions conveniently and securely via their mobile, tablet, laptop or PC.”

Contactless donations expand in London

December 2nd, 2014

Caffe Nero and Leon Restaurants have become the first UK retailers to join Penny for London, a service first introduced on the Transport for London (TfL) network that automatically collects small charitable donations when participating consumers use their contactless cards to pay. “It is fantastic that two of Britain’s much-loved retailers have committed to sign up for Penny for London and I hope many more will follow their lead,” says mayor Boris Johnson.

Barclays to test beacons in branches

December 2nd, 2014

Barclays is to run a three month Bluetooth beacon technology trial at its Pinstone Street branch in Sheffield, UK, to alert bank staff to the presence of customers with disabilities. “Customers can choose to opt-in to the service by pre-registering their information through an app,” the bank explains. “These customers can share information about their accessibility needs and even a photo of themselves, so they can be identified as soon as the app senses the beacon. A colleague with an iPad at the front of the branch will then be alerted on their arrival.”

High value contactless payments arrive in the UK

November 26th, 2014

A new service that lets NFC phone users enter their PIN on their mobile device to confirm a high value transaction is making it possible for UK consumers to make contactless payments valued at more… More

Contactless makes Word of the Year shortlist

November 26th, 2014

‘Contactless’ has made the shortlist for the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year 2014 but missed out on the top spot to the word ‘vape’. “As an increasing number of retail outlets have made contactless payment facilities available, the word itself has seen a corresponding rise in use,” Oxford Dictionaries explains.

Harris+Hoole reports 200,000 mobile payments

November 25th, 2014

Tesco-backed UK coffee chain Harris+Hoole’s mobile ordering and payments app has now been downloaded more than 22,000 times and has been used by customers over 200,000 times since its launch in June 2014. “We wanted to make our shops feel as friendly and familiar as possible — like your friend’s place — so this meant developing an app and payments process that removed all the cold transactions,” the chain’s Danielle Anderson says.

Norwich buses get Bluetooth beacons that deliver offers to passengers on the move

November 25th, 2014

UK transportation operator FirstGroup has installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on buses in the city of Norwich to help deliver content and offers to passengers’ smartphones. Twenty merchants have signed up for a six… More

First Bus takes Pingit nationwide

November 21st, 2014

UK bus operator First Bus is to accept payment via Barclays Pingit nationwide following a trial launch in selected areas of the country. “Despite only recently adding Pingit as a payment option for customers, in some of First’s operating areas, the Pingit share of m-ticketing transactions is approaching 7%,” the operator explains. “More than 50% of Pingit payments so far are by bus users over the age of 25, demonstrating its popularity with customers across many age groups.”

Millennials more open to mobile payments

November 21st, 2014

Among US and UK consumers who have not yet used a mobile wallet, 18-34 year olds are the most enthusiastic when asked about the potential benefits, research from JWT Intelligence has found. “These consumers are more interested than others in using a phone to pay if it makes transactions faster, makes splitting bills easier, can replace cash in low-denomination payments and helps keep track of purchases,” the company reveals.

Post Office offers Tweet-to-donate service

November 18th, 2014

The Post Office has launched Tweet to Donate, a service developed with IMImobile that allows Twitter users to tweet cash donations to the UK’s Children in Need charity. “Users who would like to make a donation simply follow the Post Office on Twitter and tweet the hashtag #MakeMeAHero,” IMImobile explains. “Users then receive a direct message with a link to a landing page through which they can donate £1, £3 or £5. The donation will be debited from the user’s phone bill or the pay-as-you-go balance.”

TfL reports 12m contactless payments

November 17th, 2014

More than 12m public transport journeys have been made using contactless payment cards and devices since Transport for London (TfL) launched the service in September, and contactless already represents close to 8% of all pay-as-you-go journeys on the network, TfL says. One million journeys were paid for with a contactless card in the ten days after launch.

Sainsbury’s tests mobile shopping and payments app

November 11th, 2014

UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is to pilot a mobile shopping app that allows customers to build a virtual basket of favourite products from anywhere before they visit a store, get directions when they arrive at… More

Nationwide adds wearable banking

November 6th, 2014

Customers of the UK’s Nationwide bank can now see their account balance in real time on an Android Wear smartwatch. To use the service, customers need to log in to the bank’s mobile app and choose which accounts they want to be able to see when they use the Quick Balance feature. They will then be able to get an up-to-date report on how much money is in their account by simply saying “OK Google, start Quick Balance” to their Android Wear device.

Ralph Lauren promotes new line with NFC and QR codes in Harrods windows

October 31st, 2014

Ralph Lauren has taken over a 15-window display at luxury retail store Harrods in London to promote the launch of its new Polo Ralph Lauren collection using NFC and QR code stickers provided by proximity… More

Charity picks up contactless pennies

October 31st, 2014

The Mayor’s Fund for London has launched Penny for London, a service that automatically collects small charitable donations when commuters use their contactless cards to pay for journeys on the Transport for London (TfL) network. “Users can decide how much they want to give, from one penny to 10 pence,” partner Barclaycard says. “They can keep track of their giving on the Penny for London website and amend or cap their donation preferences whenever they like.”

Football fans get BLE promos

October 31st, 2014

UK Football League sponsor Sky Bet has installed Bluetooth beacons at Elland Road, Leeds and the New York Stadium, Rotherham to send offers to football fans as part of a pilot project that could be rolled out to other locations across the country. “The feedback from both clubs has been encouraging and, although this technology is still very new, the potential is enormous,” says the online sports betting firm’s Andrew Walton.

Bookatable tests iBeacon at 119 restaurants

October 24th, 2014

Europe’s largest online restaurant booking website is testing Apple’s iBeacon location technology to send offers and menus to potential diners toting iPhones as they pass by a participating location. Bookatable has worked with American Express to install BLE beacons in 119 restaurants participating in the London Restaurant Festival, including Ping Pong, Spaghetti House, Villandry, Oxo Tower, Thai Square and STK London.

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