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

Tesco pilots QR payments

September 18th, 2014

UK-based supermarket giant Tesco is trialling a mobile payments service based on QR codes, Marketing Week reports. “The PayQwiq service is currently available at 16 of Tesco’s smaller Express stores in London, as well as at 26 of its Express, Metro and Superstore store formats in Edinburgh. It is currently only available to a small number of staff members as part of a trial, although there are plans to extend that to customers in October,” the article says.

Weve drops wallet plans?

September 16th, 2014

UK carrier owned mobile commerce venture Weve has cancelled its planned mobile wallet service in the wake of the Apple Pay launch, The Telegraph reports. “A source at one mobile operator said Apple’s move meant it would have to write off gaining a share of payments from iPhone users, who represent about a third of the UK smartphone market,” the article says. Weve’s US equivalent, carrier joint venture Softcard, is continuing with its plans, however, and hopes to be available on NFC-enabled iPhones in 2015.

Barclays to provide corporate customers with finger vein biometric devices

September 5th, 2014

Barclays is to provide its UK corporate banking customers with finger vein biometric authentication devices that will let them “easily access their online bank accounts and authorise payments within seconds, without the need for PIN,… More

JD Sports adds BLE beacons

September 2nd, 2014

UK sports fashion chain JD has installed Bluetooth beacons at its new concept store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre, letting customers who have downloaded the JD app “access exclusive store content and shop from the app before paying in-store.” The store also features eight multi-channel kiosks and a social media wall, and staff have been equipped with iPads “to assist with customers’ enquiries.”

Vodafone to launch NFC payments in the UK this month

September 1st, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone is preparing to make NFC payments available to its customers in the UK in time for the launch of contactless bank card payments on London’s public transport network on 16 September,… More

Barclays calls time on Quick Tap NFC payments

September 1st, 2014

UK bank Barclays is to close its pioneering NFC payments service on 30 October. Quick Tap was the first commercially available NFC payments programme in the UK and was launched with mobile network Orange in… More

IPC Media promotes magazine sales via convenience store beacons

August 27th, 2014

Publisher IPC Media is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in 740 One Stop convenience stores across the UK to offer discounted copies of its Chat, Pick Me Up, Woman and TV & Satellite… More

Orderella to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in 79 UK pubs and bars

August 26th, 2014

Orderella, the developer of an app that lets customers place drinks orders and make payments from their mobile phone, is to install NFC tags and Bluetooth beacons in all the 79 pubs and bars across… More

NFC brings statues to life in London and Manchester

August 22nd, 2014

Visitors to the UK cities of London and Manchester can now interact via NFC with 35 high-profile statues that have been given a voice by actors, comedians and writers, including Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Paxman and Hugh… More

UK retailers install hi-tech mannequins that let customers buy what they see in the window

August 21st, 2014

UK retailers House of Fraser, Hawes & Curtis and Bentalls are using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in display mannequins to let customers get information about outfits displayed in their shop windows and around… More

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.

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