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

    Pizza Hut offers NFC tattoos that let customers order favourite takeaway

    October 21st, 2016

    Pizza Hut in the UK has unveiled what it describes as the world’s first pizza-ordering tattoo. The stick-on tattoo includes NFC and QR code technology and can be used to order a customer’s favourite dish… More

    Stagecoach to deliver contactless payments on all its UK buses by 2018

    October 20th, 2016

    Britain’s biggest bus operator Stagecoach will install contactless payment technology on all of its regional bus services across the UK by the end of 2018, allowing passengers to pay for travel with a contactless credit or debit card, as… More

    Apple Pay adds US banks and BA app support

    October 19th, 2016

    Apple has added 24 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, AppleInsider reports. The mobile payment service is now also supported in British Airways’ mobile app, allowing Apple Pay users in the UK to book and pay for flights directly from their mobile phone.

    Zapper enables Alipay in the UK

    October 13th, 2016

    Chinese visitors to the UK can now use Alipay at any retailer accepting mobile payments platform Zapper. “This partnership will allow over 250,000 Chinese tourists in the UK to pay using the Alipay app in over 1,000 locations nationwide,” Zapper says. “With Zapper’s smart QR technology enabled to take payments from the Alipay app, 11.7m Chinese tourists visiting Europe each year will be able to conveniently pay using Alipay at any venue also accepting Zapper.”

    Study shows growing European appetite for mobile payments

    October 12th, 2016

    Some 54% of European consumers are using a mobile device to make payments for a range of activities in-store, in-app and online, compared to 18% at this time last year, Visa’s 2016 Digital Payments Study… More

    Seqr adds NFC payments in UK

    October 11th, 2016

    UK consumers using SeamlessSeqr mobile payment platform can now add their bank account to the app and make NFC mobile purchases at any contactless terminal. “Until now, UK customers have enjoyed the benefits of the Seqr prepaid account functionality — however, enabling customers to connect their bank account opens Seqr up to millions more customers who prefer direct payment over a prepaid option,” the company says. Seqr arrived in the UK in June 2014.

    Proxama to create UK’s biggest BLE beacon advertising network

    October 11th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital payment solutions provider Proxama has secured deals with media and location owners Mobile Media Group, Emblem Group and Hathaway Chivers to create the UK’s biggest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based advertising platform…. More

    UK consumers keen on NFC mobile payments

    October 11th, 2016

    A quarter of UK consumers are making NFC mobile purchases or would like to do so in the future, research by Mastercard reveals, with the figure increasing to 45% for those aged 25 to 34. More than two in five are ready to give up carrying cash completely, with 40% attributing their reduced use of traditional currency to wider acceptance of contactless payments. “Some 44% of consumers claim they would ditch notes and coins altogether if card payments were accepted everywhere,” Mastercard says.

    Bank of Scotland customers get selfie sign-ups

    October 10th, 2016

    Bank of Scotland customers in the UK can now apply for a current account by taking a picture of their face. “They will be able to complete a simple step-by-step application process to open a current account and take pictures of their UK driving licence or passport, along with selfie images to confirm their identity,” says Lloyds Banking Group. “As the ID verification technology is web-based, customers can use a web browser on their smartphone or tablet to submit images.”

    UK Vodafone customers get NFC payments through PayPal

    October 10th, 2016

    Vodafone customers in the UK can now make NFC mobile payments through PayPal using Vodafone Wallet at any contactless terminal as well as across the Transport for London (TfL) network and on National Rail services… More

    Apple Pay signs up more UK and US banks

    October 7th, 2016

    The UK’s Metro Bank and Co-operative Bank have begun supporting Apple Pay, taking the number of financial institutions backing the mobile payment service in the country to 23. Apple Pay has also added more than 25 banks and credit unions to its list of supporters in the US, 9to5mac reports.

    Google unveils VR headset that pairs with NFC

    October 5th, 2016

    Google has launched a virtual reality headset that works in conjunction with smartphones supporting its Daydream mobile VR platform and uses NFC to connect the devices. The first smartphones to support the new Daydream View… More

    Mastercard brings biometric authentication to 12 European countries

    October 4th, 2016

    European consumers can now validate online purchases with their fingerprint or face using Mastercard’s biometric authentication service. Identity Check Mobile is now being rolled out across 12 markets: the UK, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,… More

    Transport for the North set to trial HCE for travel payments

    September 30th, 2016

    UK commuters travelling across West Yorkshire may soon be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments for journeys using a service scheduled to be trialed in the autumn by staff of Transport… More

    Android Pay users get free London travel and coffee

    September 28th, 2016

    Mastercard customers using Google’s Android Pay will be able to travel for free around London when using the city’s transport network on four Mondays in October. They will also be eligible for a free hot drink at Caffè… More

    Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons

    September 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Coca-Cola owned Glacéau Smartwater has launched a campaign to send on-the-go recommendations to Londoners’ smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons provided by digital payment solutions provider Proxama. It will be live until the… More

    TSB adds Android Pay support

    September 20th, 2016

    Customers of UK bank TSB can now add their debit and credit cards to Android Pay and earn cashback for purchases. “With TSB’s Classic Plus bank account and Mastercard credit card, customers can earn 5% cashback on the first £100 (US$130.39) of contactless purchases — which includes Android Pay — each month,” TSB says. UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank added support for Android Pay earlier this month.

    Visa reveals growing Euro interest in biometric authentication

    September 19th, 2016

    More than three in five European consumers (62%) believe using biometric forms of payment authentication will be faster and easier than passwords and PINs, research by Visa reveals, with 42% believing that the procedure could completely… More

    More UK banks sign up for Android Pay

    September 14th, 2016

    UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank now support Android Pay. “TSB customers will also soon be able to add their cards to Android Pay, with a roll out planned this month,” Google says. Android Pay launched in the UK in May 2016. TSB announced in July that it would support the mobile payment platform from the fourth quarter of this year.

    Plastic £5 notes enter circulation in the UK

    September 13th, 2016

    The Bank of England has begun rolling out plastic £5 (US$6.59) notes across the UK. The new fiver is made from polymer, a flexible plastic material, and features Sir Winston Churchill. “The new fiver is the first of the Bank of England’s new series of polymer notes, with the £10 (US$13.17) and £20 (US$26.34) notes to be replaced with polymer designs over the coming years,” the BofE says. Paper £5 notes will cease to be legal tender in May 2017.

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