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

    A quarter of Brits have made an in-store mobile payment

    April 27th, 2016

    Almost a quarter of UK adults (24%) have used their mobile phone to make an in-store mobile payment and 12% do so on a regular basis, the Prepaid International Forum (PIF) reports. 49% of 18… More

    Apple Pay gets 1m new users every week

    April 27th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now signing up 1m new users per week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the company’s second quarter earnings call. “Apple Pay is growing at a tremendous rate with more than five times the transaction volume of a year ago and 1m new users per week,” Cook told investors. “More expansion of Apple Pay is coming soon.” The mobile payment service is currently live in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore.

    Three quarters of Brits expect to be cash-free by 2021

    April 26th, 2016

    Almost three quarters of UK consumers (73%) do not expect to be using cash in five years’ time in light of the rise of contactless payments and mobile wallets, research released by digital media agency Starcom reveals, and a third believe cash will be extinct within the next 15 years. More

    42% of UK mobile users don’t trust NFC mobile payments

    April 25th, 2016

    More than four in ten mobile users in the UK (42%) feel that NFC mobile payments are not secure, research from Ofcom reveals. “Mobile users are more likely to say that this activity is not at all secure (24%) than say it is completely secure (10%) — around one in five are unsure,” the communications regulator says. The findings also show that 15% of the 1,841 respondents have used their phone to make a contactless payment.

    UK restaurants and bars roll out Z-Beacon technology

    April 21st, 2016

    More than 1,000 restaurants, bars and pubs across the UK are deploying Z-Beacon, a new platform developed by QR code-based mobile payments provider Zapper. The platform uses Bluetooth Low Energy beacons to send out personalised messages, offers and rewards to customers’ mobile devices. Restaurant chain CAU is among the companies installing the technology and has rolled out Z-Beacon to all 17 of its locations across the UK.

    Demand for coins is “as strong as ever”, says The Royal Mint

    April 19th, 2016

    “Cash is still the most prominent payment method for UK consumers and global demand for coins is as strong as ever,” says The Royal Mint in response to research conducted by UK supermarket chain The Co-Op that predicted mobile payments will account for 65% of its transactions by 2025. “The demise of cash has been predicted for a long time but it remains the currency option the general public turns to for confidence, convenience and security,” the government-owned company adds.

    Mobile payments will overtake cards and cash by 2025, says UK retailer

    April 19th, 2016

    UK retailer The Co-Op has predicted that 65% of all transactions at its supermarkets and convenience stores will be made using mobile phones by 2025. The forecast follows research released by the company which shows that almost 11m contactless transactions now take place at its 2,800 locations every month. More

    Apple Pay launches in Singapore

    April 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Singapore, letting consumers pay in store with compatible Apple devices and make purchases within participating mobile apps using their American Express cards, with support from Visa expected “soon”…. More

    Apple Pay adds 32 banks in the US

    April 12th, 2016

    Apple has added a further 32 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The update follows an announcement from Barclays that it now supports Apple Pay in the UK.

    Nationwide explores behavioural biometrics

    April 12th, 2016

    Customers of Nationwide Building Society in the UK may soon be able to access their mobile banking accounts using behavioural biometrics that recognise how they interact with their smartphone, from the way they hold their device to how they type. “The prototype, developed in Nationwide’s Innovation Lab in partnership with BehavioSec and Unisys, explores how a customer’s natural interaction with their smartphone or tablet could provide an additional level of security in the future,” the company says.

    38% of payments in Europe will be digital by 2020

    April 11th, 2016

    More than a third (38%) of all payments made across Europe will be digital by 2020, MasterCard predicts. The payment network’s MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) is now in progress in 18 European countries and already connects banks representing more than 70% of UK account holders to Apple Pay, the company adds.

    One in three UK consumers don’t trust contactless payments

    April 11th, 2016

    Nearly one third (31%) of UK consumer never pay by contactless because “they don’t trust it”, research from Future Thinking reveals. 35% of men never make contactless payments due to lack of trust, compared to 29% of women, while 22% of under 35s never pay by contactless, compared to 43% of over 55s. 14% don’t know if their cards are contactless and 27% think £30 should be the maximum amount for a contactless payment. Only 9% of the 2,315 respondents said they pay with contactless and hope the limit rises.

    Amazon expands its payments business

    April 5th, 2016

    Amazon has launched the Amazon Payments Partner Program, a new service designed to enable ecommerce platform providers and developers to offer merchants Amazon Payments, which allows customers to log in and pay using their account with the online retail giant. “The program is free to participate in and available by invitation in the US, Germany, UK and Japan,” Amazon says.

    Tesco rolls out PayQwiq mobile payments to 524 stores

    April 5th, 2016

    UK supermarket giant Tesco’s PayQwiq mobile payments service, which lets customers pay using an Android or Apple phone by snapping an image of a QR code located at each checkout, is now live in 524 of the retailer’s stores in London and Edinburgh. Customers with a Tesco Clubcard automatically get reward points when they pay with PayQwiq, the retailer says, making checkout quicker for loyalty cardholders than paying via either contactless or chip and pin. The service has been on trial since September 2014.

    Barclays goes live with Apple Pay in the UK

    April 5th, 2016

    Barclays bank debit cardholders and Barclaycard credit cardholders can now use Apple Pay to make mobile payments, nine months after the service launched in the UK without the participation of the ‘big four’ bank. “The… More

    MasterCard reports on tokenization in Europe

    April 5th, 2016

    MasterCard is working on more than 60 projects involving its MDES tokenization platform in Europe, the payments network has revealed. “Today card issuers and wallet service providers have MDES projects in progress in 18 countries across Europe,” MasterCard says, and the service is currently being used to connect banks “representing more than 70% of UK account holders” to Apple Pay.

    Visa Europe reports “significant growth” in higher value contactless transactions

    April 4th, 2016

    The increase in the UK contactless card payment limit from £20 to £30 has had “a transformative effect” on consumer spending habits, according to Visa Europe, with contactless transactions over £20 seeing an average monthly… More

    Waitrose to open first cashless store this summer

    March 31st, 2016

    Upmarket UK supermarket chain Waitrose is to become the country’s first major supermarket to operate a cashless store where customers will only be able to make payments by using a card or mobile phone at one of its five self-service checkouts. The store will open inside telecommunications company Sky’s new head office building in Osterley this summer.

    Consortium to develop NFC packaging across UK supply chain

    March 31st, 2016

    The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has formed a specialist consortium to create a UK manufacturing supply chain that will support the widespread adoption of NFC packaging.  More

    Barclays enables Apple Pay support?

    March 30th, 2016

    Barclays appears to be in the process of enabling support for Apple Pay in the UK, according to a terms and conditions page tweeted by a number of the bank’s customers. Barclays revealed in January that it would support the mobile payment service within “60 to 75 days”. The bank also confirmed to NFC World that it would not be supporting the launch of Google’s Android Pay in the UK, in favour of focusing on its own host card emulation (HCE) based NFC mobile payments service.

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