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

Miami Heat fans get mobile payments and ticketing

October 5th, 2015

Fans of basketball team Miami Heat will now be able to make purchases at concession stands across the AmericanAirlines Arena by having a QR code scanned on their mobile device. Funds are debited from a… More

Under half of US small businesses aware of EMV

October 5th, 2015

Some 43% of small business owners in the US are familiar with EMV cards, Capital One’s Spark Business Barometer has found, but just a third (34%) of those were accepting EMV cards as of August 2015. 54% of those familiar with EMV are “unaware” that businesses will be liable for fraudulent charges incurred on other payment systems and 6% will increase investment in digital payment solutions such as Apple Pay.

Samsung Pay gets seven city US promo tour

October 2nd, 2015

Samsung is to run a seven city tour to promote the launch of Samsung Pay in the US. “Samsung will give consumers in Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles a special opportunity to unlock special offers and prizes through Samsung Pay,” the company says. The service launched in the US this week.

Starbucks takes mobile ordering to the UK

October 2nd, 2015

Coffee chain Starbucks has expanded its Mobile Order & Pay service to the UK, allowing customers to use its iOS mobile app to pre-order and pay for their food and drinks in more than 150 stores across London. The announcement follows the roll out of the service to all US locations and to Android devices last month.

Clear2Pay adds certified testing solutions for US move to EMV

October 2nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Conformance testing specialist Clear2Pay Open Test Solutions has received certification from major payment networks for a suite of solutions and services that are designed to make it easier for US merchants, VARs and payment… More

60% of US cards to support EMV by year end

October 1st, 2015

Six in ten US payment cards (60%) will include an EMV chip by the end of 2015, research from the Payment Security Task Force shows, and that number will grow to 98% by the end of 2017. Task Force members include Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Discover, First Data, MasterCard, Visa, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

One in three Americans have an EMV card

October 1st, 2015

More than six in ten US credit card holders don’t yet have a chip-enabled card, a survey conducted by CreditCards.com with Princeton Survey Research Associates International reveals. “Just 32% of respondents said they have a credit or debit card with a smart chip,” the company says. The findings come as the EMV liability shift takes place across the US today.

Apple patent reveals details of NFC payments ring

October 1st, 2015

Apple has developed a concept NFC ring that would allow a wearer to make payments, transfer information to others with a handshake and access secure documents on a shared device with a tap of their… More

Bell ID gets HCE certification from global payment schemes

September 30th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Mobile payments specialist Bell ID’s host card emulation (HCE) solution has been certified by three of the largest global payment schemes, the company has announced, making it the first vendor to receive approval… More

Rio Olympics to get NFC wristbands?

September 29th, 2015

Visa has shown off a proof of concept NFC wristband in San Francisco, demonstrating how it could be used for making payments at the Rio 2016 Olympics next year. “Olympic hopefuls attending the Team Visa Summit learned to use new payment technologies that are expected to be implemented at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games including Visa Checkout and Samsung Pay,” Visa says. “We can’t yet confirm what kind of wearable payment devices we may have in Rio,” the company told NFC World.

PayPal to launch contactless reader in US

September 29th, 2015

PayPal is to introduce its PayPal Here contactless card reader in the US on September 30, following its launch in the UK in August 2015. “The reader works on both iOS and Android platforms and accepts chip card transactions, magnetic stripe and contactless NFC transactions including Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and any other NFC-enabled device or card,” PayPal writes in a blog post.

Velocity acquires mobile payments app Cover

September 29th, 2015

Restaurant payment app Velocity has acquired mobile payments solution Cover for an undisclosed sum. Cover is accepted at more than 350 restaurants in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. “The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of Velocity’s global hospitality platform, which connects premier restaurants with affluent diners, empowers them to settle their bill directly from their phone and builds loyalty through tailored status and rewards programs,” Velocity says.

Samsung Pay goes live in the US

September 28th, 2015

Samsung Pay has launched in the US today after going live in Korea in August 2015, where it racked up a total 1.5m transactions in its first month. It launches with support from American Express, Bank of America, Citi, US Bank, MasterCard and Visa, with mobile network operators Sprint, US Cellular, AT&T and T-Mobile on board. Verizon Wireless has yet to announce its support.

US carriers push Samsung Pay to phones

September 28th, 2015

T-Mobile has reportedly begun pushing software updates to Samsung Pay supporting devices ahead of the mobile payment service’s launch in the US, expected today. “The update contains mostly tweaks to Samsung Pay,” Android Headlines reports. AT&T is also pushing out an Android 5.1.1 update for both the Samsung S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge that brings with it the addition of Samsung Pay, according to Android Central.

USA Technologies adds NFC to 100,000 vending machines

September 28th, 2015

Cashless vending machine technology provider USA Technologies has now equipped approximately 300,000 locations across the US to accept Apple Pay and Android Pay, the company has revealed — up 100,000 on the 200,000 units it reported in February 2015. “We represent the nation’s largest NFC mobile payments footprint handled by one company,” CEO Steve Herbert said during USA Technologies’ Q4 earnings call.

Three in four Android users would use an NFC payments service

September 25th, 2015

More than three quarters of Android users (78%) would use a service similar to Apple Pay if it became available to them, a survey conducted by Helixion has found. Overall, half of the 450 respondents… More

Samsung Pay adds new features

September 24th, 2015

Samsung Pay has updated its app for Android devices for those currently using the service in a beta test in the US. “Most importantly are the new ‘Simple Pay’ settings, which let you control where and when the phone is ready to launch Samsung Pay so you can use it in a store,” Android Central reports. The service is due to launch in the US this month.

Korean Samsung Pay users spend $30m in first month of launch

September 24th, 2015

More than US$30m has been spent through Samsung Pay since the mobile payment service’s launch in Korea one month ago, Samsung has revealed. In total, more than 1.5m transactions were conducted, of which 60% took… More

Starbucks rolls out mobile ordering across USA

September 23rd, 2015

Coffee chain Starbucks is to make its Mobile Order & Pay service available across the US so customers nationwide can place and pay for orders in advance using their iOS and Android devices. “Starbucks plans to introduce this feature in select company owned stores in the UK and Canada in October,” the chain says. Starbucks launched the service in December 2014 and expanded it in March and June 2015.

CTIA visitors get NFC badges

September 23rd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Visitors at CTIA Super Mobility Week 2015 in Las Vegas and IBC 2015 in Amsterdam were able to capture and exchange business cards with other attendees using NFC badges powered by NXP’s Mifare DESFire EV1 chips. NFC event solutions provider ITN International’s BCard Reader and Interact mobile apps let visitors use their NFC mobile devices to read other attendee’s badges, add notes and save contacts.

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