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    7 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 June 2016, 15:38

    China sees rapid growth in proximity mobile payments

    The number of Chinese consumers making in-store mobile payments more than doubled last year and almost half of all smartphone users in the country will be making proximity mobile payments by 2020, according to research released by eMarketer.

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    7 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 June 2016, 13:44

    Erste Bank launches range of NFC payment options in Austria

    Customers of Erste Bank und Sparkassen in Austria will now be able to make NFC payments using a wristband, sticker or mobile app launched by the bank. All three payment methods are available countrywide and can also be used to make withdrawals at the first NFC-enabled Erste Bank ATM in Vienna.

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    7 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 7 June 2016, 13:08

    Arab Media Forum uses NFC wristbands for charitable donations

    Attendees at the Government of Dubai Media Office’s Arab Media Forum charitable event were given NFC wristbands that let them tap on NFC scan stations and donate AED 170 (US$46) towards research into life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

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    6 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 June 2016, 13:08

    Mobvoi to add NFC payments to smartwatches in China

    Owners of Mobvoi’s Ticwatch will soon be able to make NFC payments at contactless terminals across China as the result of a partnership between the smartwatch maker, China UnionPay (CUP) and Oberthur Technologies (OT).

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    3 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2016, 13:23

    Commuters in Helsinki get direct carrier billing for transport ticketing with Gemalto

    PARTNER NEWS: Finnish commuters travelling on the Helsinki transport network can now use their mobile phone to pay for public transport beyond the central tram and metro systems and have the cost of the ticket charged to their mobile phone bill.

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    3 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 6 June 2016, 12:53

    Ant Financial takes Alipay to Germany with Concardis

    Chinese tourists will soon be able to make payments at 210,000 store locations in Germany serviced by payment provider Concardis using Ant Financial’s Alipay mobile payment platform. The move marks the service’s launch into Europe after the company unveiled its expansion plans at Money20/20 Europe in April 2016.

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    3 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2016, 11:16

    Visa to supply athletes with NFC payment rings at Rio 2016

    Athletes at this year's Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be given an NFC payments ring linked to a Visa account that will let them make purchases by tapping their hand against contactless terminals.

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    3 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 3 June 2016, 11:36

    Samsung Pay makes European debut in Spain

    Samsung Pay has begun rolling out across Spain, making it the first European market where the mobile payment service is available. The service has launched with support from CaixaBank and ImaginBank and will also be available for customers of Abanca and Banco Sabadell “soon”.

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    2 June 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 2 June 2016, 12:56

    Boku and Verteda take carrier billing to UK venues

    UK consumers can now pay for food and drinks at sports and entertainment venues serviced by IT solutions provider Verteda and charge their purchases to their mobile phone bill. The company has integrated the service into its Qjacker mobile payments app through direct carrier billing provider Boku.

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    31 May 2016 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 31 May 2016, 13:57

    Survey reports on use of Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay in the US

    More than a quarter of US consumers (27%) with an eligible smartphone have used Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay, according to research released by Auriemma Consulting Group (ACG). 39% say they would use mobile payments more if more stores and apps accepted it, while 61% say that they are now replacing cash transactions with mobile payments.

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    August 27th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Indian employees make NFC payments using everyday objects
    2. Two in three young Brits have made a mobile payment in-store
    3. Japanese bank eyes facial recognition
    4. IHG to accept Alipay in hotels worldwide
    5. NFC Ring circles the globe
    6. JPMorgan Chase to support Android Pay
    7. Apple Pay bank list grows
    8. Samsung Pay hits 100m transactions in first year
    9. Transport for NSW seeks bright ideas
    10. MegaFon launches contactless card with carrier billing
    11. QuickPass launches in Macau
    12. Singapore aims for cashless society
    13. Barclaycard reveals large contactless increase across UK
    14. UK contactless spending hits record high
    15. Walgreens integrates rewards with Android Pay
    16. Apple Pay adds two UK banks
    17. ACCC rejects Australian banks’ negotiation bid
     
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