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15 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 15 April 2015, 12:03

KFC serves up mobile payments in Ghana

KFC is letting customers use their phones to pay for meals through mobile network operator Airtel’s mobile money platform in five of the fast-food chain’s stores in Accra, Ghana.

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14 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 14 April 2015, 06:12

SIMalliance: NFC SIM shipments up 69% in 2014

A total of 4.7bn SIMs were shipped in 2014 by members of the SIMalliance, an organisation that represents suppliers responsible for 86% of the global SIM market, including 132m NFC SIMs, up 69% on 2013 and taking the total number of NFC SIMs shipped by alliance members over the past four years to 256m.

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10 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 10 April 2015, 19:17

Europeans back banks for mobile payments

Some 185m Europeans will use a mobile payment app this year, up 51% on 2014, a survey of 14,000 consumers for ING has revealed, and respondents say they are far more likely to use apps associated with their bank for mobile payments (59%) over ‘named groups’ such as Apple or Google (39%).

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9 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 April 2015, 15:48

Oxfam tests NFC for donations and content sharing

Oxfam is to trial NFC-enabled interactive posters, wristbands and collection tins in UK towns to let supporters make donations and see video content highlighting the charity’s work using their NFC phones.

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9 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 9 April 2015, 15:31

NFC to connect Shanghai smart business district

A landmark one square kilometre “smart business district” in Shanghai will use NFC as part of a strategy to network every office, hotel, apartment block, shopping mall and residential property within the area when construction is complete in 2017.

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31 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 31 March 2015, 16:15

Apple Pay users report merchant POS problems

Two in three Apple Pay users have encountered a problem when attempting to pay with the mobile payment service in a store, a survey from Phoenix Marketing International reveals. Most issues related to terminals not working or taking too long to make the transaction, inaccurate posting of transactions, or the inability of cashiers to help buyers needing assistance when using Apple Pay.

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31 March 2015 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 31 March 2015, 13:24

New Zealand NFC wallet venture Semble goes live

Close to one million New Zealanders now have the ability to make NFC payments with the nationwide launch of Semble, a SIM-based mobile wallet introduced by two New Zealand banks, three carriers and payments network Paymark.

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30 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 30 March 2015, 10:52

82% of UK marketers unaware of NFC OOH advertising

Only 18% of marketers are aware that out-of-home (OOH) advertising campaigns can make use of NFC and QR codes, survey data from Clear Channel UK reveals, despite them citing ‘innovation’ as one of their top buying considerations when under pressure to find new ways to reach mass audiences.

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30 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 31 March 2015, 13:24

Vodafone combines tokens and SIMs for NFC payments in Europe

Vodafone customers in five major European markets will be able to use their Visa cards to make NFC mobile payments from the second quarter of this year with a new SIM-based service that makes use of tokenization technology.

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27 March 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 March 2015, 15:18

NFC wristbands to help swimmers track performance

Swimmers will soon be able to use NFC wristbands to set up personal training regimes and measure their performance in the pool. A pilot in five pools in Israel will use the wristbands, a mobile app and light runners along the bottom of swimming lanes connected to LCD displays on the pool wall.

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April 27th, 2015

This week's news

  1. M-Pesa and MTN Mobile Money join up
  2. Starbucks processes 8m mobile payments every week
  3. Twitter invests in beacon marketer Swirl
  4. Forecast: 100m Apple Pay-capable phones in US by 2020
  5. Vodafone Netherlands adds credit card to Wallet
  6. Apple Pay is top choice among US consumers as mobile payment security concerns fade
  7. Pub chain picks Droplet’s fee-free mobile payments and rewards
  8. NFC ticketing trial eliminates “did I touch out?” doubt
  9. NFC inventors nominated for Patent Office award
  10. Signature spec promises tamper-proof NFC tags
 
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