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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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    June 27th, 2016

    This week's news

    1. Discover joins effort to speed up EMV checkout
    2. Amex bot notifies purchases through Facebook Messenger
    3. Walmart Pay arrives in 15 more states
    4. ABN Amro takes payments to WhatsApp
    5. EMV claims more than a third of global card-present payments
    6. Walmart Pay heads to three new states
    7. Android Pay preps new features
    8. Jiffy payments launches in-store in Milan and Bergamo
    9. PayPal will “hurt” from Apple Pay web launch, claims analyst
    10. 300m will use contactless ticketing on mobile and wearables by 2021
    11. Apple Pay adds 44 US banks
    12. Barclays completes HCE payments launch
    13. More US consumers open to mobile payments
    14. Microsoft launches NFC payments for Windows 10 phones
    15. MintChip launches for in-store and P2P payments in Canada
    16. Samsung Pay reports on bank uptake
    17. Bluetooth 5 set for release in late 2016
    18. Brits foresee cashless society by 2036
    19. Visa seals deal on Visa Europe acquisition
    20. French vineyard to safeguard its entire output with NFC
    21. Alipay parent company seeks expansion overseas
    22. Thai banks to launch P2P payments with PromptPay
    23. Bank of America enables Apple Pay and Samsung Pay at ATMs
    24. Mobile payments to grow 42% in 2016
    25. LG U+ to launch biometric authentication platform
    26. Walmart Pay heads to Alabama and Georgia
     
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