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28 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 April 2015, 15:55

MCX confirms it will launch CurrentC this summer in a “mid-sized market”

Retailer owned mobile payments consortium MCX has confirmed to NFC World that it will launch its CurrentC mobile wallet in an unspecified mid-sized US market soon, following the announcement that founder member Best Buy will begin to accept rival mobile payments service Apple Pay in its stores later this year.

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28 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 April 2015, 14:48

Starwood guests unlock hotel rooms with Apple Watch app

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has launched an app for the Apple Watch that enables wearers to tap their device to unlock hotel room doors via Bluetooth. The SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) app incorporates the SPG Keyless door entry system, which has been available for iPhones and Android devices since November 2014.

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28 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 April 2015, 11:16

MCX member Best Buy to accept Apple Pay across the US

US retail giant Best Buy, a founder member of retailer-led consortium MCX which requires members to exclusively support its own yet-to-launch mobile payments service, has announced that it will accept Apple Pay NFC payments in its stores “later this year”.

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27 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 April 2015, 14:52

Discover to add support for Apple Pay

Apple Pay will be supported by all major US credit card companies “beginning this fall” after Discover announced plans to join Visa, MasterCard and American Express in letting its cardholders add cards and make NFC payments using the mobile payments service.

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27 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 April 2015, 13:24

PayPal begins piloting NFC and records 40% growth in mobile payments

Online payments giant PayPal has revealed it is again testing NFC, though the company’s president has made clear that he’d like the company’s platform to be technology agnostic and he doesn’t see the long-term success of NFC as assured.

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24 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 April 2015, 14:38

Starbucks processes 8m mobile payments every week

Coffee chain Starbucks has 16 million active users of its mobile app who are making eight million mobile payments a week, equalling nearly 19% of all transactions in US stores, president and COO Kevin Johnson has revealed, and the company is preparing to roll out its successful Mobile Order and Pay service across the US, UK and Canada before the end of 2015.

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24 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 April 2015, 12:42

Forecast: 100m Apple Pay-capable phones in US by 2020

Some 100m Apple Pay-capable smartphones will be available in the US in 2020, up from 53m this year, according to Mercator Advisory Group. The company is also forecasting that the future of the mobile payment service will be bright, despite usage problems that surfaced among early adopters attempting to make an in-store purchase using the service.

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22 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 April 2015, 15:46

Apple Pay is top choice among US consumers as mobile payment security concerns fade

Apple Pay has become the top choice of services among US consumers planning on using mobile payments in the next 90 days, a survey conducted by 451 Research has found — and consumers increasingly think mobile payments are more secure than credit cards.

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22 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 April 2015, 13:12

Pub chain picks Droplet’s fee-free mobile payments and rewards

British brewer Adnams is to roll out a mobile payments and rewards service in its 12 stores and 50 pubs across East Anglia and London this summer using a fee-free platform provided by UK startup Droplet.

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21 April 2015 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 April 2015, 14:48

NFC ticketing trial eliminates “did I touch out?” doubt

An NFC transport ticketing trial in the Netherlands will allow passengers to see on their phones if they have correctly checked themselves on or off the service as they travel, avoiding the risk of paying too much for their journeys.

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May 24th, 2015

This week's news

  1. Webinar on delivering NFC transport ticketing services at scale — See it now on NFC World
  2. One in four UK consumers influenced by in-store payment methods
  3. UK cash payments fall to 48%
  4. Four in ten UK consumers willing to switch banks for mobile payments
  5. NXP ‘focused on mobile wallet’
  6. Android to get fingerprint authentication
  7. Nearly half of iPhone 6 owners successfully using Apple Pay
  8. Clear2Pay gets Visa confirmation as CVES provider
  9. Apple Watch vulnerability could let thieves use Apple Pay
  10. BPCE to pilot cards with mini-screen security codes
  11. AMS launches NFC interface chip with advanced energy management
  12. Apple Pay headed to Belgium?
  13. Postbank begins HCE pilot in Germany with Worldline
  14. Join NFC World and the GSMA today for an NFC transport ticketing webinar
  15. Express rolls out support for Apple Pay
  16. Sekur.me brings Apple Pay online
  17. Visa Checkout reports 4m customers and 125,000 merchants
  18. Exterion to roll out beacons across public transport in the UK
  19. iZettle adds support for NFC and contactless payments
  20. MasterCard launches P2P payments service
  21. Apple gets Concert Ticket+ patent
  22. US to get same day ACH payments
  23. Apple Pay now live at nearly 300 banks and credit unions
  24. Amazon’s Gauthier: NFC is “last century’s problem”
  25. Icahn: Apple Pay to generate US$3.3bn in revenues in 2017
  26. US millennials lead the way for mobile payments
  27. Starbucks denies mobile payment hack
  28. Axis to make 50,000 terminals contactless in India
  29. Beacons land at UK airports to send out offers and rewards
  30. Face++ raises $25m for selfie payments
  31. Apple in buy out talks with Clinkle?
  32. Alibaba signs up brands for QR-like dotless visual codes
  33. Trader Joe’s gears up for Apple Pay
  34. Mountain America offers dual biometric log-in for mobile banking
  35. Samsung Wallet to close on June 30th
  36. Google to launch mobile buy buttons?
  37. Samsung picks Oberthur for mobile payments in Europe
 
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