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    Android Pay users get free London travel and coffee

    September 28th, 2016

    Mastercard customers using Google’s Android Pay will be able to travel for free around London when using the city’s transport network on four Mondays in October. They will also be eligible for a free hot drink at Caffè… More

    Study shows growing appetite for mobile payments and biometrics

    September 27th, 2016

    Nearly two fifths of Western European consumers (38%) are ready to pay using their smartphones while more than 70% of those in Africa and the Middle East are prepared to do so, research by Mastercard reveals. Consumers… More

    TSB adds Android Pay support

    September 20th, 2016

    Customers of UK bank TSB can now add their debit and credit cards to Android Pay and earn cashback for purchases. “With TSB’s Classic Plus bank account and Mastercard credit card, customers can earn 5% cashback on the first £100 (US$130.39) of contactless purchases — which includes Android Pay — each month,” TSB says. UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank added support for Android Pay earlier this month.

    Smartphone cases get bPay to enable NFC mobile payments

    September 15th, 2016

    Smartphone case manufacturer Case Station has integrated Barclaycard’s bPay contactless payment technology into its new range to allow consumers to make NFC mobile purchases with a tap of their handset at any contactless terminal. “All… More

    UOB to launch NFC ATMs and instant credit card issuance

    September 14th, 2016

    Customers of Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB) will soon be able to withdraw cash from ATMs with a tap of their NFC mobile phone and get instant digital credit card issuance straight to their smartphones… More

    Mastercard reports strong US EMV uptake

    September 13th, 2016

    Nearly nine in ten Mastercard US consumer credit cards (88%) contained chips as of July 2016, representing a 105% increase in chip card adoption since the October 2015 liability shift, the payment network has revealed. “The company also sees 2m chip-active merchant locations on its network, a 468% increase in chip terminal adoption since 1 October 2015,” Mastercard says. “Two million merchants represent 33% of all US merchants.”

    Facebook updates Messenger bots to enable payment

    September 13th, 2016

    Businesses across the US will now be able to sell products and services through Facebook’s Messenger app. An update to the social network’s recently launched Messenger chatbot platform will enable bots to accept payments without having… More

    Ecobank Masterpass QR launches in Nigeria

    September 12th, 2016

    Ecobank customers in Nigeria will soon be able to make in-store payments by scanning a QR code using their mobile phone or entering a merchant identifier into their feature phone. The bank has worked with Mastercard to launch the Ecobank Masterpass QR service, an enhancement to the Masterpass digital payment platform. It will enable “millions of micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria to accept fast and secure digital payments from consumers for the first time,” Mastercard says. Ecobank plans to introduce Ecobank Masterpass QR to 34 other markets.

    Gemalto helps Spanish Carrefour customers get mobile payments

    September 12th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers shopping at supermarket giant Carrefour in Spain will soon be able to load a digital version of their existing PASS Carrefour banking card and the retailer’s loyalty program to their Android phone… More

    Venmo to get NFC mobile payments

    September 9th, 2016

    The PayPal-owned Venmo mobile payments app may soon allow users to make in-store purchases using NFC. PayPal is also adding NFC mobile payments to its PayPal Wallet through an agreement reached with Visa in July 2016 and the Mastercard deal announced this week. “Venmo and its parent company, PayPal, are adding in-store payments to their mobile apps in the first half of 2017,” Quartz reports. “Jim Magats, PayPal’s head of global core payments, tells Quartz that PayPal is in discussions with Apple to see how they can work together in the future.”

    Mastercard reports on Masterpass uptake

    September 8th, 2016

    Digital payments platform Masterpass has been available to 200m consumers in Europe as of the end of June 2016. “40 major issuers across 18 countries in Europe are now using Masterpass to integrate digital payments into their services,” Mastercard says. The company unveiled an enhanced version of Masterpass in July 2016 to enable in-store NFC mobile purchases through the platform.

    FeliCa NFC technology confirmed for Apple Pay in Japan

    September 7th, 2016

    Apple has confirmed that its new flagship smartphones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — and the second generation Apple Watch will be equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology. The move will allow for… More

    PayPal extends NFC acceptance in US via Mastercard

    September 6th, 2016

    US consumers will soon be able to make NFC mobile payments using PayPal at the point of sale wherever Mastercard is accepted. The strategic partnership between the two companies will also enable Masterpass as an… More

    MDM Bank launches HCE in Russia

    September 2nd, 2016

    Customers of Russia’s MDM Bank can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using the bank’s mobile banking app. The service is currently available for Mastercard customers only and makes use of OpenWay’s Way4 HCE and tokenisation technology. “Using the MDM Bank mobile app, customers can now pay from their Mastercard account with no need to enter a PIN code or additional app password or even to activate the application before payment,” OpenWay says.

    MegaFon launches contactless card with carrier billing

    August 23rd, 2016

    Russian mobile network operator MegaFon has begun offering customers a contactless card enabling them to make in-store purchases wherever Mastercard is accepted, charging the payment to their mobile phone bill. The MegaFon card is currently available in Moscow and surrounding areas, as well as St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Vologda. It is scheduled to be made available nationwide from 1 October.

    Wristbands speed Olympic visitors onto Rio transport

    August 10th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Visitors to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games are paying for journeys on buses, ferries and trains across the city with NFC wristbands provided by digital security giant Gemalto and public transportation ticketing operator RioCard. More

    Mastercard sees US EMV growth

    August 10th, 2016

    Eight out of ten Mastercard US consumer credit cards now include chips, representing an 88% increase in EMV adoption since the October 2015 liability shift. “The company also sees 1.7m chip-active merchant locations on its network, representing nearly 30% of the US merchant population and a 374% increase in chip terminal adoption since 1 October 2015,” Mastercard says.

    Mastercard and Visa join ClearXChange

    August 10th, 2016

    Mastercard and Visa have joined Early Warning’s peer-to-peer network ClearXChange, allowing US consumers to send money to others using their Mastercard or Visa credit and debit cards. The payment networks join Capital One, Bank of America, US Bank, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo in supporting the service, made available to all member financial institutions in June 2015.

    ČSOB launches HCE in Czech Republic

    August 9th, 2016

    Customers of Czech bank ČSOB can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using its new NaNákupy mobile wallet. The app virtualizes Mastercard and Visa cards using technology supplied by payment processor SIA. “By the end of 2016, NaNákupy app users will have the possibility to pay on the internet, easily manage the settings of different credit cards and constantly monitor transactions made via mobile,” SIA says. “In addition, it will be possible to virtualize loyalty cards and store receipts, or share shopping lists on a smartphone.”

    South Africans to get biometric authentication for card payments

    July 27th, 2016

    The Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) has unveiled a new standardised specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards.  More

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