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    PayPal partners with Vodafone for NFC payments in Europe

    February 12th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet users in Europe will soon be able to make NFC mobile payments at stores, restaurants and other retail locations using their PayPal accounts. The agreement between the online payments provider and Vodafone marks the… More

    Apple Pay glitch prevents users adding Visa cards

    February 10th, 2016

    Apple has now resolved a service outage that meant users were unable to add credit cards and debit cards to Apple Pay for almost seven hours today. “The issue only appears to be affecting Visa cards, not American Express, MasterCard or Discover cards,” 9to5mac reported. “Making payments with Apple Pay and Visa cards also appears unaffected as the issue is only with adding new cards to Apple Pay.”

    Kiwis warm to mobile payments and biometrics

    February 10th, 2016

    More than four in ten New Zealanders (41%) would consider using NFC mobile payments today and 44% believe mobile payments will be the next thing to take off, followed by biometrics/facial recognition/fingerprints (21%) and wearable technology (18%), research from MasterCard reveals. 49% expect they will not use cash in ten years’ time, with more than a third believing retailers need to do more to embrace new payment technologies.

    Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe

    February 8th, 2016

    Mobile banking service Pocopay has launched in the Netherlands, Spain and its home country of Estonia to let consumers split bills, request money using email addresses or QR codes and make payments via a MasterCard… More

    Visa took majority of European contactless payments in 2014

    January 29th, 2016

    Visa PayWave accounted for 61% of the 1.4bn contactless payments made in Europe in 2014, research from RBR reveals, with MasterCard PayPass accounting for the “vast majority” of the remainder. “Contactless has spread rapidly in Europe and RBR forecasts the payment volume to increase nine-fold between 2014 and 2020,” the firm adds.

    Canada’s Ugo Wallet to add support for HCE

    January 27th, 2016

    Canadian open NFC mobile wallet provider Ugo is in the process of incorporating a host card emulation (HCE) solution into its Ugo Wallet and expects to begin offering the service by the early summer of this year, the company has told NFC World. More

    Samsung Pay to let South Koreans pay in China and US

    January 22nd, 2016

    Samsung Pay users in South Korea will soon be able to make payments in China and the US using cards issued by South Korean card companies. “Samsung is going to finish linking foreign payment system with KB Card, Samsung Card, Lotte Card and Hana Card and start Samsung Pay service at foreign merchants at the end of this month,” ET News reports. “These four card companies have negotiated with Visa, MasterCard, UnionPay, JBC and others for Samsung Pay’s foreign payment.”

    Gemalto’s cloud-based mobile payments system gets MasterCard approval

    January 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has gained MasterCard approval for a complete cloud-based mobile payment solution that includes everything from backoffice server platforms to the payment software running on cardholders’ mobile phones. More

    Dubai to get payment system based on mobile phone numbers

    January 14th, 2016

    Consumers across Dubai will soon be able to make in-store and online payments using their mobile phone number following an agreement between payment solutions providers Quisk Middle East and Network International. “The next generation solution,… More

    MasterCard and Coin take NFC payments to wearable devices

    January 6th, 2016

    Connected device maker Coin has partnered with MasterCard to enable NFC payments on a range of fitness bands, smartwatches and other wearable devices. Fitness wearable designers Atlas Wearables and Moov and smartwatch provider Omate are the first to implement the NFC payments technology into their products.  More

    MasterCard and Samsung enable grocery payments at the fridge

    January 5th, 2016

    US consumers will soon be able to place grocery orders with online grocer FreshDirect and supermarket chain ShopRite by entering the items they wish to purchase into a touchscreen built into Samsung’s new Family Hub refrigerator. More

    Wirecard expands Boon to Spain and Ireland

    December 17th, 2015

    Consumers in Spain and Ireland can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using Wirecard’s Boon service. “The app enables smartphone payments at any NFC-capable POS terminal which accepts MasterCard contactless payments,” the German payments technology provider says. Wirecard launched Boon in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium earlier this month.

    Android Pay to launch in Australia, adds in-app payments in US

    December 16th, 2015

    Google will launch its Android Pay mobile payment service across Australia in the first half of 2016 with support from several of the country’s major financial institutions, including ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank and St George. The mobile payment service has also enabled in-app payments in the US. More

    Samsung Pay adds 19 issuers

    December 15th, 2015

    Samsung Pay has added 19 new issuers including support for eligible PNC Visa and KeyBank MasterCard credit and debit cards. “Cardholders of all these issuers will be able to use Samsung Pay to pay almost anywhere they can swipe or tap their card,” Samsung says.

    Masabi secures US$12m to develop mobile ticketing

    December 7th, 2015

    Mobile ticketing specialist Masabi has secured investment from MasterCard, Lepe Partners, MMC Ventures and public transport operator Keolis amounting to US$12m. “MasterCard and Masabi are working together to help drive cash and its associated costs out of public transport including integrating the one-touch MasterPass digital wallet platform into JustRide,” Masabi says.

    Two thirds of Aussies prefer contactless

    December 2nd, 2015

    Almost two thirds of Australian consumers (64%) prefer contactless payments to cash and 66% prefer using tap and go to entering their PIN for transactions under $100, research from MasterCard reveals. “Shoppers in West Australia have the highest preference for contactless payments in the country (72%), followed by shoppers in New South Wales (67%), Victoria and Tasmania (66%),” the payment network says.

    Wirecard launches HCE payments in four European countries

    December 1st, 2015

    German payments technology provider Wirecard has launched a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium that will allow customers of any mobile network operator to make payments using their Android device at contactless terminals. More

    Three launches NFC mobile payments in Austria

    November 24th, 2015

    Mobile network operator Three has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payments service in Austria. “For this new service, a virtual debit card with contactless payment function based on MasterCard PayPass is being stored on the Android smartphone’s NFC SIM card,” the carrier says. “Three customers can test 3Geldbörse for two months for free. After two months, the new services costs 1€/month.”

    United Overseas Bank offers HCE mobile payments in Singapore

    November 24th, 2015

    Customers of United Overseas Bank (UOB) in Singapore can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments for transactions of any value at all Visa PayWave or MasterPass terminals. The new service also makes use of tokenization. More

    MasterCard lets Apple Pay users travel for free in London

    November 20th, 2015

    Passengers using Apple Pay to pay for travel with a MasterCard on London’s transport network will have their fares refunded by the payments network over the next four Mondays. More

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