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    NFC SIM shipment remains static in 2015 due to Softcard closure

    April 26th, 2016

    The global number of NFC SIM card shipments remained static during 2015 following the closure of the Softcard mobile wallet in the US last year, the SIMalliance has revealed, despite reporting significant NFC SIM growth across Asia and Europe. More

    AT&T boss admits mobile payment failure

    June 4th, 2015

    The CEO of AT&T has admitted that the US carrier’s mobile payment efforts have failed in light of the closure of Softcard, the joint venture between it, T-Mobile USA and Verizon. “In the end, we thought we’re probably better off not investing more money in this space,” Ralph De La Vega told Forbes. “It seems like a more natural fit for the OS manufacturer doing those kinds of things. We decided to focus on another part of the business and not continue on the mobile payments area.”

    Google unveils Android Pay

    May 28th, 2015

    Google is to introduce a new NFC mobile payments platform called Android Pay with the release of Android M later this year, vice president of engineering Dave Burke has revealed during the Google I/O 2015 keynote. More

    Tony Sabetti joins CPI as NFC lead

    May 7th, 2015

    Industry veteran Tony Sabetti has joined CPI Card Group to lead its mobile and NFC market initiatives. Sabetti, who will helm the company’s CPIMobile digital issuance solution division, was previously technology director at US carrier-owned mobile payments venture Softcard. Before that he was a senior director of sales and marketing at NXP. Sabetti is also secretary of the Smart Card Alliance’s Mobile & NFC Council.

    O2 buys out Weve partners and drops mobile payment plans

    May 5th, 2015

    O2, one of the three UK mobile network operators that formed the mobile commerce joint venture Weve three years ago, has bought out partners EE and Vodafone to operate the brand as a wholly-owned subsidiary — and… More

    SIMalliance: NFC SIM shipments up 69% in 2014

    April 14th, 2015

    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. More

    PayPal explains why it’s buying mobile wallet provider Paydiant

    March 20th, 2015

    “What Paydiant has is a clarity of focus on mobile and how large merchants need to utilise mobile to connect with their customers — they’re a small company doing that very successfully with some really… More

    Softcard to close down on 31 March

    March 9th, 2015

    The Softcard mobile wallet service is to close down altogether at the end of March 2015 in the wake of a deal between Google and the three US carriers that founded the NFC payments venture. “As of 3/31 your Softcard app will no longer work,” the company says. “You can continue to use the Softcard app until 3/31. After that your account will be closed. To keep using a digital wallet app download Google Wallet now.”

    Samsung Pay’s success in the US is not assured, says expert

    March 2nd, 2015

    Google’s recent acquisition of Softcard’s NFC payments business may hit Samsung Pay’s prospects for widespread US adoption hard, says a respected payments consultant. Commenting on Samsung Pay’s launch, Tom Noyes is enthusiastic about the system’s mechanism for wider merchant acceptance but, he writes, “even if it were ready today it will never be pre-loaded on ANY phone in the US given the recent Google/Softcard deal with all three major US MNOs.”

    Softcard confirms it is to shut down

    February 24th, 2015

    Google’s deal with AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless to have Google Wallet pre-installed on their Android phones marks the end of the road for Softcard, the NFC payments joint venture set up as… More

    Google teams up with US carriers for NFC mobile payments

    February 23rd, 2015

    Google Wallet will be pre-installed on all Android phones supplied by Softcard partners AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless from “later this year”, Ariel Bardin, Google’s vice president of payments, has announced. The deal… More

    USA Technologies reveals secret of success for Apple Pay branding

    February 11th, 2015

    “Certification work” with Apple was all that was needed to add 200,000 vending and other self-service machines supplied over the last five years to the list of Apple Pay acceptance points, USA Technologies (USAT) has… More

    Google in talks to buy Softcard to combat Apple Pay?

    January 19th, 2015

    Google is responding to the successful launch of Apple Pay by going on the mobile payments acquisition trail, according to industry rumours — and US carrier-owned NFC venture Softcard, which laid off 60 staff last week,… More

    Softcard lays off 60 staff in bid to cut costs

    January 12th, 2015

    US carrier-owned mobile payments venture Softcard has laid off 60 employees out of an employee base of “hundreds” as part of an effort to “reduce costs and strengthen its business”. “This includes simplifying the company’s organisational… More

    United Airlines to let passengers pay for airport food and drinks using award miles

    November 20th, 2014

    United Airlines is to install more than 6,000 iPads across Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport to enable members of the airline’s MileagePlus reward scheme to use their award miles to pay for food,… More

    Softcard adds United MileagePlus cards

    November 17th, 2014

    United Airlines and Chase are adding support for United MileagePlus credit cards to the Softcard mobile wallet. “Cardholders can now add United MileagePlus credit cards to Softcard, using the app to tap to pay and earn award miles at hundreds of thousands of locations nationwide that accept contactless payments,” Softcard says.

    Softcard picks Muppet mascot for online advertising campaign

    November 14th, 2014

    US carrier mobile payments venture Softcard has unveiled Tappy, a mascot designed by the company behind The Muppets that will be used initially in an online advertising blitz reported to be valued at US$1.5m. More

    McDonald’s on mobile payments: We prefer to let our customers choose how they pay

    November 13th, 2014

    McDonald’s sees accepting NFC mobile payments as part of its on-going customer service improvement remit, the fast food giant’s Anja Carroll has told NFC World+. “We can accept all payment products that leverage standard NFC… More

    Softcard to be on 100 phones by year’s end

    November 10th, 2014

    US carrier joint venture Softcard’s NFC mobile payments service will be available on more than 100 devices by the end of the year. “We believe in customer choice — it’s one of our core principles and an important factor in driving widespread consumer adoption,” says CEO Michael Abbott. Softcard currently runs on selected Android and Windows Phone devices, with support for iOS planned.

    Windows Phone gets Softcard NFC payments

    November 5th, 2014

    Windows Phone users with AT&T in the US can now make NFC payments by downloading a new Softcard app from the Windows Phone Store. Until now Softcard has only been supported by select Android phones.

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