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ICICI Bank launches mVisa mobile payments

October 9th, 2015

ICICI Bank has become the first Indian bank to launch a mobile payment service based on Visa’s mVisa solution, which was unveiled in August 2015. “With this service, users of Pockets can make cashless payment from their smartphones using their debit card by simply scanning an mVisa QR code at a merchant location,” the bank says.

Chevron to offer NFC mobile payments at the pump

October 6th, 2015

Oil and gas company Chevron has teamed up with Visa to offer mobile payments at the pump at 20 locations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley from “later this fall”. The service will be compatible… More

Clear2Pay adds certified testing solutions for US move to EMV

October 2nd, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Conformance testing specialist Clear2Pay Open Test Solutions has received certification from major payment networks for a suite of solutions and services that are designed to make it easier for US merchants, VARs and payment… More

60% of US cards to support EMV by year end

October 1st, 2015

Six in ten US payment cards (60%) will include an EMV chip by the end of 2015, research from the Payment Security Task Force shows, and that number will grow to 98% by the end of 2017. Task Force members include Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Discover, First Data, MasterCard, Visa, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

Bell ID gets HCE certification from global payment schemes

September 30th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Mobile payments specialist Bell ID’s host card emulation (HCE) solution has been certified by three of the largest global payment schemes, the company has announced, making it the first vendor to receive approval… More

Rio Olympics to get NFC wristbands?

September 29th, 2015

Visa has shown off a proof of concept NFC wristband in San Francisco, demonstrating how it could be used for making payments at the Rio 2016 Olympics next year. “Olympic hopefuls attending the Team Visa Summit learned to use new payment technologies that are expected to be implemented at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games including Visa Checkout and Samsung Pay,” Visa says. “We can’t yet confirm what kind of wearable payment devices we may have in Rio,” the company told NFC World.

Samsung Pay goes live in the US

September 28th, 2015

Samsung Pay has launched in the US today after going live in Korea in August 2015, where it racked up a total 1.5m transactions in its first month. It launches with support from American Express, Bank of America, Citi, US Bank, MasterCard and Visa, with mobile network operators Sprint, US Cellular, AT&T and T-Mobile on board. Verizon Wireless has yet to announce its support.

Grupo Aval introduces in-store mobile payments and offers in Colombia

September 23rd, 2015

Grupo Aval, Colombia’s largest financial services group, has launched a mobile payment and offers service that lets customers of its Av Villas, Banco de Bogotá, Banco de Occidente and Banco Popular banks make in-store payments… More

Absa Bank to pilot new Visa biometric chip card spec

September 16th, 2015

South Africa’s Absa Bank is to be the first to develop a proof of concept trial of a new Visa specification that will enable the use of biometrics to verify EMV chip card transactions. The… More

Google launches Android Pay in the US

September 10th, 2015

Google has begun rolling out its Android Pay mobile payment platform across the US today. In-store NFC mobile payments using the system will be possible at more than one million locations within the next few days, with in-app payments and loyalty expected later this year.  More

18% of US Visa cards contain EMV chip

September 9th, 2015

Almost one fifth (18%) of the 720m Visa-branded credit, debit and prepaid cards in the US included an EMV chip and some 295,000 merchant locations were enabled for chip card acceptance as of July 2015, up 19% from 247,000 at the end of June 2015, Visa has told NFC World. Some 36,663 ATMs can now read EMV chip cards.

Brits spend £2.5bn with contactless in first half of 2015

September 1st, 2015

More than £2.5bn (US$3.8bn) was spent using contactless cards in the UK in the first half of 2015 compared to £2.32bn (US$3.55bn) for the whole of 2014, research from The UK Cards Association reveals as… More

CaixaBank launches HCE mobile payments app

August 28th, 2015

Spain’s CaixaBank has broadened its range of mobile payment services with the launch of CaixaBank Pay, a new app based on host card emulation (HCE) that allows users to make online and in-store payments at… More

Visa Checkout reports 6m customers

August 25th, 2015

More than six million customers have signed up for Visa Checkout since its launch last year, Visa reports. The platform has nearly 250,000 merchants while financial institution partners have grown to over 330. “In recent months, no less than 33 new merchants, ranging from Best Buy and Under Armour to Barnes & Noble and Taco Bell, have signed on,” the payment network says.

Qiwi adds HCE payments to mobile wallet

August 24th, 2015

Russian payment services provider Qiwi has integrated Visa payWave technology into its Qiwi Wallet app to enable host card emulation (HCE) payments at any contactless terminal. “Visa Qiwi Wallet account can be topped up in any of more than 100,000 Qiwi kiosks throughout Russia by linking a bank card or from a mobile phone account,” Qiwi says. “The contactless Visa payWave solution is preinstalled in the new version of the e-wallet.”

PayPal launches contactless reader in UK

August 11th, 2015

PayPal has launched the new version of its PayPal Here card reader, equipped with contactless, in the UK following its unveiling in March. The reader “accepts contactless transactions payments from Visa, Maestro and MasterCard debit/credit cards along with Apple Pay,” PayPal writes in a blog post. “The new reader is set up to process transactions through chip and pin as well as those taken by swiping the magnetic stripe.”

Indian banks to test mVisa mobile payments in Bangalore

August 6th, 2015

India’s Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India (SBI) are to pilot a mobile payment service developed by Visa this summer that will let select customers make in-store, online and bill payments as well as send and receive money using their mobile devices. More

Stripe gets access to Visa Token Service through strategic partnership

July 29th, 2015

Mobile and online payment provider Stripe has entered into a strategic partnership with Visa that will make it one of the first beta partners to connect to Visa’s network capabilities, giving its developer community access… More

Visa signs up 2,300 financial institutions for Visa Token Service

July 24th, 2015

More than 2,300 financial institutions and banking partners have now signed up for Visa’s tokenization service with international expansion set to happen “in the fall”, Visa has revealed during a third quarter earnings call. The… More

Cab:app taxis to accept NFC mobile payments

July 2nd, 2015

More than 7,600 taxi drivers in 90 cities across the UK and Ireland can accept NFC mobile payments from passengers using the taxi-hailing app Cab:app through an mPOS gateway provided by Payworks.  “Drivers are now able to accept physical Visa, MasterCard and American Express card payments directly from the Cab:app application using NFC-enabled chip & PIN card readers,” the company says, adding that frequent passengers can pay directly from the app.

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