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    Vodafone Italia adds NFC mobile payments with PayPal

    June 27th, 2016

    Customers of Vodafone Italia can now make NFC mobile payments through PayPal using the mobile network operator’s Vodafone Wallet. The service will allow for in-store payments at any Visa contactless terminal across the country. More

    ABN Amro takes payments to WhatsApp

    June 24th, 2016

    Customers of Dutch bank ABN Amro can now send payment requests to others using messaging platform WhatsApp and a new mobile app called Tikkie. “The requester enters the amount in Tikkie and then selects a person from their WhatsApp contacts,” the bank says. “Tikkie creates a link that can be sent with a WhatsApp message. With just one click on the link, the person who receives the message is directed to the iDeal payment environment. The money is automatically credited to [the requester’s] existing current account.”

    Android Pay preps new features

    June 23rd, 2016

    Android Pay is set to launch streamlined loyalty programme signups, Transport for London (TfL) ticket purchase integration and a function that allows users to discover which nearby stores accept the mobile payment service, a code analysis of the latest version of the mobile app by Android Police has revealed. “Loyalty cards are already supported in Android Pay but only for existing accounts,” the publication says. “This addition will make it possible to create new accounts immediately from within the app.”

    Jiffy payments launches in-store in Milan and Bergamo

    June 23rd, 2016

    Italian consumers are now piloting in-store mobile payments using Jiffy, the person-to-person (P2P) payment service launched by payment processor SIA in October 2014. The service makes use of QR codes at the point of sale. More

    Barclays completes HCE payments launch

    June 22nd, 2016

    Barclays has completed the rollout of its Contactless Mobile host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service across the UK, the bank has confirmed to NFC World. The feature allows customers with compatible Android phones… More

    More US consumers open to mobile payments

    June 22nd, 2016

    Two out of five US consumers (40%) have or would use in-store mobile payments, up from 34% in 2015, research from Bank of America reveals. “The majority (57%) of consumers would consider or are already using a P2P money transfer service from their bank,” the bank adds. “Nearly two in three (62%) respondents use mobile or online as their preferred method of banking. More than half (54%) of consumers also say they are active users of a mobile banking app, up from 48% last year.”

    MintChip launches for in-store and P2P payments in Canada

    June 21st, 2016

    Canadians can now use the MintChip virtual currency to send and receive money through a P2P mobile app and make payments at participating merchants in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood by scanning a barcode. A partnership with… More

    Bluetooth 5 set for release in late 2016

    June 21st, 2016

    The next Bluetooth release will be made available in “late 2016 to early 2017”, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has confirmed, following the unveiling of the Bluetooth 5 specification earlier this month. “Extending range… More

    French vineyard to safeguard its entire output with NFC

    June 21st, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: The Geantet-Pansiot vineyard estate in Burgundy, France is to equip all of its wine bottles with an NFC tag to let its customers authenticate the beverage and receive information about the wine directly on their smartphone. More

    ASB Bank launches HCE in New Zealand

    June 15th, 2016

    Customers of ASB Bank in New Zealand can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using ASB Virtual, a new feature in the bank’s mobile banking app that enables payments using a Visa… More

    Android Pay comes out on top in US survey

    June 14th, 2016

    Android Pay tops the list of the most popular mobile payment services used by US consumers with 19% saying they have made an in-store payment via the service, research from Walker Sands reveals.  More

    Microsoft to launch HCE mobile payments with Wallet 2.0

    June 13th, 2016

    Microsoft will unveil a new Wallet 2.0 app this summer that will bring with it host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments, an internal build of the updated app seen by Windows Central reveals. “I was able to enable Tap to Pay successfully on a Bank of America debit card,” the publication reports. “When first launched, Wallet will check your Microsoft Account for any credit cards already linked and import those for Tap to Pay. My Lumia 950 even utilized Windows Hello for my account authentication.”

    Shell to accept Chase Pay in all US locations later this year

    June 10th, 2016

    Motorists will soon be able to pay for purchases from oil and gas company Shell using Chase Pay, the QR code-based mobile payment service unveiled by JPMorgan Chase in October 2015. Shell will accept Chase Pay in all of its stations across the US. More

    Pay by Bank to make UK launch with Barclays

    June 9th, 2016

    UK bank Barclays is to become the first to launch Pay by Bank, the mobile payment app developed by payments infrastructure operator VocaLink’s mobile payment startup Zapp. The service will be made available to customers from autumn 2016, with Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland also planning to support the service “soon”. The service was expected to launch last year, but was later delayed.

    Visa signs up US banks for Visa Digital Commerce App

    June 8th, 2016

    More than 40 US financial institutions have begun implementing the Visa Digital Commerce App, an issuer-branded mobile app that enables card management services such as account balance information, card controls and alerts. The platform also includes token services for NFC mobile payments. “The Visa Digital Commerce App brings together a comprehensive set of services to empower financial institution clients of all sizes to quickly offer their own digital payment experience to cardholders,” says Visa’s Oliver Jenkyn.

    Stripe offers free processing with Android Pay

    June 8th, 2016

    Payment processor Stripe is offering free processing for Android Pay payments in the US and across the UK for a limited time. “Just complete your integration by mid-July and we’ll waive all Stripe fees for payments made with Android Pay for the rest of the year,” the company says.

    MCX to end CurrentC pilot and disable all accounts

    June 8th, 2016

    US retailer-led consortium MCX is concluding the pilot of its CurrentC mobile wallet at the end of June and will be disabling all user accounts. The company has “not yet determined the future timing of CurrentC”. More

    China sees rapid growth in proximity mobile payments

    June 7th, 2016

    The number of Chinese consumers making in-store mobile payments more than doubled last year and almost half of all smartphone users in the country will be making proximity mobile payments by 2020, according to research… More

    Tencent to ramp up WeChat Pay in Japan

    June 7th, 2016

    Chinese internet giant Tencent is working to roll out its WeChat Pay mobile payment service to 10,000 Japanese stores by the end of 2016. “WeChat Pay, linked to the popular WeChat messaging app, lets its more than 300m users pay via smartphone at 300,000-plus locations in China,” Nikkei reports. “Only a few Japanese stores have adopted it so far. The plan is to have 20,000 stores in Japan accept WeChat Pay as soon as possible.”

    Erste Bank launches range of NFC payment options in Austria

    June 7th, 2016

    Customers of Erste Bank und Sparkassen in Austria will now be able to make NFC payments using a wristband, sticker or mobile app launched by the bank. All three payment methods are available countrywide and can also be used to make withdrawals at the first NFC-enabled Erste Bank ATM in Vienna. More

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