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Apple Pay is top choice among US consumers as mobile payment security concerns fade

April 22nd, 2015

Apple Pay has become the top choice of services among US consumers planning on using mobile payments in the next 90 days, a survey conducted by 451 Research has found — and consumers increasingly think mobile payments are more secure than credit cards. More

NFC ticketing trial eliminates “did I touch out?” doubt

April 21st, 2015

An NFC transport ticketing trial in the Netherlands will allow passengers to see on their phones if they have correctly checked themselves on or off the service as they travel, avoiding the risk of paying… More

German carriers and retailers promote NFC mobile payments in Berlin

April 17th, 2015

The largest NFC mobile payment initiative in Germany to date has launched in the capital Berlin, as the country’s three mobile network operators, Vodafone Germany, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, team up with six major retail… More

Jawbone adds NFC payments to fitness trackers with AmEx

April 17th, 2015

Wearable device maker Jawbone has unveiled a fitness tracking wristband that can be linked to the wearer’s American Express card account and used to make NFC payments. US card members with an Up4 tracker “will… More

Kairos mechanical smartwatches get NFC payments

April 15th, 2015

Luxury watchmaker Kairos is to add NFC payments to its hybrid “mechanical smartwatches” and smart wristbands using a host card emulation-based wearable payments solution from German payments technology provider Wirecard. Wirecard’s solution, launched earlier this… More

Oxfam tests NFC for donations and content sharing

April 9th, 2015

Oxfam is to trial NFC-enabled interactive posters, wristbands and collection tins in UK towns to let supporters make donations and see video content highlighting the charity’s work using their NFC phones. To donate money, supporters… More

French banks begin HCE payments pilot

April 1st, 2015

BNP Paribas, Groupe BPCE, La Banque Postale and Société Générale have begun piloting HCE mobile payment services with Visa Europe and payment and transaction services provider Worldline. The plans were first announced in November last year and will let users make mobile payments at nearly 400,000 contactless point-of-sale terminals across the country.

New Zealand NFC wallet venture Semble goes live

March 31st, 2015

Close to one million New Zealanders now have the ability to make NFC payments with the nationwide launch of Semble, a SIM-based mobile wallet introduced by two New Zealand banks, three carriers and payments network… More

AMP Bank adds HCE payments to mobile app

March 31st, 2015

Australia’s AMP Bank has added HCE-based NFC mobile payments to its banking app for Android, allowing AMP Visa debit card holders to make payments with their phone at any contactless terminal. The bank, which joins a growing list of financial institutions which have introduced HCE payments in Australia, will continue to offer PayTag contactless stickers for those who can’t use the new AMPwave service.

82% of UK marketers unaware of NFC OOH advertising

March 30th, 2015

Only 18% of marketers are aware that out-of-home (OOH) advertising campaigns can make use of NFC and QR codes, survey data from Clear Channel UK reveals, despite them citing ‘innovation’ as one of their top buying considerations when under pressure to find new ways to reach mass audiences. More

Vodafone combines tokens and SIMs for NFC payments in Europe

March 30th, 2015

Vodafone customers in five major European markets will be able to use their Visa cards to make NFC mobile payments from the second quarter of this year with a new SIM-based service that makes use of tokenization technology. More

TEB to roll out HCE payments in Turkey

March 26th, 2015

Turkey’s Türk Ekonomi Bankasi (TEB) has become the latest European bank to announce plans to launch a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service using a tokenization platform unveiled by Visa Europe in February. “Customers will be able to make Visa contactless payments at more than 2.4m contactless terminals across Europe with a simple tap using the bank’s CepteTEB mobile application,” says Visa Europe.

Bulgari unveils luxury NFC smartwatch

March 20th, 2015

Italian jewellery brand Bulgari will enter the luxury smartwatch market next year when it launches the NFC-enabled Diagono Magnesium watch – allowing users to make contactless payments, access personal data, as well as unlocking doors… More

Finnish banks add HCE payments to Pivo mobile wallet

March 16th, 2015

Finland’s largest financial services group is to add support for HCE payments to the mobile wallet app it introduced two years ago. OP’s Pivo wallet has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and allows customers… More

All smiles as UK shoppers use contactless to give to charity

March 13th, 2015

UK shoppers have been able to make contactless donations to a national charity via 10 larger-than-life statues of famous comedians placed in cities across the country. Deployed in shopping centres, the statues have housed contactless payment… More

Square buys mPOS developer Kili

March 12th, 2015

Square has bought Kili Technology, the Canada-based mPOS startup that acquired NFC-on-microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity in November 2014. Together, says Square, “we’ll continue to lead the way in delivering simple and affordable hardware that gives our sellers a smarter and safer way to do business”.

Apple demonstrates smartwatch keys and payments

March 9th, 2015

How Apple Watch owners will be able to use their device to make payments, unlock hotel rooms and the garage doors at their home has been demonstrated by Kevin Lynch, Apple’s VP of Technology, at… More

Visa prepares to launch HCE services with multiple banks

March 9th, 2015

Visa is to launch NFC payments services based on host card emulation with “several leading financial institutions around the world” in the coming months, with BBVA and Cuscal already live. Others coming soon include Banco… More

Optus shows off wearable payments

March 5th, 2015

Australian mobile network Optus has shown off a prototype watch that can be used to make contactless payments as an extension of its Cash by Optus prepaid NFC payment app. “Payments can be made using only… More

SpotMe app lets Android users spend Apple Pay cash

March 3rd, 2015

Android users can spend their iPhone-owning friends’ money using a new app that can capture NFC payment transaction tokens from other devices and hold onto them before spending them later. More

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