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    Samsung Pay makes European debut in Spain

    June 3rd, 2016

    Samsung Pay has begun rolling out across Spain, making it the first European market where the mobile payment service is available. The service has launched with support from CaixaBank and ImaginBank and will also be available for customers of Abanca and Banco Sabadell “soon”. More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Spain next week

    May 26th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in Spain next week, marking the mobile payment service’s first expansion into Europe, City A.M. reports. Samsung is also “working on features beyond tap and pay to set it apart when it launches later this year in the UK,” the publication says. Samsung Pay announced its global expansion plans during a keynote at Mobile World Congress in February 2016.

    Samsung Pay adds membership and loyalty cards in the US

    May 19th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users across the US can now add their merchant membership and loyalty cards to the mobile payment service and receive savings, rewards and other offers by having a card’s barcode scanned by the cashier at the point of sale. More

    PayPal CEO announces NFC payments expansion

    April 29th, 2016

    Vodafone Wallet with PayPal NFC-enabled payments is now live in Spain and is expected to be made available across Europe throughout the “back half of 2016”, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman revealed during the company’s Q1 earnings call.  More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Singapore in Q2 this year

    April 20th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in Singapore in the second quarter of this year, the company has announced, adding it to South Korea, the US and China on the list of Samsung’s “priority markets”. The service will launch… More

    Xiaomi to launch Xiaomi Pay?

    March 30th, 2016

    Handset maker Xiaomi has filed a patent in Korea for a mobile payment service called Xiaomi Pay, The Korea Herald reports. “There is speculation that Xiaomi’s upcoming mid-range smartphone Mi5 will feature the NFC mobile payment service,” the publication says. “The patent filing in the Korean market indicates that the Chinese tech firm plans to roll out its smartphone here.” The Mi5 was unveiled during Mobile World Congress and is equipped with NXP’s secure element and NFC solution.

    Gemalto’s Mobile ID gets GSMA approval

    February 25th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security specialist Gemalto’s Mobile ID solution has been accredited by the GSMA’s Mobile Connect program, an initiative that aims to help mobile network operators provide a universal phone-based identity and authentication service to consumers worldwide. Mobile ID provides scalable identity management and authentication services to allow MNOs to easily become a digital identity provider.

    Visa Checkout heads to six new markets

    February 25th, 2016

    Visa is expanding its online payment service to France, India, Ireland, Poland, Spain and the UK this year, taking the total footprint to 22 markets. Visa Checkout has been launched in 16 countries since its introduction in July 2014, including the US, Argentina, Brazil and Canada, with usage growing to more than 11m consumer accounts and acceptance by more than 250,000 merchants.

    Connected car can find parking, reserve it and pay with a fingerprint

    February 24th, 2016

    Car manufacturer Seat, Samsung Electronics and software giant SAP have created a technological alliance to develop connected car projects that could enable drivers to reserve car parking spaces and pay with a fingerprint using Samsung Pay. The companies are showing their ideas at Mobile World Congress this week. More

    Gemalto and Prosa bring HCE payments to Mexico

    February 24th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto and payment processor Prosa have partnered to bring host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments to Mexico. Prosa operates in eight Latin American countries and will be offering the… More

    Vodafone to roll out NFC mobile ticketing in Spanish cities

    February 23rd, 2016

    Vodafone Spain is to begin rolling out NFC mobile ticketing through its Vodafone Wallet in cities across Spain. The mobile network operator has teamed up with Gemalto and transport ticket provider PrePay Technologies to develop… More

    Morpho and Visa work on biometric authentication

    February 23rd, 2016

    ID specialist Morpho is working with Visa to explore payment concepts using new security technologies including biometric recognition. “These technologies will be applied to existing means of payment such as credit or debit cards, mobile, ATMs and point-of-sale terminals,” Morpho says. “Morpho’s collaboration with Visa intends to explore innovative security solutions in response to the strong growth in this market.”

    CU Wallet to offer MasterPass to 120 credit unions

    February 23rd, 2016

    The 120 member credit unions behind mobile payment platform CU Wallet can now offer MasterCard’s MasterPass digital wallet service to their customers through their own branded mobile apps. “CU Wallet’s on-device application and back-end infrastructure will enable consumers to use MasterPass to simply and safely make purchases in-store, online or in-app with any payment card across multiple communications technologies, including NFC, QR/barcodes and remote checkout,” MasterCard says.

    Mahindra powers AsiaHawala mobile money in Iraq

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers of Iraqi mobile network operator Asiacell can now make P2P transfers, settle bills and pay merchants using AsiaHawala, a mobile money service powered by Mahindra Comviva’s Mobiquity Money solution. “Currently, AsiaHawala is using USSD that is available across all types of mobile devices and will soon be adding new channels,” Mahindra Comviva says. “AsiaHawala is available to 10.6m Asiacell customers which covers almost 28% of the total Iraqi population.”

    ARM includes AMS NFC payments booster in wearables reference design

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design for wearables from processor designer ARM includes high-performance NFC technology from AMS that enables small-footprint devices with tiny antennas to couple with NFC readers as easily and reliably as… More

    Visa extends Visa Token Service to auto manufacturers

    February 23rd, 2016

    Visa is extending its Visa Token Service platform to auto manufacturers to enable in-vehicle payment experiences through Visa Checkout. The company has partnered with Honda and car parking solutions provider ParkWhiz to demonstrate fuel and parking proof-of-concept solutions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. More

    G&D connects its issuers to MDES for tokenization

    February 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has integrated its Convego CloudPay solution with the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) to enable issuers to work directly with G&D to implement tokenization for their host card emulation (HCE)… More

    WiseKey and MasterCard to add NFC payments to watches and wearables

    February 22nd, 2016

    Security specialist WiseKey and MasterCard are working together to enable NFC payments on luxury watches and wearables. “The partnership adds new devices and brands to ongoing MasterCard programs that bring payments to any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable,” MasterCard says. WiseKey is already working with Hublot and Bulgari to add payments to a range of high-end watches.

    Coin launches program to add payments to wearables

    February 22nd, 2016

    Connected device maker Coin has launched a developer program to accelerate the integration of payments into wearables. “The program will enable access to the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) to securely digitize MasterCard payment credentials and further reduce the barrier to entry for device manufacturers,” partner MasterCard says. Coin and MasterCard announced their plans to enable NFC payments on a range of wearable devices in January 2016.

    FordPay to launch in Europe this year

    February 22nd, 2016

    FordPay, Ford’s virtual mobile wallet that forms part of the FordPass platform unveiled in January 2016, is to make its debut in Europe this year, the car-maker’s CEO Mark Fields has announced at Mobile World Congress. New partners for the FordPass launch include oil and gas company BP and mobile parking payment provider Mobile City.

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