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Amazon unveils smartphone that lets users shop the world around them

June 19th, 2014

Amazon has launched Fire, a smartphone that includes 3D “dynamic perspective” technology and a dedicated Firefly button that lets users recognize — and buy from Amazon — physical products, movies and music that they come… More

French bank card association backs biometric payments

June 16th, 2014

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires CB, the French bank card association which pioneered the use of chip cards for payments in the 1980s, expects to enable member banks to issue customers with keyfobs supporting fingerprint payments… More

Edgetech to offer acoustic mobile payments in Zimbabwe

June 5th, 2014

Zimbabwe-based banking solutions provider Edgetech Solutions is preparing to launch a new mobile payment service that uses sound-based communication technology from NearBytes to let people make payments in stores with their phones. When launched, the Edgepay solution… More

Standard Bank rolls out mobile payments to 10,000 merchants in South Africa

May 22nd, 2014

Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups, has launched a service that allows small merchants to accept mobile payments by simply placing a QR code at their point of sale, with no… More

Total gas stations offer mobile payments in Uganda

May 22nd, 2014

Customers at 45 Total gas stations in Uganda can now use their Airtel Money account to pay for fuel and services as well as make in-store purchases with their mobile phone. The service is to… More

TD Canada Trust launches NFC mobile payments with support from all three major carriers

May 15th, 2014

TD Canada Trust, the retail banking arm of the Toronto-Dominion Bank, has become the first in Canada to offer an NFC mobile payment solution that is supported by the country’s three major wireless networks: Bell,… More

WiFi Alliance adds support for NFC

April 9th, 2014

The WiFi Alliance has updated its WiFi Protected Setup certification program to include tap-to-connect functionality via NFC. The first products to support the NFC option are available now from Broadcom, Marvell, Mediatek and Qualcomm. Tap-to-connect… More

Blaze seeks buyer for early NFC patent

April 8th, 2014

Blaze Mobile is selling US patent number 8,630,905, an NFC payments patent entitled “Single Tap Transactions using a Secure Element” that dates back to 2007. The patent sale is being handled by ICAP Patent Brokerage…. More

Mashreq offers NFC stickers

April 7th, 2014

UAE-based Mashreq Bank is now offering its credit card customers a contactless payment sticker that can be attached to a mobile phone. Purchases of under 100 dirhams (US$27.23) can be made with the Tap n Go stickers at any of the more than 4,000 points of sale in the UAE equipped with a contactless payment terminal, without the need for a PIN or signature.

Teasy combines NFC and biometrics for payments in Nigeria

March 21st, 2014

Nigerian mobile payments provider Teasy Mobile is to equip its mobile money agents with POS terminals that use biometric technology to verify a consumer and NFC to allow them to make a payment. VeriFone Mobile… More

Royal Canadian Mint picks NFC for virtual currency pilot

February 20th, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint is piloting its MintChip digital currency in the cafeterias at its Ottawa and Winnipeg facilities — and is using NFC technology to enable employees to make purchases with the Bitcoin alternative…. More

Rabobank sets NFC mobile wallet launch date

January 29th, 2014

The NFC payments pilot in the Dutch city of Leiden has proved successful in terms of both consumer and merchant uptake, partners Rabobank, ING and ABN Amro report — and Rabobank is now set to… More

Royal Bank of Canada launches NFC payments in the cloud

January 21st, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada has introduced an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. The new RBC Wallet is available to customers with a Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung… More

La Caixa partners with Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange and Visa for Europe’s largest NFC payments service

December 17th, 2013

Spain’s La Caixa bank is to introduce a commercial NFC mobile payment service in partnership with Visa Europe and the country’s three leading mobile network operators — Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange. Between them, the three… More

Vodafone to launch NFC mobile wallet across Europe

November 22nd, 2013

Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC mobile wallet is going live today in Spain, will be available in Germany in mid-December and expand to the Netherlands, UK and Italy in spring 2014. Vodafone Wallet works with… More

PrivatBank cuts ATM costs with NFC

November 5th, 2013

Ukraine-based PrivatBank has developed an ATM that uses NFC to “significantly reduce” product costs by eliminating the need to include a pin pad, screen and other user interface features. More

OTI gets MasterCard approval for Wave NFC add-on

October 24th, 2013

Contactless technology specialist On Track Innovations (OTI) has received MasterCard Mobile PayPass certification for Wave Dongle, an add-on that plugs into the audio jack of a standard mobile device to provide users with NFC payments… More

CommBank to launch NFC payments using embedded secure elements

October 22nd, 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced a series of upgrades to its mobile banking and payments service, including plans to offer NFC payments using secure elements embedded in “certain phones” and NFC stickers that can… More

IBM launches two-factor authentication for NFC devices

October 21st, 2013

Computer giant IBM has added a two factor authentication solution to its IBM Worklight mobile app platform, providing “an extra layer of security when using an NFC-enabled device and a contactless smart card to conduct… More

Italians give NFC payments an 8 out of 10

October 21st, 2013

Consumer research undertaken by payments processor SIA has found that 94% of the Italians who have had the opportunity to try out NFC payments appreciated the technology, giving the experience an average rating of 8… More

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