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    80% of Brits have used alternative payment methods this year

    September 17th, 2015

    Eight in ten UK consumers with bank accounts have used an alternative to traditional cash and plastic cards in the last 12 months, research by Gocompare.com has found. 4% have made an NFC mobile payment,… 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

    High value contactless payments available across Europe in 2017

    September 8th, 2015

    Consumers will be able to make contactless transactions for high value payments above the current limit at all contactless terminals across Europe by 2017, MasterCard has announced. The move follows the payment network’s confirmation that… More

    Samsung Smart TVs to support Samsung Pay

    August 6th, 2015

    Samsung Smart TV owners will be able to make payments directly on the device by selecting the item they wish to purchase, pressing Pay Now and entering a PIN. Samsung Pay on TV will support “major credit cards, debit cards, PayPal as well as other mobile billing options,” Samsung says. “Samsung mobile device users can easily transfer their Samsung account information and registered payment methods to the Smart TV.”

    HKT launches NFC mobile payments service in Hong Kong

    July 28th, 2015

    Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) subsidiary HKT Payment has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payment service to let customers of its 1010 and Csl mobile service brands pay at more than three million locations worldwide which… More

    Alfa-Bank customers get contactless watches to make payments

    July 10th, 2015

    Customers of Russia’s Alfa-Bank can now use a contactless-enabled watch designed and supplied by Austrian company Watch2Pay to make payments with a tap of their wrist wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted. “AlfaPay wristwatch is a… More

    Europeans make more than 1bn Visa contactless transactions in 12 months

    July 6th, 2015

    More than one billion contactless transactions worth in excess of €12.6bn have been made by Visa cardholders across Europe in the past 12 months, research from Visa Europe has found, with its customers spending €1.6bn… More

    “Highly interested” Canadians ready for mobile payments

    July 3rd, 2015

    Some 14% of Canadian consumers say they are highly interested in making in-store mobile payments and 11% are also interested in using a wearable device such as a smartwatch to do so, research from payment… More

    One in five Australians make in-store mobile payments

    June 26th, 2015

    Three in ten Australians plan to use their smartphone for all their digital money and financial needs by 2017 and one in five (17%) are already using their smartphones to make in-store payments, research from lender Fair Go Finance reveals. “50% would like to use biometrics instead of PIN codes by 2020,” the survey finds. “One in ten said they would use Facebook to transfer money to friends and family.”

    Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu rolls out mobile payments to 170 stores

    June 23rd, 2015

    Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu is to roll out a mobile payments service to 170 stores, using a platform developed by Dinube that combines proprietary tokenization algorithms, NFC and biometric fingerprint security. Dinube charges merchants a… More

    ING to launch HCE in the Netherlands

    June 17th, 2015

    ING is to launch a mobile payments service based on host card emulation (HCE) in the Netherlands this summer following a final test with a group of the bank’s employees. “ING customers who already use the Mobile Banking app and have a suitable Android NFC smartphone — Android 4.4 KitKat or higher — will be able to make direct contactless mobile payments through the new ING Mobile Payment app after activating it with their mobile PIN,” the bank explains.

    Intelligent Environments replaces PINs with emoji passcodes

    June 16th, 2015

    Software provider Intelligent Environments has launched an emoji-only passcode system that lets consumers log into their bank’s mobile app using four emoji characters instead of traditional PINs. Emoji Passcode has been integrated into Intelligent Environments’ Android digital… More

    Apple Pay users in UK will be able to make payments above contactless card limit

    June 10th, 2015

    Customers who choose to use Apple Pay when the service launches in the UK will be able to use the mobile payments service to make transactions over the current contactless limit of £20 (US$30) at… More

    NBO first to pilot contactless in Oman

    June 9th, 2015

    National Bank of Oman (NBO) has become the first in the country to launch a contactless card pilot, in partnership with MasterCard. “The new scheme will allow customers to make payments for small ticket items at the checkout without the need to enter a PIN or sign a receipt,” Times of Oman reports. “The cards, using ‘TapNGo’ technology, are identified as NBO Beam cards.”

    RBC unveils Android M mobile wallet app

    June 2nd, 2015

    Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has developed an app for the Android M Developer Preview that will be used as part of the bank’s RBC Wallet service to let users authenticate themselves using their fingerprint for… More

    India gets PIN-free contactless payments

    May 15th, 2015

    Contactless users in India can make payments of up to Rs2,000 (US$31) without using a PIN, following the Reserve Bank of India’s relaxation of its requirement for two-factor authentication. “Beyond this transaction limit the card has to be processed as a contact payment, and authentication with PIN will be mandatory,” the bank says. “Banks have been advised to put in place suitable velocity checks as considered appropriate.”

    KFC serves up mobile payments in Ghana

    April 15th, 2015

    KFC is letting customers use their phones to pay for meals through mobile network operator Airtel’s mobile money platform in five of the fast-food chain’s stores in Accra, Ghana. “The process is quite simple,” the carrier explained… More

    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

    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

    Facebook rolls out payments with Messenger app

    March 18th, 2015

    Facebook users in the US will soon be able to make and receive secure mobile payments for free via the social network’s Messenger app. The service is rolling out “over the coming months”, Facebook says…. More

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