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Industry veterans seek funding for NFC payments ring

October 5th, 2015

A team of NFC payments veterans has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for an NFC ring that can be used to make payments at contactless POS terminals and across the Transport for London network. More

Moldovan bank offers cardless ATM transfers

August 11th, 2015

Customers of Moldova’s Moldindconbank can now transfer funds from their accounts to individuals using ATMs equipped with OpenWay’s Way4 Cash by Code technology. Recipients receive a code via SMS and another code from the sender that they use to withdraw the predetermined cash amount. “If the amount is not withdrawn within 24 hours, the money is automatically returned to the sender’s card account,” the bank says.

Indian banks to test mVisa mobile payments in Bangalore

August 6th, 2015

India’s Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India (SBI) are to pilot a mobile payment service developed by Visa this summer that will let select customers make in-store, online and bill payments as well as send and receive money using their mobile devices. More

LivQuick raises $1.6m for mobile wallet

July 22nd, 2015

Mumbai-based LivQuik, the company behind mobile payment service QuikWallet, has raised US$1.6m from existing investor Snow Leopard Ventures to scale its team, technology and merchant base. “Payment options include SMS, NFC, QR codes, mobile applications and POS software,” IndianWeb2 reports. “Currently, it caters to 1,000 merchants. It has around 100,000 users.”

WHSmith India to accept MobiKwik mobile payments in 55 stores

July 10th, 2015

More than 17m users of Indian mobile wallet service MobiKwik will be able to make in-store payments at 55 WHSmith India stationery and book stores, the first time the service has been available for payments… More

Rhombus launches SMS mobile payments platform in the US

June 11th, 2015

Payments startup Rhombus has launched a platform in the US that lets consumers send payments and donations to businesses on any mobile device by texting the amount owed and a description of what they want… More

NFC gets top marks for helping Barcelona kids get to school

May 5th, 2015

Six schools in Barcelona are issuing contactless cards to students who use public transport so that parents can track them on their journey to school and be notified when their child has arrived safely. Assistants… 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

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

Lloyds Bank to push customer rewards to mobile phones and smartwatches

February 19th, 2015

Lloyds Bank is to start sending push notifications about special deals with selected retailers to customers’ smartwatches and smartphones. The launch of push notifications for the UK bank’s Everyday Offers service – which allows customers… More

Norwegian carriers pick Amdocs for mobile payments

January 30th, 2015

Strex, the mobile payments joint venture between Norwegian carriers Telenor, TeliaSonera and Tele2, has selected software and services provider Amdocs’ Mobile Financial Services solution to “consolidate the operators’ multiple SMS-based payment systems into one” mobile wallet. Strex will now be able to offer users a single solution to pay for digital and physical goods or services, send money and pay bills using “either SMS, web, USSD or via a mobile app,” Amdocs says.

Outspoken texts offers to wallets

December 8th, 2014

Mobile messaging provider Outspoken has added support for Google Wallet to its digital wallet delivery solution, enabling marketers to distribute offers to a user’s mobile wallet via a text message. “Outspoken’s technology uniquely delivers pass files using SMS and MMS, sending the pass as a text message attachment or in the form of a link,” the company explains. The platform already supports Apple Passbook.

EcoCash takes mobile money to the point of sale

November 17th, 2014

EcoCash, Africa’s second largest mobile money provider with 3.7m users, is to offer customers in Zimbawe a MasterCard debit card linked to their EcoCash wallet. This will enable them to use the funds in their… More

Korean banks partner with messaging giant for mobile banking service

November 13th, 2014

Korean internet and messaging giant Daum Kakao has launched BankWalletKakao, a mobile wallet service provided in partnership with 16 Korean banks and Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearing Institute (KFTC). The service leverages instant messaging technology… More

RATP adds NFC to Paris bus and tram stops

November 11th, 2014

Paris area transport authority RATP has begun installing NFC tags at bus and tram stops in the Ile-de-France region to deliver real-time information and route maps to passengers’ smartphones. Developed in partnership with RATP subsidiary Ixxi, the service is due to be rolled out to 13,000 locations in the first quarter of 2015 and is also available via SMS and QR code for those without an NFC device.

Kotak launches P2P payments for Facebook

October 21st, 2014

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched a bank-agnostic payment service for Facebook that will enable 250 million Indian bank account holders to transfer money by choosing a recipient’s name from their friends list. “KayPay offers a safe and secure platform to transact on the social networking site through a two-level authentication — Facebook user ID and password, and a one-time password,” the bank explains. “Further, both sender and receiver immediately receive notifications via SMS and on Facebook about the transfer.”

Singtel charges Angry Birds toys to buyers phone bills

October 21st, 2014

Singapore carrier Singtel is taking carrier billing into the physical goods world with a pilot test of a service that lets customers order Angry Birds plush toys for delivery to their home address and charge… More

Square lets consumers send cash by text

August 27th, 2014

Payments startup Square has expanded its Square Cash service, which lets US consumers send money to a contact via email, to include support for sending funds via an SMS text message. The update to the… More

One Stop gives mobile vouchers

August 6th, 2014

UK convenience store chain One Stop is introducing Eagle Eye’s AIR technology in all of its 700-plus stores to issue real-time, personalised offers to customers via SMS and email that can be redeemed in-store on a mobile device. “The SMS or email that they receive will come with a barcode which can be scanned at till,” Eagle Eye told NFC World+.

Square adds actions to POS transactions

July 25th, 2014

“Square Register’s sales, refund and settlement data can now all be used as triggers for IFTTT recipes,” GigaOm reports. “If an employee makes a big sale, IFTTT could automatically send a congratulatory email or SMS to the salesperson or note the sale in a Google Doc. Or if a store issues a big refund, IFTTT could notify the owner, reminding him or her to follow up with the dissatisfied customer.”

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