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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.”

Clear Channel launches NFC advertising in the US and Canada

July 18th, 2014

Out-of-home advertising giant Clear Channel’s Connect interactive advertising platform is now available in 29 US and Canadian markets. Bluetooth beacons may also be added to the service “when client demand and consumer benefit arise”, the… More

Clover adds customer feedback loop to merchant receipts

June 24th, 2014

An instant customer feedback platform developed by DropThought has been added to POS maker Clover’s app market, enabling customers to interact with merchants via their digital or printed receipt. In the near future, customers will… More

Brixton Pound uses BLE to let residents pay local businesses with their mobiles

June 20th, 2014

Businesses across the London district of Brixton are to be equipped with Bluetooth beacons that will allow residents to make mobile payments using the Brixton Pound, a local currency designed to encourage consumers to spend their money in independent local businesses. More

Walmart turns digital receipts into shopping opportunities

May 27th, 2014

The retail giant is introducing a digital receipt service across its 4,200 US stores, enabling shoppers to store a digital version of their receipt in a mobile app by scanning a QR code on their paper receipt or by entering their mobile number at the point of sale. Customers will then be able to use the receipts to create a shopping list on their device, making the in-store experience “easier and more convenient”. 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

Telstra uses NFC to cut costs and improve customer service for broadband users

May 22nd, 2014

Australian telecommunications provider Telstra is now applying NFC tags to all its broadband modems, enabling customers to access personalised help, information and support recommendations by tapping the tag with their NFC phone. The company’s Telstra… More

US sports venues to get interactive displays

May 19th, 2014

Sports venue display provider Access Sports Media is to use Blue Bite’s mTag platform to add NFC, QR, SMS and geofencing capabilities to its more than 20,000 displays in 200 US sports venues. Access’ network… More

Safaricom reports on merchant adoption of mobile money at the point of sale

May 16th, 2014

Kenyan mobile network operator Safaricom has now signed up 122,000 merchants for Lipa na M-Pesa, a service launched in June 2013 that enables Kenyan consumers to use the funds stored in their M-Pesa mobile money… More

Square uses digital receipts to create conversations between consumers and merchants

May 14th, 2014

Mobile point-of-sale specialist Square has introduced a new service that “turns the receipt into a conversation channel”. Square Feedback “prompts customers to send feedback on their experience directly to the business owner through their digital… More

Elisa offers NFC payment stickers in stores

April 9th, 2014

Finnish carrier Elisa has introduced reloadable NFC payment stickers that are available to purchase from the R-Kioski convenience store chain pre-loaded with €20 of value. The MasterCard-branded stickers work with the carrier’s Elisa Lompakko wallet… More

Clear Channel to take NFC advertising global

March 25th, 2014

Clear Channel Outdoor is to equip 75,000 out-of-home advertising sites in 23 countries around the world with its Connect mobile advertising platform, allowing consumers to interact with brands via NFC tags, QR codes and, in… More

NYC gets NFC ads at bus stops

March 18th, 2014

Bus stops in a number of New York City metro areas have been equipped with Thinaire’s Tapp Store solution, enabling consumers to download Android mobile games via NFC, QR or SMS. “By thinking outside the box, we are turning media spaces into virtual marketplaces and delivering free game apps directly to the consumer at a time of receptivity, interest and perceived need,” says Jacob Katsof, director of mobile apps at Thinaire partner PCS Wireless.

iKaaz takes NFC to Nigeria

February 27th, 2014

Bangalore-based NFC payments provider iKaaz is taking its technology to Nigeria, in partnership with First City Monument Bank. The company, founded by former Nokia Money employees, offers an mPOS device, mobile wallet and NFC stickers that are tied to the customer’s bank account. SMS-based payments are also supported.

Yota adds NFC to its dual display phone

February 24th, 2014

Russian phone maker Yota Devices is to offer a new version of its YotaPhone, a handset that comes with two displays — this time a 5-inch full HD Amoled screen at the front plus a… More

NFC to account for 30% of mobile tickets

February 17th, 2014

More than 34 billion tickets will be delivered to mobile devices over the next five years, according to a new ABI Research forecast, with QR codes making up 48% of the total and NFC accounting… More

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