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    US and UK consumers warm to mobile payments, loyalty and coupons

    July 28th, 2016

    The majority of US and UK consumers (54%) have now used a mobile wallet, research from Urban Airship reveals, with 30% of respondents using them in the past week. More

    Marseille gets SMS payments for on-street parking

    July 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Motorists in Marseille, France, will soon be able to pay for the time spent in a parking bay by sending an SMS when they enter and another one when they leave, charging the payment to their mobile phone bill. More

    Mahindra Comviva wins GTB innovation award

    June 7th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva and mobile network operator Airtel Tanzania have jointly won the Global Telecom Business (GTB) Innovation Award for Airtel Money Tap Tap NFC Payments in the customer service category. “Airtel Money Tap Tap NFC Payments is the first-of-its-kind closed-loop NFC payments service that brings a paradigm shift in mobile money-based merchant payments, which so far were only performed using USSD and SMS,” Mahindra Comviva says. The service is powered by the company’s Mobiquity Money platform.

    Commuters in Helsinki get direct carrier billing for transport ticketing with Gemalto

    June 3rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Finnish commuters travelling on the Helsinki transport network can now use their mobile phone to pay for public transport beyond the central tram and metro systems and have the cost of the ticket charged to their… More

    UK businesses to get payment service via Pingit and Paym

    May 10th, 2016

    UK businesses using digital banking solutions provider Bottomline Technologies’ C-Series payments processing module will soon be able to send payments to recipients using only their mobile phone number through the Barclays’ Pingit mobile app or… More

    Proxama makes the case for digital PIN delivery

    March 24th, 2016

    A white paper that examines the advantages of using new, digital PIN delivery mechanisms to replace traditional PIN mailers is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. More

    Sberbank enables cardless cash withdrawals in Kazakhstan

    March 23rd, 2016

    Customers of Sberbank Kazakhstan can now withdraw cash without a card at any of the 900 Sberbank ATMs across the country that have been integrated with OpenWay’s Way4 Cash technology. “Customers specify the withdrawal amount and a cell phone number via the Sberbank Online system,” OpenWay says. “A two-part code is generated. The customer receives the first part via Sberbank Online and the second part via an SMS message. To withdraw the funds, the customer enters both parts of the code.”

    One in four Norwegians use P2P payments app Vipps

    March 21st, 2016

    A quarter of Norway’s population is now using Vipps, a P2P mobile payment solution launched by financial services group DNB and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in May 2015. “85% of Norwegians know about the P2P payments platform and it is the number one downloaded app in Norway,” TCS says. “Vipps makes mobile payments as simple as sending a text message and is available for use on all mobile devices. Another key feature is that it allows short chat messaging between the users.”

    Pin4 rolls out mobile ATM withdrawals in the US

    February 25th, 2016

    Consumers in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles can now make P2P cash withdrawals using a PIN code sent to their mobile phone at ATMs equipped with technology from Pin4 and ATM network operator Payment Alliance International. “Pin4 sends a text to the money recipient’s phone revealing a secure PIN, which they enter along with a code the sender has provided,” Pin4 says. “Pin4 will continue expansion throughout the year and will have full nationwide access in the fourth quarter of 2016.”

    Payfriendz launches P2P messaging app in the UK

    February 15th, 2016

    UK consumers can now make P2P transfers and pay online using a virtual MasterCard through Payfriendz. “Payfriendz is a social chat and mobile payments app which allows users to easily send, request and receive money from friends and contacts,” says Paysafe, the payments provider for the service. “Once funds have been collected, users can transfer the money to their UK bank account. They can also shop online using a virtual MasterCard card linked to their Payfriendz account.”

    Paym reports 89% increase in use in second half of 2015

    February 9th, 2016

    More than £146m has been sent using peer-to-peer mobile payments platform Paym since its launch in 2014, with 1.46m payments sent in the second half of 2015 compared to 774,628 in its first six months — an increase of 89% — the company has revealed.  More

    Ugo Wallet adds P2P transfers

    February 1st, 2016

    Canadian open NFC mobile wallet provider Ugo has launched a beta version of Ugo Pay, a P2P money transfer feature that has been added to its Ugo Wallet. “Transfers are free and made securely and easily via text message using either a sender’s existing address book or by inputting any Canadian mobile phone number,” Ugo says. The company is also in the process of incorporating host card emulation (HCE) into its service.

    McDonald’s rolls out FreeCharge mobile payments to 216 Indian restaurants

    January 20th, 2016

    McDonald’s customers across West & South India can now pay for their orders in-store using their mobile device. The fast food chain has implemented support for mobile wallet provider FreeCharge in 216 restaurants across 26… More

    Dubai to get payment system based on mobile phone numbers

    January 14th, 2016

    Consumers across Dubai will soon be able to make in-store and online payments using their mobile phone number following an agreement between payment solutions providers Quisk Middle East and Network International. “The next generation solution,… More

    White paper gives insight into mobile ticketing deployments in ten markets

    December 17th, 2015

    A white paper aimed at giving transport operators, transport authorities and ticket distributors greater insight into deploying mobile ticketing technologies and services while both containing costs and improving the passenger experience is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    UnionPay launches HCE mobile payments with Beijing banks

    December 15th, 2015

    Customers of more than 20 commercial banks in Beijing can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using a new service launched by bankcard association UnionPay. “QuickPass offers a new mobile phone service… More

    Google Wallet adds P2P transfers via SMS

    December 11th, 2015

    Google Wallet users will soon be able to send money to anyone in their contact list using just a phone number. “When you send money to a phone number, the recipient will get a text message with a secure link,” Google writes in a blogpost. “They can simply enter their debit card to claim the money and it will be available in their bank account within minutes.” Google relaunched and repositioned Google Wallet as a P2P payment solution in September 2015.

    Norway’s Valyou NFC wallet to shut down due to lack of user adoption

    November 18th, 2015

    The Valyou NFC mobile wallet developed by Norwegian mobile network operator Telenor and banking group DNB is to shut down due to a “much lower than expected end user uptake”. A lack of contactless terminals… More

    Gemalto assesses the mobile payments landscape

    November 12th, 2015

    A 24-page white paper designed to give banks, processors, OEMs, retailers and other issuers a clear overview of the evolving world of mobile payments is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    MasterCard to add biometric security to online transactions in 2016

    October 6th, 2015

    MasterCard has unveiled MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of solutions that make use of biometrics and one-time passwords delivered via SMS to secure online mobile transactions. The service will be available to US financial institutions… More

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