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    Citrus Pay raises $25m

    October 19th, 2015

    Indian payment services provider Citrus Pay has raised approximately US$25m from a consortium of new and existing investors. “The latest round, which closed almost a month ago, values the company around $90m to $100m,” India’s Economic Times reports. Citrus Pay announced a partnership with gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver to enable in-store mobile payments using gift cards and vouchers last month.

    Citrus Pay enables in-store mobile payments via gift cards

    September 28th, 2015

    Indian payment services provider Citrus Pay has announced a partnership with gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver to enable its 17m users to make in-store mobile payments using a gift card or voucher generated in Qwikcilver’s… More

    SmarTone unveils Kiss mobile marketing platform with NFC payments and Bluetooth beacons

    August 7th, 2015

    Hong Kong mobile network operator SmarTone has unveiled Kissco, an end-to-end mobile marketing platform incorporating Kiss Pay, a mobile payments service based on NFC and ultrasound technology, a Kiss Dollars loyalty program and Kiss Beacons… More

    The Bancorp to offer HCE prepaid cards to European issuers

    June 10th, 2015

    Financial products and services provider The Bancorp will offer open loop mobile prepaid cards that make use of host card emulation (HCE) to its European issuers in the fourth quarter of this year, through a… 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

    Finnish banks add HCE payments to Pivo mobile wallet

    March 16th, 2015

    Finland’s largest financial services group is to add support for HCE payments to the mobile wallet app it introduced two years ago. OP’s Pivo wallet has been downloaded more than 500,000 times and allows customers… More

    NFC shopping service goes live in Paris supermarket

    March 12th, 2015

    French supermarket chain Intermarché has introduced an NFC shopping service at its Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris store, enabling customers to add products to a digital shopping basket and receive personalised discount vouchers with a tap of their… More

    Rabobank launches embedded NFC payments service

    February 16th, 2015

    Customers of Dutch financial institution Rabobank with a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 can now use a mobile wallet app that works with the secure element embedded in their mobile device to make… More

    Wirecard to offer white label HCE wristband

    January 27th, 2015

    The HCE wristband unveiled by technology provider Wirecard earlier this month is to be offered on a white label basis, Joern Leogrande, the company’s EVP of mobile services, has told NFC World+. “Our payment wearable… More

    Edenred pilots NFC payments

    January 15th, 2015

    Meal voucher provider Edenred France is piloting NFC payments with Orange and MasterCard to let users pay for meals with their smartphones in restaurants affiliated to Ticket Restaurant and equipped with a contactless terminal. “We will make this new service available to our clients as soon as possible in view of the progress that mobile payments are making in France,” says Edenred’s Laurent Delmas.

    Glasgow to get NFC bus shelters

    January 14th, 2015

    Glasgow City Council-owned bus shelters around the Scottish city will be fitted with NFC tags and QR codes to allow people to engage with advertisers by accessing interactive content such as vouchers, games and videos using their smartphones. The platform will be rolled out by out-of-home media owner Clear Channel.

    Pivo passes 100,000 active users

    November 5th, 2014

    Finnish mobile wallet Pivo has now been downloaded to 300,000 smartphones and a third of users  — more than 100,000 — are making use of the app every day. Pivo lets consumers track their card transaction details, pay for goods both in-store and online, receive real-time transaction notifications, redeem vouchers and sync with loyalty programmes. The service also forecasts users’ future account balances.

    Taiwanese carriers and transit card provider to launch NFC TSM this year

    July 18th, 2014

    The TSM service for NFC payments being built by a joint venture between five Taiwanese carriers and prepaid card provider Easycard is to go live by the end of 2014, the partners have announced. A… More

    Two thirds of UK smartphone owners open to the idea of mobile wallets

    July 10th, 2014

    Two thirds of UK smartphone owners are open to the idea of using a mobile wallet, according to a survey conducted by Marketing Sciences — but most consumers want to use a mobile wallet to… More

    Nigerian farmers use NFC to access seed and fertilizer subsidies

    July 1st, 2014

    “In some parts of the developed world, NFC can sometimes be a solution looking for a problem but we’ve got plenty of problems here in Africa and it is an ideal solution for quite a few of them,” says mobile money expert Susie Lonie. More

    Mobile payments provider Powa valued at over US$2.6bn

    June 12th, 2014

    Mobile payments provider Powa Technologies has acquired Hong Kong-based MPayMe for US$75m and signed up Taiwan Mobile to offer its PowaTag mobile payments platform. As a result of the MPayMe deal, “Powa’s worth is now… More

    Groupon lets merchants redeem vouchers via BLE

    May 23rd, 2014

    Prepaid voucher provider Groupon has launched an iPad-based point-of-sale terminal that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to let merchants “instantly recognize their Groupon customers as they enter their business, seamlessly redeem Groupons and save time… More

    McDonald’s launches Quick Mac mobile payments in Austria

    May 22nd, 2014

    McDonald’s Austria is rolling out a new mobile ordering and payments service that lets users place their orders on their mobile device and pay using PayPal, a credit card or a stored value Paybox account…. 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

    Vodafone adds support for barcode loyalty and membership cards to NFC wallet

    May 8th, 2014

    Mobile network operator Vodafone is expanding the functionality of its mobile wallet beyond NFC with a deal to add Austria-based Bluesource’s Mobile-Pocket technology to the service, enabling customers to store hundreds of loyalty, membership, transit and promotional cards in their Vodafone wallet by simply scanning them in using the camera on their smartphone. More

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