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    27 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 April 2017, 13:00

    Samsung Pay launches in Sweden and the UAE, enters early access in Hong Kong and Switzerland

    Samsung Pay has expanded to four additional markets with official launches in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and early access launches in Hong Kong and Switzerland. The service has also been made available on Samsung’s Gear S3 smartwatch in Russia, Sweden and the UAE in addition to its availability on the Gear S3 in the US, Singapore and Australia.

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    27 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 April 2017, 11:53

    bPay contactless wearables enable automatic donations to UK charities

    A new range of wearable devices equipped with Barclaycard’s bPay contactless technology will enable UK consumers to automatically donate the small change from any contactless payment they make using the device to charities of their choice.

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    27 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 April 2017, 10:46

    UK restaurant chains test digital mobile banking receipts tied to customer purchases

    Restaurant chains Eat and Bel-Air are piloting a service in their London locations that delivers real-time receipts to a customer’s mobile banking app by linking to the purchases they make using their bank cards at the retailer’s point-of-sale terminal. The service is also being trialled by UK challenger bank Monzo.

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    26 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 26 April 2017, 11:06

    WeChat Pay and offline mobile payments see “incredibly high” uptake in China

    Nine in ten Chinese mobile internet users (92%) choose mobile payment apps such as WeChat Pay as their primary offline payment method today, research released by Tencent Online Media Group’s newly launched research project China Tech Insights reveals, while “smartphone built-in payment tools” such as Apple Pay are currently used by approximately 12%.

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    QR

    25 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 April 2017, 12:00

    Singapore banks add in-store QR code payments to mobile apps

    Customers of Singapore’s DBS Bank and OCBC Bank will soon be able to make in-store mobile payments by scanning a QR code at any point-of-sale terminal belonging to the country’s electronic payments network Nets.

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    25 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 25 April 2017, 09:16

    Mahindra Comviva explores the evolution of digital payments in India

    The most obvious recent change in the payments landscape across India is the significant increase in the number of digital payments taking place in both urban and rural areas as a result of the measures taken by the Indian government to push the cashless initiative to the top of the nation’s agenda, says Mahindra Comviva’s senior vice president and head of mobile financial solutions.

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    NFC

    21 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 21 April 2017, 12:00

    Orange to launch mobile-only bank with NFC payments and AI

    Mobile network operator Orange is to launch a mobile-only bank in France in July this year that will offer customers NFC mobile payments, P2P mobile transfers using SMS and an artificial intelligence-based virtual assistant that will eventually be able to complete tasks including making transfers and putting funds in savings.

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    20 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 April 2017, 11:53

    Six Dutch banks to take Belgium’s Payconiq to the Netherlands

    Six Dutch banks including ABN Amro, ASN Bank, ING, Rabobank, Regiobank and SNS have announced their intention to launch Payconiq in the Netherlands this summer. Payconiq is a common mobile payment platform that lets customers make P2P payments as well as pay in-store and online and has been successfully piloted and launched in Belgium with support from ING, KBC and Belfius banks.

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    Partner news NFC

    20 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 April 2017, 11:19

    NXP and GCL Technologies offer NFC tamper evident closure solution for wine and spirits brands

    PARTNER NEWS: Guala Closures Group, a world leader in security closures, has teamed up with NXP to introduce an NFC-based tamper evident closure solution for the wine and spirits industry that is designed to protect brands, enable advanced anti-counterfeiting and tamper-proofing and enable brand owners to make VIP offers, loyalty rewards and more available to customers through a tap of their NFC mobile device.

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    20 April 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 20 April 2017, 10:27

    Mastercard tests biometric payments card in South Africa

    Employees at Pick n Pay supermarket stores and Absa Bank staff across South Africa have been trialling a biometric card developed by Mastercard that lets them make a payment at any EMV terminal and authenticate the transaction by placing their finger on the embedded sensor. Additional trials are planned over the next few months, with a full roll out expected “later this year”.

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    News in brief

    Guide introduces how Android Pay works

    By Rian Boden • 27 April 2017, 15:22 • Last updated 27 April 2017, 15:22

    PARTNER NEWS: A seven-page guide that explores how Google’s Android Pay mobile payments platform works and why the service is beneficial to both consumers and banks is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. ‘What is Android Pay & how does it work?’ has been produced and sponsored by Rambus and looks at where Android Pay is available today and how it’s positioned for wider deployment and integration throughout 2017.

    Apple marks Earth Day with Apple Pay donations

    By Rian Boden • 26 April 2017, 11:21 • Last updated 26 April 2017, 11:21

    Apple is celebrating Earth Day by donating US$1 to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) whenever a customer makes a purchase in an Apple store using Apple Pay. The promotion will run until April 28. “Note that the donation amount is based on the purchase alone, not how much the purchase is worth,” 9to5mac reports.

    Visa EMV transactions pass 1bn in the US

    By Rian Boden • 25 April 2017, 12:20 • Last updated 25 April 2017, 12:20

    US consumers made more than one billion Visa chip transactions for the first time in March 2017, an increase of 330% compared to a year previous. “The number of chip-enabled merchant locations in the country reached two million, representing 44% of stores that accept Visa,” Visa says. There are now more than 421m Visa chip cards across the US, representing 58% of all Visa cards.

    US Bank ties credit card points to mobile payments

    By Rian Boden • 25 April 2017, 09:49 • Last updated 25 April 2017, 09:50

    Customers of US Bank will be offered a high-end credit card from 1 May 2017 that will award them triple points per dollar spent through a mobile payment made using Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay or Microsoft Wallet. The US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card has been designed to “put the decision-making in the hands of the consumer,” American Banker reports the bank’s John Steward as saying. Rather than earning points at restaurants, “a customer might choose to earn them at a bike shop they often visit”.

    Amazon gets approval for digital wallet in India

    By Rian Boden • 24 April 2017, 11:30 • Last updated 24 April 2017, 11:30

    Amazon India has been granted a payment license by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to operate its own prepaid wallet in the country. “This will allow us to help customers adopt digital payments at scale and thereby contribute towards making India a less cash economy,” the company’s Sriram Jagannathan told The Indian Express. The move follows the launch of Amazon Pay Balance in India in December 2016.

    Bank of Korea signs up retailers for coinless society trial

    By Rian Boden • 20 April 2017, 12:08 • Last updated 20 April 2017, 12:08

    The Bank of Korea (BOK) has signed up retailers including CU, 7-Eleven, E-Mart, Lotte Mart and Lotte Department Store to begin trialling a service that will give customers change in the form of a top-up to a prepaid card. “Cha Hyeon-jin, an official handling the issue at the BOK, said no decision has been made yet on whether the pilot project could eventually lead to a cashless society, but he predicted that there is a good chance that such a development may be possible down the road,” Korea Times reports.

    Kiwi millennials want biometrics for payments

    By Rian Boden • 19 April 2017, 10:39 • Last updated 19 April 2017, 10:39

    Some 62% of New Zealand’s millennials would like to use a fingerprint or retina scan to make payments, viewing biometrics as “secure and convenient and having the cool factor”, research released by Visa reveals. “61% say they already use their smartphone to pay for everyday items,” the payment network adds.

    Zelle processed 170m P2P payments in 2016

    By Rian Boden • 19 April 2017, 10:17 • Last updated 19 April 2017, 10:17

    Banks offering Early Warning’s Zelle P2P payments platform processed more than 170m P2P payments in 2016, totalling US$55bn in aggregate transaction value. The network now includes 20 banks and credit unions and is “poised to reach an estimated 85m consumers in the US through the mobile banking apps of its participating institutions,” Early Warning says. The Zelle brand was unveiled in October last year and has been built on the foundation of the ClearXChange network.

    Meet NFC World partners at Seamless Asia

    By Rian Boden • 19 April 2017, 09:32 • Last updated 19 April 2017, 09:32

    PARTNER NEWS: Antelop Solutions and Rambus will be exhibiting at the Seamless Asia expo in Singapore from 19 to 20 April. Antelop can be found in booth J18 where the company will be showcasing its Mastercard and Visa certified host card emulation (HCE) solution for banks. Rambus will be exhibiting at booth J10 and will be hosting a live demonstration of its Unified Payments Platform for retailers. NXP will also be present at the event as a workshop sponsor.

    PayPal heads in-store with Android Pay and Wells Fargo

    By Rian Boden • 18 April 2017, 14:22 • Last updated 18 April 2017, 14:22

    Android Pay users across the US will soon be able to make in-store, in-app and online payments using their PayPal account. “People in the US can simply link their PayPal account to use with Android Pay,” Google’s Pali Bhat writes in a blog post. PayPal has also announced a partnership with Wells Fargo that will enable the bank’s customers to add their debit and credit cards to PayPal for in-store NFC mobile payments.

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    April 27th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. Guide introduces how Android Pay works
    2. Samsung Pay launches in Sweden and the UAE, enters early access in Hong Kong and Switzerland
    3. bPay contactless wearables enable automatic donations to UK charities
    4. UK restaurant chains test digital mobile banking receipts tied to customer purchases
    5. Apple marks Earth Day with Apple Pay donations
    6. WeChat Pay and offline mobile payments see “incredibly high” uptake in China
    7. Visa EMV transactions pass 1bn in the US
    8. Singapore banks add in-store QR code payments to mobile apps
    9. US Bank ties credit card points to mobile payments
    10. Mahindra Comviva explores the evolution of digital payments in India
    11. Amazon gets approval for digital wallet in India
    12. Orange to launch mobile-only bank with NFC payments and AI
     
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