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    News about the NFC market in Australia — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    Samsung Pay goes live in Malaysia

    February 24th, 2017

    Samsung Pay has begun rolling out in Malaysia with support from CIMB, Citibank and Standard Chartered, with Hong Leong Bank coming soon. The banks join existing support for the mobile payment service from Maybank, Mastercard… More

    ING Direct and Macquarie support Apple Pay in Australia

    February 21st, 2017

    ING Direct and Macquarie Bank are now rolling out support for Apple Pay in Australia, with 47 financial institutions now supporting the mobile payments service in the country. Four of Australia’s largest banks continue to delay offering support for Apple Pay and are pursuing their fight to gain access to the NFC technology within iPhone handsets.

    Australian banks drop Apple Pay fee request to focus on iPhone NFC access

    February 13th, 2017

    The group of Australian banks arguing for the right to collectively negotiate with Apple over the introduction of Apple Pay in the country have dropped their request to jointly arrange how to “pass-through” additional fees… More

    Australia’s retailers join the banks in their battle with Apple Pay

    February 10th, 2017

    The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has come out in support of the group of four Australian banks seeking stronger negotiation powers with Apple over the introduction of Apple Pay in the country, saying they believe… More

    Apple Pay boss claims Australians will be ‘happy to switch banks’ for the mobile payments service

    February 10th, 2017

    Apple Pay boss Jennifer Bailey says she believes Australians will be “happy to switch banks” in order to use Apple Pay, while the group of four Australian banks wanting the ability to collectively negotiate with… More

    ING Direct and Macquarie Bank to add Apple Pay in Australia

    February 10th, 2017

    ING Direct and Macquarie Bank have become the latest banks to sign up to support Apple Pay in Australia. According to the Apple Pay website, support from the banks is “coming soon” and will take the total number of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the country to 47. Four of Australia’s largest banks continue to hold out, however, and are continuing their fight with Apple for the right to collectively negotiate with third-party mobile wallet providers

    PayPal launches Slack payments bot

    February 8th, 2017

    PayPal customers in the US, UK, Australia and Canada can now send money to each other using a PayPal bot on team messaging service Slack. “Install the PayPal bot available on the Slack App Directory,” PayPal says. “Once installed, link your PayPal account and set your preferred transaction settings — sending money from your PayPal account to a friend is as easy as typing ‘/PayPal send $5 to @Dave’.”

    Apple accuses Australian banks of Apple Pay transaction fee ‘trojan horse’

    February 6th, 2017

    Australian banks are using fees on Apple Pay transactions as a “trojan horse” to discourage the use of its mobile payments service and to condition consumers to accept transaction fees with the “longer term view… More

    Apple Pay in Australia ‘will encourage credit card competition’

    February 3rd, 2017

    Apple Pay could encourage competition between banks on credit cards in Australia, prompting more promotions and discounts, according to Apple’s latest submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In the latest round of its fight with the country’s big four banks, Apple also says Apple Pay would allow small banks to better compete in the market because they have “less resources to develop their own digital wallets,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    Australian festival goers trial contactless sunglasses for payments

    February 3rd, 2017

    Festival goers at the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival taking place across five Australian cities are trialling prototype sunglasses that let them make contactless payments by tapping them against a contactless POS terminal. The WaveShades have… More

    Australian government pushes for biometrics to replace passports at airports

    January 25th, 2017

    International travellers arriving at Australian airports may soon be able to pass through immigration and customs using biometric recognition without having to show their passports. “Passengers will be processed by biometric recognition of the face, iris and/or fingerprints matched to existing data,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Australian government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection is now seeking a service provider to implement the “seamless traveller” system, which it hopes will process 90% of travellers automatically by 2020.

    Australian bank offers instant digital card replacement

    January 13th, 2017

    Customers of Australian bank ANZ who report their card as lost or stolen will be issued with a replacement card instantly through Apple Pay or Android Pay. “Now our customers can keep using their digital wallet to make purchases while they wait for the new physical card to arrive in the mail,” says ANZ’s Katherine Bray. ANZ began support for Apple Pay in April 2016 and for Android Pay three months later.

    Volkswagen targets mobile payments business with parking service deal

    January 3rd, 2017

    Volkswagen Financial Services AG, the financial services division of German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen Group, has bought mobile payment platform PayByPhone to “highly increase” its involvement in mobile payments around the world and to establish a… More

    Contactless ticket trial for Sydney public transport

    December 20th, 2016

    Cubic Transportation Systems says it is working with Transport for New South Wales to trial contactless ticketing across Sydney’s public transport network in 2017, allowing “commuters of participating payment schemes to tap their contactless bank card on Opal readers to pay for travel”. The trial follows Cubic’s licensing agreement with Transport for London in July 2016 to take the network’s contactless ticketing system to other major cities.

    Android Pay launches in Japan with prepaid card provider

    December 13th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payments platform in Japan in collaboration with prepaid card provider Rakuten Edy, allowing consumers to make payments with their compatible devices at more than 470,000 locations accepting Rakuten… More

    Australian bank offers Android Pay

    December 12th, 2016

    Customers of Australian bank Westpac can now make mobile payments through Android Pay using their Mastercard debit and credit cards. The service is available for those with select Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Motorola, Huawei and Pixel smartphones. Android Pay launched in Australia with support from 27 financial institutions in July 2016. Westpac forms part of the group of Australian banks seeking stronger negotiation powers over the entry of third party mobile wallets in the country.

    Alipay comes to more Australian stores

    December 8th, 2016

    Australian merchants using Quest Payment Systems payment terminals can integrate support for Alipay mobile payments following a software update. “Quest has enabled Alipay at select stores within The Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist groups, with full rollout planned for early 2017,” Quest says. Alipay struck a deal with Commonwealth Bank of Australia to enable Alipay payments for Chinese tourists in October 2016 and has partnered with European banks and payment processors to expand across Europe.

    Australian bank reveals NFC payments sticker use

    December 8th, 2016

    Some 400,000 Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) customers have registered to use the bank’s NFC payments sticker, making 600,000 monthly payments, The Sydney Morning Herald says. CBA is one of four Australian banks battling Apple for greater control over negotiations with third-party mobile wallets. The bank says many customers are yet to embrace using their phone as a digital wallet, but it is also “prepared to surrender revenue in a deal with Apple”.

    Apple Pay adds US and Australian banks

    December 8th, 2016

    More than 30 banks and credit unions in the US have added their support for Apple Pay, as well as five more in Australia. The additions in the US mean more than 1,600 financial institutions support the mobile payments service across the country, 9to5mac reports. Some 35% of US retailers now support Apple Pay, its chief Jennifer Bailey revealed at the Re/code Code Commerce event this week.

    ANZ could offer mortgages through Apple Pay

    December 2nd, 2016

    Australian bank ANZ has announced it is working with Apple to deliver a wider range of financial products, including mortgages, through Apple Pay, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. “What we’re seeing is a much higher propensity for people who’ve come to us with an Apple Pay solution to then go on and expand that relationship with us,” bank chief Shayne Elliott says. The news comes a day after other Australian banks suffered a setback over their long-running demands for access to the NFC technology within iPhones.

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