Apple Pay goes live in Saudi Arabia and Czech Republic

Apple Pay rolling out in Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia — MacRumors — “In Czech Republic, users have so far reported successfully adding cards to their mobile wallets from Air Bank, Moneta Money Bank, Ceska Sporitelna, and payments company Twisto. .. In Saudi Arabia, Apple’s regional Apple Pay website has gone live and lists Visa and Mastercard support for Al Rajhi Bank, NCB, Mada, Riyad Bank, Alinma Bank, and Bank Aljazira.”


Apple Pay set to go live in Czech Republic and Slovakia?

Apple Pay expected to launch in Czech Republic and Slovakia in late February to early March — MacRumors — “Apple Pay will launch in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in late February to early March, according to Seznam Zprávy and Živé… Czech Republic’s two largest banks Česká Spořitelna and Komerční Banka, along with mBank, Moneta, and Air Bank, will reportedly be among the first financial institutions to offer Apple Pay to customers in the Czech Republic. Equa Bank and Banka Creditas may follow suit within the first half of the year.”










Contactless payments across Europe set to rise nine-fold by 2020

RBR

The volume of contactless payments in Europe is forecast to rise almost nine-fold to 12.2bn in 2020 compared to 2014 and account for 13% of all card payments, according to research released by RBR. The number of contactless cards issued is also expected to treble from 2014 to just short of 700m by 2020 — representing more than 40% of the total regional card base. More



Worapay raises funds

Lithuania-based mobile wallet platform provider Worapay has raised €400,000 in new funding from Israel’s Entree Capital, Verslo Zinios reports... More




Monet+ adds Windows logins via NFC

Telefonica and Monet+

Czech smart card specialist Monet+ and mobile network operator Telefónica have teamed up to create ProID+ Mobile, a solution that enables Android phone users to log in to a computer running Windows using credentials stored on the SIM in their NFC phone... More


Telefonica to trial NFC mPOS device

Ingenico's ISMB mobile POS terminal

Mobile network operator Telefonica is to test a mobile point-of-sale device in the Czech Republic that enables payments to be made by NFC phones and contactless cards as well as standard ‘chip and pin’ cards; a “world first” says the carrier. More



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