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

    Boon launches in France for Apple Pay users

    January 17th, 2017

    France has become the first eurozone country in which consumers with iOS devices can use Wirecard’s Boon service to make purchases with Apple Pay, by adding a virtual Boon card to the mobile payment service. Boon launched in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium in December 2015. It expanded to Spain and Ireland in the same month, and launched in the UK with Apple Pay support in March 2016. Apple Pay launched in France in July 2016.

    Germany to get nationwide mobile ticketing system

    January 10th, 2017

    The German transport minister has unveiled plans to launch a single ticketing system across “almost all” cities in Germany that will enable commuters to pay with a chip card or mobile phone by 2019. “The goal is that customers of 370 transport companies benefit from the initiative. That would be 75% of the population,” Funke Mediengruppe reports.

    Deutsche Telekom shuts down NFC SIM-based mobile payments service in Germany

    January 6th, 2017

    Deutsche Telekom has discontinued its NFC-based MyWallet mobile payment service in Germany, citing a lack of customer use and doubts over whether a SIM-based solution is going to be adopted as a standard in light… More

    Wirecard adds backing to Pay by Bank

    December 15th, 2016

    German payments technology provider Wirecard has become the latest to announce its support for Pay by Bank, the mobile payments app developed by VocaLink’s Zapp. “Wirecard will bring the power of Pay by Bank app to its mobile payment solution Boon,” Wirecard says, adding it “will incorporate the Pay by Bank app into its UK online merchant acquiring suite of alternative payment options.” UK bank Barclays will be the first to make Pay by Bank available to consumers following beta tests.

    German MNO begins SIM-based NFC mobile payments pilot

    December 8th, 2016

    Vodafone Germany customers are testing NFC mobile payments using their Girocard — the most common debit card in the country — through Vodafone Wallet. The pilot began at the beginning of December and will run… More

    Wirecard to integrate insurance into Boon

    December 5th, 2016

    German payments technology provider Wirecard is to integrate insurance solutions from Credit Life International into its Boon host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments app. “Soon, purchases made by users via the mobile app can also be insured at the touch of a button during the checkout process,” Wirecard says. Boon launched in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria in December 2015. It expanded to Spain and Ireland in the same month, and launched in the UK with Apple Pay support in March 2016.

    Seqr launches P2P payments in 14 European countries

    November 15th, 2016

    Swedish mobile payments specialist SeamlessSeqr mobile payment platform has launched a P2P money transfer service that enables users to instantly transfer money to each other “regardless of where they are in the world”, the company says. The service is being rolled out to 14 countries across Europe: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

    PayPal launches Siri payment requests in 30 countries

    November 10th, 2016

    PayPal has enabled money transfers via Apple’s Siri voice command function, enabling users with iOS10 devices to make payments by speaking requests. The function will be available in 30 countries. “PayPal users can now send… More

    French department store offers Alipay mobile payments

    November 9th, 2016

    French department store Printemps has partnered with financial services company Wirecard to accept mobile payments from customers using Alipay, the first in France to support the Chinese-based payments solution. Printemps aims to target Chinese tourists… More

    European millennials demand higher standards for mobile payments services

    November 8th, 2016

    One fifth of German millennials (21%), more than a third of Dutch millennials (36%) and Italian millennials (37%) and a quarter of UK millennials (25%) are now making mobile payments in-store, online and in-app, research… More

    Apple Pay arriving in Germany?

    October 21st, 2016

    Apple Pay is about to launch in Germany, if a series of hints on the Apple website is confirmed. A recently edited article, spotted by a Reddit user, contained an image of Germany in a global coverage map dated October 10, which was updated with the country removed a week later. An apple.com/de/apple-pay URL, which is currently inactive, has also been spotted in search results.

    Study shows growing European appetite for mobile payments

    October 12th, 2016

    Some 54% of European consumers are using a mobile device to make payments for a range of activities in-store, in-app and online, compared to 18% at this time last year, Visa’s 2016 Digital Payments Study… More

    Google unveils VR headset that pairs with NFC

    October 5th, 2016

    Google has launched a virtual reality headset that works in conjunction with smartphones supporting its Daydream mobile VR platform and uses NFC to connect the devices. The first smartphones to support the new Daydream View… More

    Mastercard brings biometric authentication to 12 European countries

    October 4th, 2016

    European consumers can now validate online purchases with their fingerprint or face using Mastercard’s biometric authentication service. Identity Check Mobile is now being rolled out across 12 markets: the UK, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,… More

    Visa reveals growing Euro interest in biometric authentication

    September 19th, 2016

    More than three in five European consumers (62%) believe using biometric forms of payment authentication will be faster and easier than passwords and PINs, research by Visa reveals, with 42% believing that the procedure could completely… More

    Mobile-only bank goes live in Germany

    July 26th, 2016

    Mobile network operator Telefónica Deutschland has launched a mobile-only bank in partnership with Fidor Bank in Germany. The service will allow peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions to be made using mobile phone numbers and will come with a Mastercard debit card for in-store and ATM transactions. More

    Seqr adds four more countries

    July 6th, 2016

    Swedish mobile payment specialist Seamless has launched its Seqr mobile payment platform in Austria, Ireland, Malta and Luxembourg. “The company’s rapid expansion means that consumers can now use Seqr to make payments in 16 countries,” the company says. Seqr is already available in Sweden, Finland, Romania, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the UK and the US.

    Worldline to support Alipay in Germany

    July 4th, 2016

    Payment processor Worldline is adding support for Alipay mobile payments in Germany. “The partnership allows Chinese tourists on trips to Germany to pay conveniently with their Alipay app at authorised retailers,” Worldline says. “The current pilot phases will be completed in July of this year and after that it will go live. The next step will extend the service to other countries.” Alipay partnered with payment provider Concardis to launch the service in Germany last month, marking its European debut after the company unveiled its expansion plans at Money20/20 Europe in April 2016.

    Vodafone Italia adds NFC mobile payments with PayPal

    June 27th, 2016

    Customers of Vodafone Italia can now make NFC mobile payments through PayPal using the mobile network operator’s Vodafone Wallet. The service will allow for in-store payments at any Visa contactless terminal across the country. More

    Alipay negotiating for stake in Wirecard

    June 27th, 2016

    Alipay is in negotiations to take a 25% stake in German payments technology provider Wirecard, according to German newspaper Bild. “At the talks, it comes to a share of up to 25%,” the publication reports. “Later, it could well be more.” Wirecard began rolling out support for Alipay mobile payments across Europe in December 2015 and worked with Alipay to add support for the service across Munich Airport earlier this month.

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