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    Mobile marketplace offers African farmers promise of richer, cashless harvest

    January 17th, 2017

    Thousands of small-scale farmers across East Africa will soon be using their feature phones to buy, sell and receive payments for their goods through a mobile app and SMS service developed by Mastercard. The payments… More

    US bank backs top five mobile payment services

    January 17th, 2017

    US bank Fifth Third has announced it will support the five major mobile payment services — Android Pay, Apple Pay, Masterpass, Microsoft Wallet and Samsung Pay. “Consumers are rapidly adopting mobile payments and we are providing our customers with every option available,” says Jimm Bell from Fifth Third. The bank has witnessed a 133% increase in mobile payments among its customers since it added Apple Pay support in 2015.

    Mastercard sizes up data sharing

    January 13th, 2017

    A patent filed by Mastercard shows how it could use data from purchase histories to infer information about the cardholder that could be used, subject to privacy controls, to let merchants tailor pricing of products and services to the individual. The patent uses the concept of charging heavier passengers more to travel on transportation services, but Mastercard says it “may also be applicable to any context that requires the knowledge of the account holder’s physical size”.

    PayPal extends NFC payments with Discover

    January 12th, 2017

    US consumers will be able to make NFC mobile payments using PayPal at the point of sale wherever Discover is accepted, and use their Discover Cashback Bonus to pay at online and mobile merchants that accept PayPal. “The agreement provides PayPal with access to Discover’s tokenization services,” PayPal says. PayPal extended its support for NFC mobile payments through a deal with Visa in July 2016 and partnership with Mastercard in September.

    Dejamobile joins the NFC World partner program

    January 9th, 2017

    NFC World today welcomes mobile payments solution provider Dejamobile as a member of our partner program. Founded in 2012 by technical experts who pioneered NFC payments at Orange Labs, Dejamobile specialises in the provision of… More

    Mastercard ‘selfie pay’ biometric service heads to Singapore

    January 5th, 2017

    Mastercard is preparing to launch its ‘selfie pay’ biometric Identity Check Mobile service in Singapore this year, according to The Business Times. “No specific date has been set for the launch,” the publication reports. Identity Check Mobile, which allows cardholders to authenticate online payments by scanning their fingerprint or by taking a selfie, rolled out to Latin America in December 2016. It became available to US financial institutions in 2016, with a global expansion expected during 2017.

    ST creates reference design to simplify wearable payment deployments

    January 5th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: A new reference design from STMicroelectronics (ST) will make it easier for wearable manufacturers to develop and deploy integrated tokenized payment services that meet Mastercard and Visa requirements. The company has built the… More

    Singapore bank offers Apple Pay cashback reward

    January 4th, 2017

    Customers of Singapore bank POSB are being given S$8 (US$5.54) cashback when using Apple Pay to pay for purchases at major supermarkets, including NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage, Giant and Sheng Siong. The offer is valid for POSB/DBS Mastercard cardmembers with a minimum spend of S$80 (US$55.51) per transaction. The offer will run until 11 February 2017 with cashback credited within 60 days following the end of the promotion period.

    Samsung lets smart fridge owners use voice commands to order groceries

    January 4th, 2017

    US consumers will soon be able to use their voice to order groceries directly from their fridge with the latest edition of Samsung’s smart connected fridge platform and an updated version of the Groceries by… More

    Malaysia bank launches HCE mobile payments

    December 21st, 2016

    Customers of Malaysia’s CIMB Bank can make host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments using CIMB Pay — a new service that supports Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards. “It is also a comprehensive lifestyle app where you can search, discover and receive the latest, nearest and attractive deals that CIMB cards have to offer,” the bank says.

    Contactless ticketing for Bucharest subway

    December 20th, 2016

    Romanian bank BCR is installing a contactless ticketing system across the Bucharest subway, in partnership with transport operator Metrorex, Mastercard and Visa. “BCR has developed an integrated solution that enables any contactless bank card, issued anywhere in the world, to pay for a journey,” BCR says. The service is being installed in all metro stations in the capital, with 164 access gates completed before the end of 2016.

    Apple Pay offer for Moscow rail passengers

    December 20th, 2016

    Passengers using the Moscow Central Ring rail line can now pay for journeys using Apple Pay at ticket offices, ticket machines and through turnstiles. Free travel is offered for users of the mobile payments service every Monday throughout December 2016. “I’m sure that thanks to Apple Pay the number of passengers using innovative payment services will increase significantly,” says deputy mayor Maxim Liksutov. Apple Pay launched in Russia in October 2016, supported by Mastercard and Sberbank.

    Paypal partners with US bank and fintech provider

    December 16th, 2016

    Paypal has announced new partnerships with US bank Citi and financial technology services provider Fidelity National Information Services (FIS). The deal with Citi will see Citi cardholders able to use their card through PayPal at the point of sale, where Visa or Mastercard contactless payments are accepted. PayPal adds working with FIS would allow them to “provide a more seamless way for their thousands of bank issuers to drive more digital spend with their customers through PayPal accounts”.

    Visa and Mastercard tokenization deal will ‘simplify and secure payment experience’

    December 16th, 2016

    The tokenization agreement signed yesterday by Visa and Mastercard will help to address the “lack of comprehensive tokenization across brands”, a key merchant barrier to adopting the technology, Visa’s VP of digital products Vish Shastry… More

    Mastercard and Visa sign tokenization agreement

    December 15th, 2016

    Mastercard and Visa have signed a tokenization agreement that will allow Mastercard to request tokenized Visa credentials from Visa for provisioning into Masterpass and Visa to request tokenized Mastercard payment credentials from Mastercard for provisioning into Visa Checkout. The agreement will “accelerate the adoption of tokens” across both digital payment platforms, says Mastercard’s James Anderson.

    Spanish bank offers 5% Apple Pay discount

    December 14th, 2016

    Banco Santander in Spain is offering customers a 5% discount on items bought using Apple Pay until 15 January 2017. The offer applies to all transactions made under €500 (US$531), with the total amount discounted credited to customer accounts between 1 and 15 March. The bank’s customers have been able to register Mastercard debit or credit cards to Apple Pay since the mobile payment service launched in Spain earlier this month.

    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.

    Lessons learned from implementing HCE for cloud-based NFC mobile payments — See the webinar now on NFC World

    December 8th, 2016

    NFC World’s ‘Case study: Lessons learned from implementing HCE for cloud-based NFC mobile payments’ webinar is now available to view online. 245 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave… More

    Take part in our ‘Lessons learned from implementing HCE’ webinar today

    December 8th, 2016

    Join NFC World, Proxama and South Africa-based payment processor Tutuka at 3pm GMT today to get real-world insight into the practical issues faced and lessons learned when deploying a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service, using Visa and Mastercard’s cloud-based payment standards. You can find out more and sign up to join us here.

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