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    UK Vodafone customers get NFC payments through PayPal

    October 10th, 2016

    Vodafone customers in the UK can now make NFC mobile payments through PayPal using Vodafone Wallet at any contactless terminal as well as across the Transport for London (TfL) network and on National Rail services… More

    Android Pay preps new features

    June 23rd, 2016

    Android Pay is set to launch streamlined loyalty programme signups, Transport for London (TfL) ticket purchase integration and a function that allows users to discover which nearby stores accept the mobile payment service, a code analysis of the latest version of the mobile app by Android Police has revealed. “Loyalty cards are already supported in Android Pay but only for existing accounts,” the publication says. “This addition will make it possible to create new accounts immediately from within the app.”

    Barclays completes HCE payments launch

    June 22nd, 2016

    Barclays has completed the rollout of its Contactless Mobile host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service across the UK, the bank has confirmed to NFC World. The feature allows customers with compatible Android phones… More

    Google to launch Android Pay in the UK in the “next few months”

    March 23rd, 2016

    Google has announced that it is to launch its Android Pay mobile payment service in the UK within the “next few months.” The service will launch with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight UK financial institutions. Barclays, one of the UK’s “big four” banks and an NFC mobile payments pioneer, is a notable absence from the list. More

    ‘Contactless’ shortlisted for UK word of the year

    November 5th, 2015

    ‘Contactless’ has made the shortlist for the 2015 Collins Word of the Year but missed out on the top spot to the word ‘Binge-watch’. “Thanks to a million adverts from TFL telling us we no longer have to top-up and Apple’s iPhone 6 and smartwatch, it’s been the number one word on billboards, bus stops and most importantly, at the Pret-a-Manger till point,” Collins Dictionary explains.

    UK contactless spending up 150% in last 12 months

    August 27th, 2015

    The amount that UK consumers are spending using contactless has risen 150% in the last 12 months, with the number of transactions up 134%, research from Barclaycard has revealed.  Meanwhile, almost six in 10 shoppers… More

    One in ten UK consumers experience Apple Pay issues

    July 21st, 2015

    One in ten UK consumers using Apple Pay experienced issues when using the contactless payment service during its first week, research from social media company Brandwatch reveals. The findings, based on analysis of more than 26,000 tweets, also reveal the most popular use for the mobile payments service so far is paying on Transport for London’s (TfL) transportation network, followed by making purchases at Pret a Manger, Tesco, Waitrose and Boots.

    Transport for London warns of Apple Pay risks

    July 17th, 2015

    Transport for London (TfL) has warned commuters of potential risks when using Apple Pay to pay for journeys on the city’s public transport network, including a flat battery that could result in penalty fares and the possibility of being charged twice if they carry both an iPhone and Apple Watch. The notice comes in the week Apple Pay launched in the UK. Meanwhile, London Evening Standard reports that passengers using contactless bank cards were penalised by almost £8m in eight months “after failing to touch out at ticket barriers”.

    Apple Pay goes live across the UK

    July 14th, 2015

    Apple Pay is now live across the UK, enabling consumers with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch devices to make NFC mobile payments at more than 250,000 locations and across the Transport for… More

    Europeans make more than 1bn Visa contactless transactions in 12 months

    July 6th, 2015

    More than one billion contactless transactions worth in excess of €12.6bn have been made by Visa cardholders across Europe in the past 12 months, research from Visa Europe has found, with its customers spending €1.6bn… More

    London buses get on board beacon rollout

    July 1st, 2015

    Five hundred London buses have been equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to send targeted messages to commuters, as part of out-of-home media owner Exterion Media’s beacon rollout across “major cities” in the UK in partnership with mobile marketing and NFC specialist Proxama. The move follows a successful pilot conducted on buses in Norwich last year.

    Contactless plan for London taxis

    June 19th, 2015

    A proposal from Transport for London (TfL) explores whether contactless payments “with cards and other payment methods” should be accepted in all taxis across the city. “Millions of customers use this option every day across the capital and by offering a contactless service, the taxi trade could open itself to a vast new market,” TfL says. It recorded more than 100m contactless journeys across London transport in June.

    Apple Pay adds loyalty cards and expands to UK

    June 8th, 2015

    Apple Pay will be available in the UK from July 2015, vice president of Apple Pay business Jennifer Bailey has announced at the iPhone maker’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Users of the mobile payments service will also be able to add store credit, debit and loyalty cards to their Apple mobile wallet from “this fall”. More

    TfL clocks up 100m contactless payment journeys

    June 5th, 2015

    Transport for London (TfL) is now processing 1.2m open loop contactless payment transactions every day and is seeing 18,000 new contactless payment cards on a daily basis, with a total of 4m now in use. “We have reached over 100m contactless journeys since it launched across transport in London in September 2014,” the transport operator confirmed to NFC World, up from a total of 12m contactless journeys as of November last year.

    TfL tests guide beacons for the blind

    March 9th, 2015

    Transport for London (TfL) is testing the use of Bluetooth beacons that work with a mobile app to provide guidance to visually impaired passengers travelling on the London Underground. “Currently most have to rely on friends to help them get used to familiar routes or phone ahead to request assistance from London Underground staff,” the BBC reports. “Many do not feel confident about using the whole network.”

    Contactless card payments treble in Britain in 2014

    February 6th, 2015

    Ten contactless transactions took place in the UK every second in 2014, The UK Cards Association has revealed, and total spending on contactless cards more than trebled to reach a record £2.32bn. In total, 319.2m… More

    Contactless donations expand in London

    December 2nd, 2014

    Caffe Nero and Leon Restaurants have become the first UK retailers to join Penny for London, a service first introduced on the Transport for London (TfL) network that automatically collects small charitable donations when participating consumers use their contactless cards to pay. “It is fantastic that two of Britain’s much-loved retailers have committed to sign up for Penny for London and I hope many more will follow their lead,” says mayor Boris Johnson.

    TfL reports 12m contactless payments

    November 17th, 2014

    More than 12m public transport journeys have been made using contactless payment cards and devices since Transport for London (TfL) launched the service in September, and contactless already represents close to 8% of all pay-as-you-go journeys on the network, TfL says. One million journeys were paid for with a contactless card in the ten days after launch.

    Charity picks up contactless pennies

    October 31st, 2014

    The Mayor’s Fund for London has launched Penny for London, a service that automatically collects small charitable donations when commuters use their contactless cards to pay for journeys on the Transport for London (TfL) network. “Users can decide how much they want to give, from one penny to 10 pence,” partner Barclaycard says. “They can keep track of their giving on the Penny for London website and amend or cap their donation preferences whenever they like.”

    TfL reports rapid adoption of contactless payments on London transport

    September 26th, 2014

    More than one million journeys have been paid for using a contactless payment card since Transport for London (TfL) began accepting the cards on the underground and commuter rail services on 16 September. “Contactless payments… More

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