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    Starbucks to add gift cards to iMessage as Mobile Order & Pay grows

    March 24th, 2017

    Starbucks customers across the US will soon be able to purchase gift cards using Apple Pay and send them to friends and family within Apple’s iMessage platform. The move comes as the coffee giant reveals it now has approximately nine million mobile paying customers with one in three using Mobile Order & Pay, which accounted for 8% of all transactions made across US stores last month. More

    Esso customers get mobile payments and rewards at 1,000 Canadian gas stations

    March 23rd, 2017

    Motorists across Canada can now pay for fuel and car washes as well as accumulate loyalty rewards using a mobile payment service that is being rolled out by fuel retailer Imperial Oil to 1,000 Esso-branded gas stations nationwide. More

    Gmail offers Android app money transfer

    March 15th, 2017

    Gmail users in the US can now send and receive money through the email service’s Android mobile app. “Just tap on the attachment icon and choose whether you want to send or request money,” Google says. “Recipients are able to receive or request money right from the email itself — without having to install another payment app.” The service is already available in the US and UK in Gmail’s web-based client.

    BMO Harris Bank adds P2P mobile payments

    January 26th, 2017

    Customers of BMO Harris Bank in the US can now send and receive money through People Pay, a mobile P2P payments service added to its mobile banking app. “Recipients are not required to bank with BMO Harris Bank, and they are notified via email once the payment has been sent so they can quickly claim the money,” the bank says.

    UK consumers spend £36 every month using mobile payments, study finds

    November 1st, 2016

    British consumers are spending an average of £36.76 (US$44.95) of their monthly disposable income through mobile payments, equating to £1.46bn (US$1.78bn) spent using mobile devices in the UK every month, research released by VoucherCodes reveals…. More

    Boku and Verteda take carrier billing to UK venues

    June 2nd, 2016

    UK consumers can now pay for food and drinks at sports and entertainment venues serviced by IT solutions provider Verteda and charge their purchases to their mobile phone bill. The company has integrated the service into its Qjacker mobile payments app through direct carrier billing provider Boku. More

    ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at the pump

    March 9th, 2016

    Motorists across the US can now pay for their fuel at the pump at more than 6,000 ExxonMobil gas stations using Apple Pay and the fuel retailer’s Speedpass+ mobile payment app. The oil and gas company plans to expand the app’s availability to more than 8,000 locations by mid-year. More

    PayPal adds buy buttons

    February 15th, 2016

    PayPal has unveiled a new platform that enables merchants and partners to embed buy buttons in emails, social shares, blogs, articles, ads and apps through a set of APIs. “The PayPal Commerce tools, which are currently in beta, allow merchants to securely sell across contexts — anywhere consumers are online or on their mobile devices,” the company says. The platform is the result of the company’s acquisition of mobile commerce platform Modest in the second half of 2015.

    Mobile banking service Pocopay goes live in Europe

    February 8th, 2016

    Mobile banking service Pocopay has launched in the Netherlands, Spain and its home country of Estonia to let consumers split bills, request money using email addresses or QR codes and make payments via a MasterCard… More

    Barclays to support Apple Pay within “60 to 75 days”

    January 26th, 2016

    Barclays will add support for Apple Pay “within the next 60 to 75 days”, the bank’s Ashok Vaswani has revealed in an email to a customer. Barclays was a notable absence from the list of participating banks when Apple announced in June 2015 it would expand the mobile payment service to the UK but confirmed to NFC World the following month that it would support Apple Pay “in the future”.

    Radius Bank launches P2P transfer service

    January 18th, 2016

    Customers of the USA’s Radius Bank can now make peer-to-peer money transfers using the recipient’s email address or mobile number. “To send money via Radius Pay a Friend, users simply access the service from their online or mobile banking account, enter the recipient’s email address or mobile phone number and payment amount and verify the transaction using their debit card’s personal identification number,” the bank says.

    UK consumers warm to biometric identification

    January 13th, 2016

    More than half of UK consumers (54%) are willing to authorise payments using biometric technology, research from Experian shows. Accessing online accounts (64%) topped the list of services people are most willing to use biometric… More

    Canada’s BMO to support Apple Pay?

    January 12th, 2016

    Canadian bank BMO is “actively evaluating Apple Pay as a mobile payment option” for its customers, an email seen by iPhone In Canada reveals. “Back in October, sources claimed BMO was planning to launch Apple Pay but that front has remained quiet since then,” the publication reports. Apple Pay launched in Canada with support from American Express in November 2015.

    Apple to allow P2P transfers through iMessage?

    January 5th, 2016

    A patent filed by Apple suggests that the company may be looking at letting iPhone users send money over iMessage as well as via phone calls, emails and calendar invitations. “The function could work in a number of ways,” Quartz reports. “It explicitly mentions a phone call, text messaging, conversations, an email thread and calendar events, among other uses.” News that Apple was working on a P2P payment service first surfaced in November 2015.

    Gemalto brings PKI-based authentication to mobile devices over BLE

    December 11th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a solution which can bring public key infrastructure-based authentication and security to any device through a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. “SafeNet MobilePKI uses Bluetooth Smart technology… More

    Black cabs across London can now accept HailoPay mobile payments

    November 11th, 2015

    A mobile payment service that lets taxi passengers pay via their credit or debit card is now available to all of London’s 22,500 black cabs. To date, 15,000 of the city’s taxi drivers have signed up to the service. More

    Amazon to discontinue mPos device

    November 4th, 2015

    Amazon is to discontinue the credit card reader offering it debuted last year. “Effective February 1, 2016, we will discontinue Amazon Register,” the company said in an email reported by Forbes. “We periodically evaluate our offerings to ensure that we focus on delivering unique benefits and, in this case, we’ve decided to discontinue Amazon Register.”

    NFC gnomes store messages for lovers

    October 22nd, 2015

    Startup Gnoments has developed gnome soft toys that come equipped with NFC chips to allow consumers to add links to sound recordings, videos and photos that can be accessed with a tap of a loved… More

    Barclays to support Apple Pay from early 2016?

    October 9th, 2015

    An email exchange between a Barclays customer and the bank’s CEO of retail banking in the UK has revealed that Barclays will support Apple Pay next year. “We have signed up for Apple Pay and will launch it very early in the New Year,” Ashok Vaswani said in an email reply. Barclays was a notable absence from the list of supporting banks when the mobile payment service launched in the UK in July 2015.

    Beacons land at UK airports to send out offers and rewards

    May 19th, 2015

    Eight UK airports are to roll out a network of 200 Bluetooth Low Energy beacons that will deliver notifications such as offers and rewards to passengers while they wait for their flights. The service is… More

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