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    Apple Pay bank list grows

    August 24th, 2016

    Apple has added an additional 37 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. The Bank of East Asia and Hong Kong Telekom’s (HKT) Tap & Go have also been added to the list for the Asia-Pacific region. “Both banks are incentivizing users to sign up with promotions rewarding users for repeated use of the service,” AppleInsider reports.

    Samsung Pay hits 100m transactions in first year

    August 24th, 2016

    Some 100m transactions in seven countries have been made using Samsung Pay, the company has revealed as it marks the mobile payment service’s one year anniversary. “Across South Korea specifically, the market has processed more than… More

    MegaFon launches contactless card with carrier billing

    August 23rd, 2016

    Russian mobile network operator MegaFon has begun offering customers a contactless card enabling them to make in-store purchases wherever Mastercard is accepted, charging the payment to their mobile phone bill. The MegaFon card is currently available in Moscow and surrounding areas, as well as St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Tver, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Vologda. It is scheduled to be made available nationwide from 1 October.

    QuickPass launches in Macau

    August 23rd, 2016

    Bankcard association UnionPay International has launched QuickPass, its host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization based mobile payment service, for customers of ICBC (Macau). “Now, over 7m POS terminals in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada accept mobile QuickPass,” UnionPay International says. More than 20 commercial banks signed up to support the service when it launched in Beijing in December 2015. It launched in South Korea in June and in Canada last week.

    Barclaycard reveals large contactless increase across UK

    August 23rd, 2016

    The amount spent by Barclaycard customers using contactless technology in the UK has multiplied 2.7 times so far this year, with usage increasing 173% by value and 112% by volume, the latest Barclaycard Contactless Spending… More

    UK contactless spending hits record high

    August 23rd, 2016

    Spending on contactless cards in the UK during the first half of 2016 outstripped the total for the whole of 2015, The UK Cards Association reveals. “Some £9.27bn (US$12.23bn) was spent using contactless methods between January and June of this year,” the organisation says, “more than the total 2015 contactless spend of £7.75bn (US$10.22bn).” 1.1bn transactions were made in the first half of 2016, compared with 1.05bn for the whole of 2015. Contactless card payments accounted for 18% of total purchases in June 2016, compared to 7% in June last year.

    Walgreens integrates rewards with Android Pay

    August 22nd, 2016

    US drugstore giant Walgreens has become the first retailer to integrate its loyalty program with Android Pay, allowing more than 85m active Balance Rewards members to earn and redeem points in-store through the mobile payments service. “Before payment, members simply hold their Android device near the PIN pad and the appropriate rewards information is applied,” Walgreens says. The company integrated its loyalty program with Apple Pay in November 2015.

    Apple Pay adds two UK banks

    August 22nd, 2016

    Apple has updated its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the UK, with the additions of Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank. Mobile only-bank B, which was launched by Yorkshire and Clydesdale in May 2016, will also support the mobile payment service, according to MacRumors. The new inclusions take the total number of UK banks supporting Apple Pay to more than 20.

    ACCC rejects Australian banks’ negotiation bid

    August 22nd, 2016

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided not to grant a group of Australian banks interim authorization to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers.  More

    EMVCo to certify mobile devices for NFC and HCE payments

    August 18th, 2016

    EMVCo has introduced a formal industry testing and certification process for contactless mobile payment devices. The new process “incorporates Level 1 tests traditionally managed by the individual payment systems,” the payments standards body says, “bringing… More

    Phillips 66 to accept Chase Pay across US

    August 18th, 2016

    Fuel retailer Phillips 66 is to allow customers at its Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 branded locations to make QR code-based mobile payments using Chase Pay across the US, in collaboration with mobile commerce provider P97 Networks. “Consumers of Phillips 66’s fuel brands will soon be able to make purchases through the My Phillips 66, My 76 and My Conoco mobile apps,” says Chase. Oil and gas company Shell is also set to accept Chase Pay across the country.

    mVisa to launch in Nigeria by year end

    August 18th, 2016

    Visa is in “advanced discussions with leading Nigerian banks” — including Diamond Bank — to roll out its mVisa QR code-based mobile payments service in the country before the end of 2016. mVisa was unveiled in August 2015 through a pilot with Indian banks. ICICI Bank became the first to launch the service to consumers in October, followed by State Bank of India, which announced its support for mVisa in May 2016.

    Most Brits want contactless payments on familiar wearables

    August 18th, 2016

    More than two thirds of UK consumers (67%) who use contactless payments would prefer the function to be added to something they already own or wear, rather than purchase a brand new wearable payment device. More

    NSW government adopts Android Pay

    August 18th, 2016

    Residents in New South Wales, Australia can now pay for government services using Android Pay. “The new contactless payment service is available to Android users in all Service NSW centres across the state,” the New South Wales government says.

    Kona unveils Kona Money for digital gift cards and mobile payments

    August 17th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: South Korean smart card provider Kona has unveiled Kona Money, a mobile payment service that integrates gift cards and allows for purchases to be made at the point of sale using NFC, QR… More

    Xiaomi unveils Mi Pay NFC mobile payments in China

    August 17th, 2016

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled Mi Pay, an NFC-based mobile payment service expected to be made available on the Xiaomi Mi 5 handset with support from a number of the country’s banks. More

    Three quarters of US retailers plan to accept Apple Pay before 2018

    August 16th, 2016

    More than three quarters of US retailers (76%) plan to accept Apple Pay by the end of 2017, research released by the National Retail Federation and Forrester reveals.  More

    Android Pay v1.5 shows NFC antenna location

    August 16th, 2016

    Version 1.5 of Android Pay will tell users where the NFC antenna on their device is located so that they know where on the phone to tap when making a payment, an APK teardown reported by Android Police reveals. “The guide will be accessible through a command titled ‘How to pay’ in the overflow menu,” the publication says. “Instructions are specific to each model of phone.”

    PNC goes live with Microsoft Wallet

    August 16th, 2016

    Customers of US bank PNC can now add PNC Visa consumer and small business debit and credit cards to Microsoft Wallet. “SmartAccess cards will be available soon,” the bank says. PNC commercial and Mastercard credit cards are not eligible at this time. The NFC mobile payment service was unveiled in June 2016 with announced support from nine other US banks and financial institutions.

    New players in Apple Pay controversy

    August 16th, 2016

    Australia’s Heritage Bank and payment platform provider Tyro are the latest to enter submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), seeking to “collectively negotiate” with third party mobile wallet providers, while also urging Apple to open up the NFC technology in its handsets. Apple responded to the banks’ proposal last week, saying that doing so would undermine the security of Apple Pay.

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