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    Pakistan bank offers mobile ATM cash withdrawals

    December 7th, 2016

    Customers of Pakistan’s Askari Bank can now withdraw cash from ATMs using their mobile phone. “All customers need to do is log in to their mobile wallet to generate a voucher,” technology provider TPS says. “A unique voucher code (one-time password) is instantly sent to customers via a text message on their registered mobile number. Customers can redeem the voucher at all Askari Bank ATMs across Pakistan.”

    AT&T customers can ask Alexa to text a friend

    November 24th, 2016

    Customers of US telecoms giant AT&T can send text messages to up to 10 contacts using Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence assistant. The AT&T Send Message skill went live on 18 November allowing users to ask to text a friend, after which the assistant prompts them to say their message. The launch came on the same day that Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices were made available on the AT&T website and in its retail stores.

    DigiTally project enables mobile money transfers without network coverage

    November 21st, 2016

    A project enabling mobile money transfers to take place at the point of sale in areas of less-developed countries with poor or no mobile network coverage has been unveiled, by removing the reliance on SMS… More

    Mumbai Metro to get Paytm mobile ticketing

    November 17th, 2016

    Commuters on the Mumbai Metro service will soon be able to pay for journeys using mobile payments platform Paytm. “Commuters can install and recharge the Paytm app on their mobiles, switch it on, scan the QR code for identifying Mumbai Metro as the payee and pay the correct amount of fare,” Business Standard reports. “A unique transaction ID will be displayed on the Paytm app and the mobile phone with the ticketing officer at the counter will receive an SMS with the same transaction ID.”

    Banca Intesa launches HCE mobile payments in Serbia

    November 11th, 2016

    Customers of Serbia’s Banca Intesa — a subsidiary of Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo — have become the first in the Balkan country to be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments,… More

    Students develop SMS biometric authentication app

    November 11th, 2016

    Four students from India’s Birla Institute of Technology and Science have developed an SMS-based biometric authentication system for use in rural areas with poor internet connection. The team has developed an Android app to allow fingerprint scans to be taken and then turned into an encrypted, numeric code which can be sent by a simple SMS message. The team’s idea won the grand prize in the Accenture Innovation Jockeys 5 competition earlier this month.

    Italian bank customers get electronic PIN delivery

    November 9th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers of Italian retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo can now receive their PIN codes through SMS or via the web, without having to wait for postal delivery. The bank is using digital security giant… More

    Mobile payment transactions to grow 42% in 2016

    November 4th, 2016

    Mobile payment transaction volume will grow by 42% to reach 26.9m in 2016, up from 18.9m in 2015, Future Market Insights (FMI) reveals. This volume represents nearly US$768bn, up from US$549bn last year. “Payments made through NFC will witness the highest year-on-year growth rate, increasing at over 59% in 2016,” the research firm says. “SMS mobile payment transactions will witness a year-on-year growth rate of more than 28% and total US$385bn in revenues.”

    US and UK consumers warm to mobile payments, loyalty and coupons

    July 28th, 2016

    The majority of US and UK consumers (54%) have now used a mobile wallet, research from Urban Airship reveals, with 30% of respondents using them in the past week. More

    Marseille gets SMS payments for on-street parking

    July 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Motorists in Marseille, France, will soon be able to pay for the time spent in a parking bay by sending an SMS when they enter and another one when they leave, charging the payment to their mobile phone bill. More

    Mahindra Comviva wins GTB innovation award

    June 7th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva and mobile network operator Airtel Tanzania have jointly won the Global Telecom Business (GTB) Innovation Award for Airtel Money Tap Tap NFC Payments in the customer service category. “Airtel Money Tap Tap NFC Payments is the first-of-its-kind closed-loop NFC payments service that brings a paradigm shift in mobile money-based merchant payments, which so far were only performed using USSD and SMS,” Mahindra Comviva says. The service is powered by the company’s Mobiquity Money platform.

    Commuters in Helsinki get direct carrier billing for transport ticketing with Gemalto

    June 3rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Finnish commuters travelling on the Helsinki transport network can now use their mobile phone to pay for public transport beyond the central tram and metro systems and have the cost of the ticket charged to their… More

    UK businesses to get payment service via Pingit and Paym

    May 10th, 2016

    UK businesses using digital banking solutions provider Bottomline Technologies’ C-Series payments processing module will soon be able to send payments to recipients using only their mobile phone number through the Barclays’ Pingit mobile app or… More

    Proxama makes the case for digital PIN delivery

    March 24th, 2016

    A white paper that examines the advantages of using new, digital PIN delivery mechanisms to replace traditional PIN mailers is now available to download from the NFC World+ Knowledge Centre. More

    Sberbank enables cardless cash withdrawals in Kazakhstan

    March 23rd, 2016

    Customers of Sberbank Kazakhstan can now withdraw cash without a card at any of the 900 Sberbank ATMs across the country that have been integrated with OpenWay’s Way4 Cash technology. “Customers specify the withdrawal amount and a cell phone number via the Sberbank Online system,” OpenWay says. “A two-part code is generated. The customer receives the first part via Sberbank Online and the second part via an SMS message. To withdraw the funds, the customer enters both parts of the code.”

    One in four Norwegians use P2P payments app Vipps

    March 21st, 2016

    A quarter of Norway’s population is now using Vipps, a P2P mobile payment solution launched by financial services group DNB and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in May 2015. “85% of Norwegians know about the P2P payments platform and it is the number one downloaded app in Norway,” TCS says. “Vipps makes mobile payments as simple as sending a text message and is available for use on all mobile devices. Another key feature is that it allows short chat messaging between the users.”

    Pin4 rolls out mobile ATM withdrawals in the US

    February 25th, 2016

    Consumers in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles can now make P2P cash withdrawals using a PIN code sent to their mobile phone at ATMs equipped with technology from Pin4 and ATM network operator Payment Alliance International. “Pin4 sends a text to the money recipient’s phone revealing a secure PIN, which they enter along with a code the sender has provided,” Pin4 says. “Pin4 will continue expansion throughout the year and will have full nationwide access in the fourth quarter of 2016.”

    Payfriendz launches P2P messaging app in the UK

    February 15th, 2016

    UK consumers can now make P2P transfers and pay online using a virtual MasterCard through Payfriendz. “Payfriendz is a social chat and mobile payments app which allows users to easily send, request and receive money from friends and contacts,” says Paysafe, the payments provider for the service. “Once funds have been collected, users can transfer the money to their UK bank account. They can also shop online using a virtual MasterCard card linked to their Payfriendz account.”

    Paym reports 89% increase in use in second half of 2015

    February 9th, 2016

    More than £146m has been sent using peer-to-peer mobile payments platform Paym since its launch in 2014, with 1.46m payments sent in the second half of 2015 compared to 774,628 in its first six months — an increase of 89% — the company has revealed.  More

    Ugo Wallet adds P2P transfers

    February 1st, 2016

    Canadian open NFC mobile wallet provider Ugo has launched a beta version of Ugo Pay, a P2P money transfer feature that has been added to its Ugo Wallet. “Transfers are free and made securely and easily via text message using either a sender’s existing address book or by inputting any Canadian mobile phone number,” Ugo says. The company is also in the process of incorporating host card emulation (HCE) into its service.

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