NFC Times Exclusive – American Express has quietly launched its HCE-enabled mobile payments service in the UK, along with its launch in Canada, which it announced Wednesday, NFC Times has learned.
With the two launches, American Express joins some big banks in the two markets and beyond that have launched HCE-enabled payments from their own apps while also participating in one or more of the “Pays” services, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay. AmEx is expected to enable payments from its own app in other markets.
The Amex Pay feature in the American Express Mobile App gives cardholders “choice and flexibility,” an American Express UK spokeswoman told NFC Times. AmEx actually launched the payments feature Nov. 8 in the UK and a week later in Canada, though didn’t announce Canada until this week and has yet to publicize the UK launch.