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NFC Forum Adds a Telco and Chip Maker to Its Ranks

The NFC Forum trade and standards group today announced several new members, including one of Canada’s largest mobile operators, Rogers Communications, and a chip maker for smartphones, Marvell Technology Group, as voting members.

Visa’s Global Product Head to Take Up Post in Asia

Mar 9 2010

(UPDATE: Visa Inc. on Monday announced global head of product Elizabeth Buse has been named group executive for the Asia-Pacific and CEMEA regions, replacing Rupert Keeley, who is leaving the company. It confirms the NFC Times story below, published over the weekend.)

Citibank to Expand Mobile 'Contactless' Payments Program

After a pilot in Bangalore, Citibank is planning to expand its mobile payments program, using mobile phones with NFC (Near Field Communication), to other cities in India and around the world, a company executive said on Wednesday (IDG News Service).

UK Increases Purchase Limit for Contactless Transactions

The UK has increased the amount at which consumers merely need to tap to pay without entering a PIN code from £10 (US$15.08) to £15 (US$22.63).

Canadian Telcos Launch Contactless-Payment Trial

Canada’s big three mobile operators took another small step in advancing their Zoompass mobile-payment service today by announcing a contactless-sticker trial. But a representative of the telcos’ joint venture stressed that they are not after the payments business of the country’s big five banks.

U.S. Banks and Telcos are Keen for the Arrival of MicroSDs

Two makers of newly developed contactless microSD cards are moving their products toward market trials, as their big U.S. payments patrons–Visa Inc. and First Data Corp.–seek to capitalize on growing demand from banks, as well as from mobile operators.

Maker of Rugged Phones Plans NFC Model

The maker of rugged mobile phones for plumbers, builders, rescue crews and other workers often dealing with adverse conditions is planning to introduce an NFC model by the second quarter, NFC Times has learned.

Bangalore Bounce: Card Use Increases in Big NFC Trial

Electronic payments soared among participants in what has been billed as the largest-ever trial of NFC bank payment, held last year in Bangalore, India–though part of the increase can be tied to financial incentives users got to tap their phones to pay, a new report shows.

Unlocking Doors, Computers, with the iPhone? A New Patent Emerges

Another patent application filed by Apple has emerged, describing how an NFC-enabled iPhone could unlock computers and other personal devices, as well as the physical locks of users’ homes, offices and automobiles.

Source: China Unicom to Expand NFC Project in Face of Rival's RF-SIM

China’s No. 2 mobile operator plans to expand its NFC project in Shanghai, including adding bank payment to the mobile transit-ticketing service it now offers, a source told NFC Times.

Barclaycard’s iPhone POS Terminal to Accept Contactless

BARCELONA – Retailers would be able to accept bank-card payment through their iPhones–including contactless payment–under a new service big UK card issuer and acquirer Barclaycard plans to trial.

Nokia Kills Its First NFC SIM Phone

Nokia has quietly pulled the plug on its 6216 NFC phone, which was to be its first commercial model supporting a standard connection to the SIM card for storing payment and ticketing applications, NFC Times has learned.

New Samsung NFC Phone Gets First Trial in Spain

BARCELONA – Samsung Electronics has introduced its new NFC phone for its first public trial, lending more than 400 units for a demonstration at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Visa to Introduce microSD payWave Card

BARCELONA Visa Inc. will test contactless microSD cards with one or more banks during the second quarter, as it moves to satisfy what it said is “really high” demand from issuers for mobile-payment devices.

U.S. Telcos in Talks to Push Contactless-Mobile Payment

Feb 15 2010

The four major mobile operators in the United States are in discussions to possibly launch one or more mobile-payment projects involving Near Field Communication phones and other contactless technologies, NFC Times has learned.

French Telcos to Bill Low-Value Ticket Purchases

Consumers in the French Mediterranean city of Nice this spring will be able to pay for low-value tickets on the city’s bus and tram network directly on their mobile phone bills as part of a planned multiapplication NFC project.

Transport for London to Discard Mifare Classic

Feb 2 2010

London transit authority Transport for London is dumping its hack-prone Mifare Classic cards and will start to move its popular Oyster fare-collection program to high-end Mifare DESFire technology by early this year.

China Mobile to Expand Contactless SIM Project

Feb 2 2010

China’s giant mobile operator, China Mobile, is expanding its contactless-mobile service to Beijing and other markets in China using specially equipped contactless SIM cards it has developed, according to a market researcher.

Visa Europe Chief Predicts Doubling of payWave in 2010

Visa Europe CEO Peter Ayliffe predicts Visa-branded contactless cards on issue in Europe will double to 12 million by the end of 2010.

Contactless Shipments to Break 1 Billion by 2014

Contactless smart card shipments for ID, transportation and payment will double by 2014, hitting the one billion mark and will account for 23% of payment cards, according to UK-based IMS Research.

Your Preview of Apple’s NFC Launch: Yes to SE, No to HCE, Tag Reading Unlikely

NFC Times Exclusive: Apple’s scheduled announcement Tuesday of its next iPhone is expected to make it the last and also the most prominent of the major smartphone makers to adopt NFC.

Isis and MCX Announce New Brands as Apple's Planned Mobile-Payments Service Looms

The telco-owned joint venture behind the Isis Wallet announced a new name for the wallet, while the merchant-led MCX consortium finally released its consumer-facing brand and a timeframe for a planned rollout, as the U.S. mobile-payments landscape heats up.

With HCE Threat Looming, Telcos and Their Trade Group Seek to Cut Cost and Complexity of SIM-Based NFC

NFC Times Exclusive: With interest in host-card emulation continuing to grow and SIM-based NFC rollouts in need of a boost, mobile operators and their global trade association, GSMA, are pushing for significant cuts in the cost and complexity of TSMs and lowering other hurdles that have discouraged service providers from provisioning their applications on SIM cards.

Westpac NZ Product Chief: HCE Offers Bank More Simplicity, Control

Aug 1 2014

NFC Times Exclusive: Westpac New Zealand’s product chief told NFC Times he believes host-card emulation will reduce costs and increase flexibility, while ensuring the bank can use its own branded wallet.

Australian Credit Union Launches First HCE Service in Asia Pacific

Jul 14 2014

Australia’s largest credit union, CUA, is the first financial institution in Asia-Pacific to commercially launch mobile payments using host-card emulation, announcing the move today in Australia.


Google Seeks to Sign Up More Merchants for Tez App in India as Competition Heats Up

Mar 21 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – SINGAPORE: Google is seeking to sign up more small merchants and encourage more retail payments with its Tez mobile payments service in India, an app now mainly used for peer-to-peer funds transfers.

Apple Pay Could Get More Single-Tap Rewards in Next Few Months but Technology is Not Proving Easy to Roll Out

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Restaurant loyalty platform vendor Punchh could enable its delayed single-tap loyalty and rewards service with Apple Pay in the second quarter of this year at as many as six quick-service and fast-casual restaurant chains, the vendor told NFC Times.

Visa Sees Range of Use Cases for QR Code-Based Payments, as It Seeks to Address Threat from New Payments Players

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Visa, which last summer announced it would introduce QR code-based payments to Taiwan by the end of this year, has recently briefed Taiwanese bankers on the planned architecture, use cases and some other details of the technology, NFC Times has learned.

Russian Telco MegaFon Makes Play in Mobile Payments Market With Virtual Bank Cards

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Russian telco MegaFon began issuing virtual Mastercard-branded bank cards yesterday, which its users can add to Apple Pay or Samsung Pay mobile wallets.

Google Gets Support for Its Underused Smart Tap Technology from POS Terminal Supplier Ingenico

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Google has not yet given up on technology it bought from the now defunct Softcard joint venture more than three years ago to try to boost use of its rebranded NFC mobile wallet, Google Pay, formerly Android Pay.

Analysis: Google Launches Google Pay Rebrand, as It Seeks to Enable Payments Across Multiple Channels and Devices

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Google began rolling out its previously-announced set of Google Pay services Tuesday in what is primarily a rebrand of Android Pay and other Google payments features. The initiative supports Google’s long-held goal of making payments seamless across its various products and access points.

Can Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sell Swiss Precision Along with NFC Payments? Its Latest Smartwatch Again Supports Android Pay

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While payments wearables, in general, are taking off more slowly than expected, a number of manufacturers are incorporating the feature in their high-end watches and that includes Switzerland-based luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer.

Hong Kong Banking Group JETCO–Former Backer of NFC–Launches QR Code Payments Service

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Hong Kong ATM and interbank group JETCO is the latest provider to launch a QR code-based payments service for in-store transactions in Asia, with payments coming out of the consumers’ bank accounts. But the group has few if any merchants live yet.

Vendor Hopes to ‘Flip’ Bitcoin Holders into Users of Cryptocurrency for Retail Purchases

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are mainly seen as assets for speculative investments these days rather than currencies for making payments, U.S.-based provisioning and mobile wallet platform company Fit Pay Thursday released a second announcement about its planned contactless device that would enable holders of Bitcoin to make purchases at brick-and-mortar stores.

NXP Continues to Promote ‘Loader Service’ Targeting Wearables Market, Seeking to Sell More Embedded Chips

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – In addition to the NFC secure elements that NXP Semiconductors is providing to wearables maker Garmin for its vívoactive 3 and forthcoming Forerunner 645 smartwatches supporting Garmin Pay, NXP is also supplying its “Loader Service,” a technology that the chip maker has been pushing for more than three years.


How Mobile Wallets, Payments Wearables, Tokenization Fared the Past Year, and Where They Stand Now

Dan Balaban

NFC TIMES Exclusive – As the digital payments ecosystem moves into 2018, it is dealing with many of the same unfulfilled promises, works in progress and unfinished business as in 2017.

U.S. Merchant Apps Square Off Against NFC ‘Pays’ Wallets: The Retailer Perspective

K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive – As more U.S. merchants launch their own payments apps, some seem positioned to offer serious competition to Apple Pay and the other NFC “Pays” wallets.

Backers Look to Range of Devices for Contextual Commerce, Though Fragmentation Will Pose Challenges

K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Promoters of contextual commerce are looking to a range of connected devices, including smart appliances and such home hubs as Alexa–along with a host of mobile devices–to enable consumers to pay in almost every context. But many challenges remain for what could become a “very disjointed” array of payment options, experts say.

Feature: How Do Mobile Payments Fit into an Omnichannel World?

K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As retailers and payments services providers increasingly try to connect and track consumer transactions across online and in-store channels, mobile payments must function as part of an omnichannel payments ecosystem, say industry observers.

IoT Payments Backers Say Devices Will Range from the Familiar to the Far-Fetched

K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – With the buzz around the Internet of Things growing ever stronger, the payments ecosystem is determined not to be left out.

Sound-Based Payments Target Developing Economies but Face Long Road to Consumer Take-Up

K.N. Smith

NFC TIMES Exclusive – With two sound-based payments launches in India in September, the technology has drawn some interest, but although several banks in emerging countries have signed on with sound-based payments platforms, consumer take-up remains unclear, and it’s likely that the road to adoption will be at least as slow as that faced by NFC payments in developed markets.

Energy Drink Promotion Features Different Way to Put Payment Applications Onto Objects

Dan Balaban

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While the recent promotion by the makers of Lucozade Energy drinks in the UK, which enabled users to tap their bottles on contactless readers to redeem free rides on the London Underground, may have been just a clever marketing stunt, the way the drinks company got the prepaid EMV application onto the bottles broke the mold for how such applications usually get provisioned.

Developers and UK Smart Ticketing Organization ITSO Look to HCE as Option for NFC Transit Ticketing

Istvan Fekete

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As OEM Pay wallet providers try to get more transit operators to put their closed-loop ticketing applets onto the NFC embedded secure chips in their devices, there is growing interest in alternatives to enable mobile transit ticketing.

Are Security Fears Really Holding Reluctant Mobile Payments Users Back?

Chandra Lye

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The low number of mobile payment users may have little to do with security, one researcher says.

NFC Transit Ticketing Finally Starts to Get on Track after Years of Delays and Broken Promises

Dan Balaban

NFC Times Exclusive – NFC mobile transit ticketing–an application that once held much promise but has shown few results over the past decadefinally appears to be pulling out of the station, getting a boost from the growing interest in open-loop fare collection, the emergence of the “Pays” mobile payments services and increasing efforts by standards makers to solve basic interoperability problems between NFC phones and transit terminals.