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Starbucks Expands Mobile-Payment Service Using Bar Codes

Apr 2 2010

Large coffee shop chain Starbucks has announced it is expanding its iPhone mobile-payment service, enabling consumers to pay for their caffè lattes or caramel macchiatos by flashing a 2-D bar code on their phone screens.

MasterCard to introduce contactless cards in the Czech Republic

Customers in the Czech Republic will for the first time be able to make contactless payments using the MasterCard PayPass technology at selected shops this year, daily Právo reported, referring to Brian Lang, chief executive of company MasterCard Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. (Czech Business Weekly)

Indonesia’s Largest Mobile Operator to Trial Payment Service

Apr 1 2010

Another big mobile operator is considering launching its own payment scheme at the retail point of sale using contactless technology–with Indonesia’s largest mobile telco, Telkomsel, planning to hold a trial in May, NFC Times has learned.

Alcatel-Lucent Pushes Mobile Wallets

A dozen years have passed since the first person famously bought a Coke from a specially adapted vending machine in Scandinavia using a mobile phone. But in the intervening time, the anticipated mass market adoption of such “mobile wallet” services hasn’t happened (BusinessWeek).

Getting TSMs to Speak a Common Language

When NFC services finally begin to roll out, many in the industry are concerned there will be a breakdown in communication between mobile operators and banks and other service providers.

SK Telecom Launches ‘Next-Generation’ Payment Service

SK Telecom, South Korea’s largest mobile operator, has announced it is launching its T Smart Pay service, what it calls a “next-generation” payment service.

Report: Contactless microSD Cards are Here to Stay

Contactless MicroSD cards that will turn ordinary mobile phones into contactless payment and ticketing devices will likely serve as more than just a bridge to NFC phones.

Visa Names New Global Head of Product

Visa Inc. has promoted the head of its North American bank sales unit and a former IBM employee to global head of product, the top executive post overseeing innovation, including NFC and contactless payment, among many other duties.

Gartner Takes a Swipe at Citi Mobile Trial Data

Gartner analyst Kristin Moyer has taken issue with recent reports praising Citi's "Tap and Pay" mobile payments trial in India, arguing that the data released fails to back up claims made by the bank and researchers over the success of the program.

Korean Telcos Plan NFC Commercial Launches in 2010

Mar 18 2010

UPDATE: South Korean mobile operators KT and SK Telecom plan to commercially launch NFC by the second half of this year, rolling out NFC phones and, at least for KT, high-capacity SIM cards to subscribers to carry retail payment, transit-fare collection, and banking and loyalty applications, NFC Times has learned.

China Mobile Pulls Back from Its Aggressive RF-SIM Push

SHANGHAI - China Mobile is easing off its drive to roll out its own mobile-payment scheme and other services using contactless SIM cards known as RF-SIMs, NFC Times has learned.

First Data Announces Contactless microSD Card Offer

Consumers could be tapping their mobile phones to make purchases with contactless microSD cards storing payment applications before the end of the year, said U.S.-based processor First Data, which announced today it would make the cards available with its technology vendor Tyfone.

Sony Faces an Uncertain Market for Its FeliCa Technology

TOKYO - As usual, Sony was showing an impressive array of uses for its FeliCa contactless technology at the annual IC Card World exhibition this past week in Tokyo.

Banking Group Spells Out Options to SIMs for Mobile Payment

Bankers who thought they would have to put their applications onto SIM cards in NFC phones to offer mobile-contactless payment should think again, according to the Mobey Forum, a bank-led association that has issued a report describing four alternatives to the SIM for supporting payment applications in phones.

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.

Deals

Vancouver’s TransLink Launches Open-Loop Ticketing, Though Offers Daily Riders Few Incentives to Tap Bank Cards to Pay

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Vancouver is the latest major city to enable riders to tap to pay fares with contactless bank cards, including card credentials loaded into such NFC-enabled mobile payments services as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.  

Another Large Chinese City Supports QR Code-Based Transit Ticketing

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Another major Chinese city is accepting QR code-based payments for transit fare collection, with riders of the Shenzhen Metro now able to use WeChat Pay to cover the fares.

Walmart Quietly Ends Trial of App that Would Have Enabled Customers to Avoid Checkout Lanes in Supercenters

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Walmart Inc. has ended a trial of its Mobile Express Scan & Go app in its Walmart stores in the U.S., which had enabled shoppers to scan their items themselves and pay with a stored credit or debit card, then leave the store, after having a greeter scan a bar code in their apps to briefly check the receipt.

Deutsche Bank Plans to Expand New Payments Service for Airlines to Other Industries, Though No Rollouts Yet Scheduled

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Germany’s largest bank, which announced plans Monday to pilot a new payments system for airlines that would enable travelers to buy tickets without pulling out their credit or debit cards, is also planning to expand the scheme to other industries, a bank spokesman told NFC Times.

Apple Touts Strong Growth of Apple Pay Globally, though Again Fails to Release Actual Transaction Figures

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple said the number of Apple Pay users doubled globally while transactions tripled during the last quarter, but the company did not release many details explaining reasons for the increases and again released no actual figures on Apple Pay usage.

Contactless Payments Continues to Grow for Transport for London, Helped by Fare Capping

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Transport for London this week was again trumpeting its move to open-loop fare collection with contactless credit and debit cards and applications on NFC phones–noting that contactless payments now accounts for half of all pay-as-you-go metro and rail rides in and around the UK’s capital.

Visa and Mastercard Hope New Online Payments Spec Will Accelerate Rollout of Tokens; U.S. Merchant Group Blasts Network Move as Anticompetitive

Apr 26 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Major card networks Visa and Mastercard hope a new technical framework for online transactions they are backing from their jointly owned EMVCo specifications group will help them keep more transactions on their networks, amid growing competition for mobile and other digital payments and lackluster take-up of the networks’ respective online digital wallets, Visa Checkout and Masterpass.

Second Smartwatch Supports Fitbit Pay, but Payments Service Remains Fragmented

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Struggling wearables maker Fitbit on Monday began selling its second smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa, supporting its NFC-enabled Fitbit Pay service, but not all versions of the new device support NFC in the U.S.

WeChat Pay Touts Access by Merchants to Consumer Data, Messaging Channel

Apr 10 2018

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Both Ant Financial and Tencent Holdings have used their hundreds of millions of users, ready access to Chinese bank accounts, billions of yuan in subsidies for merchants and consumers and protected market status in China against Western competitors to build a combined mobile payments business valued in the trillions of U.S. dollars in transactions.

Features

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

By: 
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

By: 
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

By: 
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?

By: 
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

By: 
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

By: 
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

By: 
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

By: 
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?

By: 
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

By: 
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.