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Apple to Launch Payments Service on Monday in U.S., Shuns Support for NFC in Tablets

Oct 17 2014 (All day)

Apple’s new tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, unveiled today, will support the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to enable users to make purchases in apps with Apple Pay, but not in stores with NFC.

UPDATED: U.S.: Isis Reports Higher Activations after Six Months, but Many Challenges Lie Ahead

Scope: 
Rollout
Status: 
In progress
Launch: 
Nov 2013
Main Application: 
Payment
Users: 
N/A

Isis launched nationwide in November following a two-city trial in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, and has made NFC SIMs and Isis-ready phones available in shops of the Isis joint venture

Isis Reports Increased Wallet Activations; No Data Yet on Transactions

Activations of the Isis Mobile Wallet were up substantially in the past month, meaning more users are registering their email addresses and setting up wallet PINs after either downloading the wallet app or using a preloaded app, though Isis remains coy about how often users are actually tapping to pay six months after the wallet’s national launch.

Wells Fargo Joins Isis Mobile Wallet for Pilot

Wells Fargo bank has announced it will make a Visa credit card available in the Isis Mobile Wallet, but only as a trial phase for now.

Isis Picks Up Support from Two of its Pilot Issuers for National Rollout

While use by consumers of the Isis Mobile Wallet is believed to have been low, in general, in the pilot cities of Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, at least two issuers appear to be sufficiently convinced of the concept to move forward with Isis on its national rollout.

Isis Delays Two-City NFC Trial; Asserts Telco, Issuer Support Remains Strong

The Isis joint venture has disclosed it will miss its deadline for launching its much-anticipated two-city NFC trial in the U.S., blaming small problems that it says could prevent it from “getting the customer experience right.”

Paying to Play: Planned Isis Fees Rankle Some Issuers

One or more issuers are privately complaining about fees that the Isis joint venture is seeking to charge to host their payment applications in the Isis Wallet, NFC Times has learned.

Isis Names First Set of Merchants for Trials in Two Cities

The Isis joint venture announced its first set of merchants for the planned trials of its NFC mobile wallet this summer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas.

American Express Onboard for Isis Two-City Launch

American Express and Isis have announced that AmEx plans to participate in the two large NFC pilots Isis plans to launch this summer in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas.

Isis Announces Terminal Vendors as It Seeks to Spotlight M-Commerce Applications

Mar 9 2012 (All day)

The Isis mobile operator joint venture has announced that four major point-of-sale terminal and contactless reader vendors have licensed its mobile-commerce application, as the venture gears up for its soft launch in two cities this summer.

HEADLINE NEWS

OTI Reduces Growth Estimate and Pushes Back Positive EBITDA Prediction

Israeli-based NFC and contactless company On Track Innovations pushed back its prediction for positive adjusted EBITDA back to the third quarter of 2015 and reduced its estimate for 2014 revenue growth to 10%, down from the 30% it had predicted previously, the company reported in its quarterly earnings call.

DeviceFidelity Acquired by mPOS and Reader Component Supplier Kili

Canada-based Kili Technology, which supplies hardware modules, firmware and IP for mobile point of sale, readers and other payment-acceptance devices, has acquired NFC-accessories vendor DeviceFidelity.

Subway Eschews Exclusivity, Supports Multiple Mobile Wallets

NFC Times Exclusive: LAS VEGAS, Nev. – While a number of major U.S. merchants have pledged to only accept one mobile-payments service, that is not the case for giant Subway sandwich chain, which has now introduced at least three major options for its customers to pay with their smartphones.

AmEx and Discover Weigh In On HCE, Tokenization and Acceptance

Las Vegas, Nev. – No single mobile payments provider or platform will dominate the market in the long run, so card networks should adopt a flexible approach, CEOs of two major payment networks, American Express and Discover Financial Services, told attendees at this week’s Money 2020 conference.

Softcard Touts Rewards to Increase Wallet Activations; Insists it Will Support Wallet on iPhone SIMs

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Softcard CEO Michael Abbott was selling the value of rewards in the telco-owned mobile wallet today during a keynote address at the Money 2020 conference in Las Vegas.

Despite Talk of NFC and BLE, QR Codes Expected as Main Technology for MCX Launch

Although Dekkers Davidson, CEO of the big MCX mobile-commerce consortium in the U.S., said the group is working on Bluetooth low energy and NFC, the main technology MCX is expected to launch with next year will still be QR codes.

MCX Weighs in on Exclusivity Clause as Merchant Group Battles Apple Pay

The MCX Merchant group has confirmed what most insiders already knew: That it has an exclusivity clause for members to only accept mobile payments from its own payments platform.

Taiwan’s NFC Banking Joint Venture Gets Set to Launch TSM Service Amid Crowded Field of Platforms

Nov 18 2014 (All day)

NFC Times Exclusive: More than 25 Taiwanese banks have signed up to potentially launch NFC mobile-payments services using a TSM platform being launched by a joint venture of three domestic processing and interbank groups.

Small Issuers Sign Up for Apple Pay but Want to Keep Customers Using the Issuers' Own Applications

NFC Times Exclusive: Small financial institutions want their members to be able to use Apple Pay, but would prefer to keep transactions in their own branded mobile applications instead, sources at participating credit unions have told NFC Times.

NXP Reports NFC Sales Soar on Shipments to Apple

NXP Semiconductors reported a big jump in sales from its emerging ID unit in the third quarter, thanks to shipments of NFC chips and secure elements to Apple for the tech giant’s new iPhones.

Amid High-Profile Win with Apple, NXP Quietly Loses NFC Business for Samsung’s Galaxy Handsets

NFC Times Exclusive: While NXP Semiconductors won the coveted contract to supply NFC chips and secure elements to Apple for its new iPhone models, it has been cut out of the recent business for Samsung Galaxy handsets, including the Note 4.

NFC Booster Chip in New iPhones One Key to Apple Pay Performance, Though Not Yet Standardized

NFC Times Exclusive: In what is believed to be one of the first uses for NFC booster technology in NFC phones, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature an amplifier chip enabling a unique antenna design by Apple for its Apple Pay service that launched Monday.