Nintendo gives Japanese gamers a chance to use NFC payments

Nintendo last week finally made use of the NFC feature on the Wii U game console and began enabling Japanese owners to purchase items in its digital shop using contactless public transportation cards. Japanese gamers can use Suica, Pasmo Kitaca,...

FEATURES


Isis needs a phoenix-like reincarnation for its mobile wallet

Shaunt M. Sarkissian, Founder & CEO of mobile payments technology company Cortex MCP, believes Isis can change the conversation for the better about mobile payments despite unfortunate circumstances.

Apple in payments: Bluetooth edition

Cherian Abraham from Experian Global Consulting examines how Apple might enable payments at the point-of-sale in the next iPhone.

LevelUp gives startups a break with new enrollment program

Loyalty and mobile payment provider continues focus on QSR sector.

Alipay's mobile ticketing plans could have an impact outside the Far East

Alibaba's payments arm is involved in a transit pilot in 30 cities across China.

Leave my physical wallet at home? No thanks

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez addresses one particular marketing issue that is backfiring on mobile wallet providers.

Apple in payments: a disruptor's dilemma

Cherian Abraham, who is the mobile commerce and payments lead at Experian Global Consulting, dives into what we could see happen in the next iPhone.

Banks lag behind retailers, telcos in providing mobile wallets

The trade group Mobey Forum advises financial institutions to reconsider the role prepaid plays in mobile financial services.

Brazil's mobile payments market comes into focus after regulations

Mobile network operators, bank card issuers, acquirers and the card brands are working together on a variety of projects.

What would Apple's rumored mobile payments play mean for credit card networks?

Tech giant has a filed patent that shows small loans could play key role in new system.

HCE threatens to upset carriers' NFC payments applecart

Over the past few years, an inestimably large amount of media attention has been devoted to the staggering enormity of the mobile payments opportunity in general and the immense promise of Near Field Communications-based payments in particular. Far from cashing...

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NEWS


London opens transit fares to contactless cards and mobile

Transport for London today announced that starting Sept. 16 it will enable commuters to pay for fares with any U.K.-bank-issued contactless credit, debit or prepaid card as well as through NFC-enabled Android handsets through the Cash on Tap app from...

Latest Apple rumor has company in talks with Visa, others

Expect Apple mobile wallet rumors to come fast and furious over the next six weeks as the iPhone 6 (and iWatch) approach on the horizon. The lastest rumor is from The Information, which reports Apple is discussuing a mobile payments...

Starbucks continues mobile payments growth

Mobile payments accounted for 15 percent of Starbucks' total U.S. revenue, the coffee giant said Thursday during its third quarter earnings call. CEO Howard Schultz told investors during the call that there are 12 million mobile app users in the U.S.

Visa launches new tools to secure payments from Internet-connected devices and wearables

Visa Inc. today announced the creation of Visa Digital Solutions, what the card company said is a comprehensive suite of offerings that facilitate secure payments across a broad range of Internet-connected devices and wearables. Visa in the press release cited...

Consumers recognize mobile wallets, but security concerns prevent widespread use

The majority of U.S. consumers recognize digital wallets as an alternative to cash-based transactions, but use remains at less than one-third thanks to security concerns, according to a new study from Thrive Analytics.

Westpac tests NFC-enabled mobile payments using HCE in New Zealand

Westpac is trialing Host Card Emulation (HCE) mobile payments and is the first bank in New Zealand to do so, according to an announcement from the financial institution. Westpac is using Carta Worldwide's HCE technology during the three-month trial, which...

Payments Council report claims UK leads the world in mobile payments

Following the April launch of Paym, a person-to-person mobile payment service, the U.K. Payments Council Thursday launched a research paper comparing mobile payments markets on an international basis.

Ztar Mobile sign reseller pact with CorFire for mobile payment services

CorFire, a mobile commerce technology provider, and Ztar Mobile, a provider of private branded wireless services and solutions that enable retailers to deliver private branded wireless services to their customers, Wednesday announced a reseller agreement so Ztar Mobile can resell...

Australian supermarket chain intros mobile sticker

Australian supermarket chain Coles is giving banks in the nation a run for their money with its latest investment in financial services, a mobile sticker and loyalty app. Coles also announed a pending joint venture with GE Capital for consumer...

SK Planet Slydes into the US with new mobile shopping app

SK Planet Inc., the U.S.-based mobile-commerce subsidiary affiliated with wireless giant SK Telecom, this week announced its beta launch of its touchless, beacon-enabled shopping experience through its Slyde mobile app, according to a press release. Slyde, which consumers can download...

Zapp adds 3 more companies to supports its mobile-enabled checkout process

U.K.-based mobile payments provider Zapp today announced its next round of network payment partners that are committing to support Zapp's rollout into the market, according to a press release. Secure Trading, TrustPay Global and Checkout.com will all work to support...

BBVA introduces NFC-enabled mobile payments based on Visa's HCE specifications

BBVA today announced it is the first global banking group to commercially launch mobile NFC payments based on new cloud-based (HCE) payment specifications from Visa, according to a press release. The new cloud-based system will enable BBVA customers with NFC-enabled...

Russian Standard Bank launches NFC-enabled payments through select Samsung devices

Russian Standard Bank, Samsung Electronics and MasterCard today announced the commercial launch of a contactless payment service on some flagship NFC-enabled Samsung devices. For MasterCard and Samsung, the Russian launch is the second one globally and the first in Europe,...

Mobey Forum welcomes HCE specialist Bell ID to its ranks

Token management specialist Bell ID has become a member of Mobey Forum, joining other industry players in a trade association meant to help banks take the lead in mobile money, according to a press release. As a new Associate Member,...

SimplyTapp launches HCE developer platform

SimplyTapp, which provides Host Card Emulation (HCE) solutions for mobile payments, today announced a developer platform for card issuers and mobile application developers, according to a press release. In addition, as of now through September 29th, anyone signing up will...

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Near-field Communications (NFC) is a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology commonly used in contactless cards, mobile phones and passive RFID. Mobile payment applications include retail, public transportation ticketing and interactive advertising.