Go-Jek takes big step into mobile payments with fintech acquisitions

An Indonesia-based motorcycle taxi ordering company is taking an unusual step to get into mobile payments next year with the purchase of three fintech firms in the country, according to various local reports. Go-Jek wants to give consumers the ability...

Portland transit agency teams with Google for Android Pay virtual fare pass

TriMet, which provides bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services in the Portland, Oregon metro area, is working with Google for what the companies are calling an industry first: a virtual transit card available in Android Pay. TriMet's partnership...

Chicago Transit Authority eliminates prepaid debit account from transit cards

The Chicago Transit Authority is eliminating the prepaid debit account function on its Ventra transit cards and will instead transition riders to a closed-loop card, according to a press release. The CTA said it will ditch the prepaid debit account,...

Chase Pay acceptance coming to Kroger in 2018

The Kroger Co. is teaming up with Chase Pay—the digital wallet from JPMorgan Chase & Co.— to offer mobile payments starting with select retail markets and e-commerce programs in 2018, according to a press release. Through the partnership, Chase's 65...

China UnionPay, banks unite over new mobile payment app

China UnionPay this week partnered with over 30 commercial banks and payment institutions to launch Mobile QuickPass, which the network calls the unified app for China's banking industry, according to a press release. The network said that by integrating mobile...

Samsung Pay expands to mobile banking in South Korea

Samsung plans to make Samsung Pay more versatile in South Korea with a feature that will let users initiate funds transfers at two banks, according to local reports. Customers from Shinhan and Woori banks soon will have the ability to...

Payza adds 'buy altcoin' feature to e-wallet service

Payza, a U.K.-based e-wallet platform, has added a new feature that enables users to buy the most popular cryptocurrency alternatives to bitcoin using funds in their Payza account, either fiat currency or bitcoin, according to a press release. The initiative...

Qwikcilver brings gift card store to Samsung Pay in India

India-based Qwikcilver, an SaaS-based prepaid and gift card provider, is partnering with Samsung to launch a Gift Card Store on Samsung Pay, according to a press release. Qwikcilver will manage the Gift Card Store on Samsung Pay and Samsung Pay...

Apple Pay arrives for CaixaBank customers in Spain

Comercia Global Payments, a joint venture between U.S.-based Global Payments and Spain-based CaixaBank, announced that Apple Pay is available to its customers. Using the new CaixaBank Pay app, users can now add their Caixabank cards to Apple Wallet and use...

French bank Société Générale to offer Apple Pay

Apple has secured a deal on Apple Pay with major French bank Société Générale, according to local media reports. The deal marks the first major bank deal for Apple in France although the Apple Pay is available to customers at...

Norwegian banks mark their territory with payments

Norwegian banks are banding together to fight off global competition in the payments space, according to a report from Reuters. DNB, Eika and Sparbank 1 Gruppen will lead a group of banks that will combine their payment units to better...

Singapore to debut new standard for QR codes

The Monetary Authority of Singapore earlier this week announced that something called the common Singpare Quick Response Code will make its debut next year as payment service providers adopt this new standard, according to multiple local reports. The authority said...

Micro-investing app Acorns lands PayPal integration

Acorns, a micro-investing app with some 2.4 million investment accounts, has announced that select U.S. PayPal customers will be able to set up and use Acorns within PayPal, with access for all U.S.

Garmin Pay now live on Garmin vívoactive 3 smartwatch

Garmin International and Fit Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, have announced that the Garmin Pay contactless payment feature is now live on Garmin's vívoactive 3 smartwatch and available to cardholders of issuing banks supporting the new service, according...

Paytm launches instant credit service via mobile wallet

Paytm, India's largest digital wallet based on the number of accounts, is partnering with ICICI Bank to offer instant interest-fee short-term credit through the service, according to multiple India media reports. At the moment, the credit offers are only available...

Australian FIs partner with eftpos network on Android Pay

Australia's domestic debit payments network, eftpos, has announced that some 2 million cardholders from ANZ and Cuscal can now use Android Pay to make payments with their compatible devices, according to a press release. ANZ and eight Cuscal-sponsored credit unions...

Visa launches program to help transit agencies with contactless payments

Visa has launched Visa Global Transit Solutions, a program designed to accelerate the use of open-fare contactless systems for mass transit commuter worldwide, according to a press release. "Visa played an important role in partnering with Transport for London," Michael...

Hatch Loyalty, Cardfree partner on retailer mobile wallet services

Hatch Loyalty is partnering with mobile commerce company Cardfree to bring personalized engagement and mobile wallet services to large retailers, according to a press release. The companies will provide gas stations and convenience stores order-ahead, stored-value, engagement and loyalty services....

PayPal launches domestic operations in India

PayPal has launched operations in India at a time when more Indian consumers are using mobile wallets as the government continues to push a cashless society. At launch, Indian consumers can use PayPal to shop online at some of India's...

Apple Pay Cash debuts in beta form

Apple's entry into the crowded mobile person-to-person payments market is now available to iPhone users as part of a beta for an upcoming version of iOS, according to multiple media reports. Users can access Apple Pay Cash via the apps...

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