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  • Editing Team 18:19 on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    MasterCard Partners with Samsung to Introduce Embedded NFC Payments 


    Commonwealth Bank of Australia has introduced an NFC payments service that uses the secure element embedded in Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phones. The bank is working with MasterCard on the new service.

    “Commonwealth Bank customers can now easily add contactless payment functionality to their Samsung Galaxy S4, allowing for contactless payments at the more than 1.6 million MasterCard PayPass contactless merchant locations around the globe,” the payments network says.

    “MasterCard and Samsung, in partnership with financial institutions and mobile network operators worldwide, plan to complete similar service rollouts over the next year, including launches in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine in the first quarter of 2014.”

    “Access to the secure element allows Samsung and other OEMs, mobile network operators and financial institutions to partner with MasterCard to deliver next-generation payment solutions to consumers,” the network adds.

    “The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are two of the more than 140 devices, including 32 Samsung smartphones and tablets, certified as part of the MasterCard PayPass Ready programme launched in May of 2012.”

    CommBank announced plans to introduce NFC payments using embedded secure elements, as well as contactless PayTags that work with iOS and other Android phones in October 2013.

  • Editing Team 18:36 on December 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Intel Integrates NFC Reader into Core Processor 

    Intel, MasterCard and NXP Semiconductors are teaming up to deliver two-factor authentication via MasterCard-branded contactless cards for online payments. As a result of the partnership, Intel’s 4th Generation Core processors with embedded NFC readers from Eindhoven, Netherlands-based NXP will be used in mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, Ultrabooks 2-in-1 and All-In-One PCs.

    Online shoppers using MasterCard’s MasterPass digital service will be able to make payments by tapping their MasterCard contactless card or NFC-enabled mobile phone against the built-in NFC reader and complete the transaction with positive identity authentication provided by Intel’s Identity Protection Technology.

    Intel’s 4th Generation Core processor-based devices containing NXP’s NFC technology and using IPT will improve and secure consumers’ online shopping experience, Praveen Vishakantaiah, VP and general manager of client solutions and technologies at Intel PC Client Group, said in a press release.

  • Editing Team 18:00 on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    NXP Enables NFC and Secure Online Payment for Customers 

    NXP Semiconductors has announced that the PN544PC, a derivative of the most widely adopted NFC radio controller (PN544), is being integrated into select new computing devices. It will work with Intel’s 4th Generation CoreTM platform and Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) to provide a basis for secure and convenient e-commerce transactions.

    Now online shoppers can use MasterPass, the digital service from MasterCard, to pay by simply tapping their MasterCard contactless card or NFC-enabled mobile phone against the built-in NFC reader and securely complete the transaction with positive identity authentication via Intel® IPT.

    Forecasts from eMarketer predict that online shoppers in the U.S. will spend a staggering $262 billion in 2013, which represents an impressive 16.4% year-on-year growth. Of the $262 billion over 16%, or $41.68 billion, will come from mobile commerce — purchases made on a smartphone or tablet.


  • Editing Team 15:49 on October 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    CBA Launches CommBank App with NFC Payments Support 


    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has combined its existing CommBank and Kaching apps into a new CommBank app with the inclusion of NFC payments.

    The revamped app will be available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 (WP8), yet WP8 will miss out on the payment functionality. NFC payment will be supported using the secure element built into Android devices, but the exact devices to be supported were not announced by CBA.

    Since iOS devices lack a built-in NFC element, they will need a MasterCard PayTag sticker on the back to provide compatibility with MasterCard’s PayPass technology. Users who wish to make use of the payments functionality in the app will have to pay a one-time AU$2.99 fee.

    Other functions offered in the app include new swipe gestures to quickly see a nominated account balance and ATM locations, the ability to pay bills via QR codes, changing a card PIN number within the app, and Kaching functionality that allows for payments via Facebook, e-mail, or phone number.

    The bank said that it has seen contactless payments grow sixfold in the past 12 months, and that Australia is the leading PayPass market in the world.

  • Editing Team 17:45 on October 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Bank of China to Launch NFC Payments in Hong Kong 

    Bank-of-China-NFC-e-Wallet-payment-rfid-blogBank of China (Hong Kong) is to introduce a microSD card-based NFC payments service before the end of the year. Selected customers will be able to use the BOC e-Wallet Mobile Payments Service “from Q4 2013”.

    BOC card and BOC China UnionPay dual currency credit card holders will be able to store their cards on the NFC microSD card and make payments with their mobile phone at MasterCard PayPass, UnionPay QuickPass and Visa PayWave terminals.

    “The BOC e-Wallet Mobile Payment Service will offer customers a new spending model with cross-functional, cross-currency and cross-regional flexibility locally and overseas,” says the bank’s Dickson So.

    BOC e-Wallet will initially be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy Note 2 LTE, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note2, Galaxy S3 and LG Optimus G Pro smartphones.

  • Editing Team 17:56 on July 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Italian Bank Partners with Vodafone to Test NFC Payments Service 

    Banca-Mediolanum-Vodafone-trial-NFC-payments-rfid-blogItalian financial services company Banca Mediolanum is working with mobile network operator Vodafone Italia to run a pilot in Milan to test NFC mobile payments.

    All 60 consumers involved are equipped with a Samsung Galaxy S III handset, pre-loaded with the bank’s mobile payment application, and containing an NFC SIM card provided by Vodafone.

    The app, developed by the bank in partnership with technology infrastructure and service provider SIA, is linked to a MasterCard prepaid card issued by the bank, called InMediolanum Conto Carta.

    Payments are deducted from the prepaid card account whenever a consumer makes a payment using their mobile phone at any contactless POS terminal. The trial is due to run until the commercial launch of the new mobile payments service, expected in early 2014.

    “The trial is taking place in Milan but we have had transactions also outside of Milan and outside Italy; some of our trialists tried the service outside the country, in England and the US.” said Banca Mediolanum.

    “The test has a double purpose; to test the new service from the technical point of view and from an experiential one, in order to collect qualitative feedback to understand properly the user experience and to position Banca Mediolanum among the first movers in Italy in the mobile payments service.”

    “During the first weeks of trial we have collected over 600 successful NFC transactions in over 200 different merchants, in Italy and outside of it.”

  • Editing Team 17:39 on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hang Seng Bank Announces NFC Payment Service in Hong Kong 


    Hang Seng Bank is bringing NFC to Hong Kong. According to a report from Inside Retail Asia, the Hong Kong-based bank, part of the HSBC Group, has launched the service through about 1,000 outlets in Hong Kong.

    Based on MasterCard’s PayPass technology, the service lets Hang Seng Bank customers with a MasterCard account and an NFC-enabled smartphone pay for purchases at merchants such as Pacific Coffee, Hung Fook Tong and Japan Home Centre by tapping their phones on contactless point of sale terminals.

    The bank said it expects the number of outlets across Hong Kong which accept the new mobile payment product to exceed 2,500 by later this summer.

    The mobile scheme requires users to get a free replacement NFC-SIM card installed in their enabled handset at PCCW-HKT stores and download the app. Once set up with the SIM and app, user can make contactless payments of HK$500 or less.

  • Editing Team 15:05 on March 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    MasterCard Launches Its First NFC Payment Project in Latin America 

    MasterCard-Mobile-PayPass-NFC-payment-rfid-blogMasterCard has announced the launch of NFC payment services in Brazil at the MWC, using MasterCard’s Mobile PayPass technology. MasterCard will work with Itaú, TIM, Redecard, and Gemalto to launch the project. It will provide consumers with greater convenience and speed when shopping, through a more secure, intelligent and simple payment option.

    Using Mobile PayPass, a consumer can simply tap their PayPass-enabled smartphone onto the merchant’s NFC-enabled POS from Redecard, and the payment is made instantaneously. Purchases are charged to a virtual account stored in the account holder’s smartphone and billed via the account holder’s Itaú issued statement, very similar to the way traditional payment card generated payments are billed today.

    This solution is ideal for environments where speed is of essence, such as fast food restaurants, public transportation, fuel service stations, drugstores, vending machines and movie theaters, among others.

    Additionally, as part of efforts to prepare the environment for the future of electronic payments, MasterCard is building the ability to connect MasterPass, its recently announced digital service, to a Mobile PayPass-enabled handset that has been provisioned for NFC payments at the cash register.

    Today, a number of smartphones equipped with the Mobile PayPass technology were made available to Itaú customers, which can be used at select merchant locations in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

  • Editing Team 17:19 on January 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Google Wallet Releases a New Version 

    Google has released a new version of its NFC-enabled Google Wallet app. Version 1.6-R96-v13 introduces improvements to the user interface, application stability and battery life, though there is still no sign of the major upgrade promised in October 2012.

    The Android app now includes three tabs at the top of the screen: “My Wallet”, “Transactions” and “Explore”.

    The My Wallet tab provides an image of the default “funding source” the user has selected with an option to “Tap to change or add card”. Options for viewing “My Offers”, “Rewards Cards” and “Gift Cards” are also available from this tab.


    The Transactions tab then enables users to view individual purchases made, with each showing the funding source used:


    The Explore tab shows two types of offers — “Featured Offers” that users can save to their wallet as well as “Nearby Offers”:


    There is no news yet, however, of when the next major upgrade to Google Wallet will be available. Google announced in October 2012 that a new version was on its way — a banner message on the Google Wallet website promises the next version is “coming soon” and allows users to request an invite — and this was originally expected to be released in November.

    Leaked images suggest that this new version will see the introduction of a physical companion card for the virtual MasterCard that was introduced with the major relaunch of Google Wallet in August 2012, as well as support for transit cards, peer-to-peer money transfers and both account deposits and withdrawals.

  • Editing Team 21:59 on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Orange Brings NFC Payments to Poland 

    Orange-Cash-Poland-NFC-payments-rfid-blogOrange has collaborated with mBank and MasterCard for the national launch of Orange Cash, a commercial NFC service available on 9 different mobile phone models. It’s Poland’s first commercial NFC payment service.

    The new service uses Orange SIMs to store an NFC version of a pre-paid MasterCard issued by mBank. The following 9 models of NFC phone are available to customers from launch:

    ■HTC One X

    ■Nokia Lumia 610

    ■Nokia 808 Pure View

    ■Sony Xperia S

    ■Sony Xperia P

    ■Sony Xperia T

    ■Samsung Galaxy S III

    ■BlackBerry Bold 9900

    ■BlackBerry Bold 9790

    The service will begin operations on Nov.1st, but customers can order the new service today from Orange.

    “I am convinced that thanks to the simplicity and convenience of Orange Cash, our customers will be happy to learn about the benefits of mobile NFC technology,” says Maciej Witucki, president of Orange Poland. “We hope that next year we can attract hundreds of thousands of customers.”

    “Over the past four years, Poland has become the undisputed leader in the development of contactless payments,” adds MasterCard’s Paul Rychliński. “Over one-third of payment terminals already support Mastercard PayPass technology and more than 10% of all card transactions in Poland are made with PayPass. In terms of the monthly number of such transactions, Poland is in the top three countries in the world.”

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