Articles about proximity payments

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PayPal whips out barcode app for high-street glad rags

Vid PayPal's barcode-driven payment app has crossed the pond and now works in all manner of UK high-street stores … as long as they're selling women's frocks. Oasis, Coast, Warehouse and Karen Millen are chains that have taken the PayPal shilling - so (deep breath) wander into any of those, pick a new outfit, open PayPal's iOS or …
Bill Ray, 31 May 2012
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O2 launches Wallet: Plays pay-by-text card, again

Telefonica brand O2 has finally launched O2 Money version two: O2 Wallet, a pre-paid wallet held in the cloud and accessible from any mobile phone, regardless of the model or network. O2 Wallet is a cloud wallet from which one can transfer cash to any mobile number, in much the same way as Barclays' PingIt application, but O2 …
Bill Ray, 26 Apr 2012
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Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

Barclaycard has launched a proximity-payment token embedded in a sticker, ideally sized for affixing to the back of a mobile phone, as a stop gap until the handsets catch up. The Barclaycard PayTag is a sticker about a third of the size of a credit card, but does not have the chip contacts or magnetic stripe. It is linked to …
Bill Ray, 19 Apr 2012
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Tunbridge Wells' car park bonking offered new NFC logo

The NFC Forum is hoping a more laid-back approach to licensing will encourage use of its N-Mark logo, but those deploying NFC are still playing fast and loose with branding. Since admitting it had failed to protect the term "NFC" and the long form "Near Field Communications", which are both now generic terms, the NFC Forum has …
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2012
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Google pockets card payment biz, slips it into Wallet

Google has bought payment processor TxVia to beef up its Wallet offering, putting scalable payment and token management into the Chocolate Factory's hands. TxVia provides a back-end service for prepaid cards including gift tokens, loyalty schemes and travel cards. It has 100 million customers and links to all the important …
Bill Ray, 3 Apr 2012
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French buy over half a million NFC handsets from Orange

MWC Orange has convinced half a million people in France to buy NFC handsets, and Visa has been busy showing off Olympic payments, but O2 Money isn't going to wait that long. Orange is committed to a national rollout of NFC payments in France, and had been busy issuing NFC-capable SIMs to customers – even if they don't have an NFC …
Bill Ray, 2 Mar 2012
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EU asks why credit cards are so expensive

The European Commission is asking for input on better ways to integrate electronic payments across the European Community, and whether today's opaque billing mechanisms can be allowed to continue. The consultation – which talks about card payments but is most concerned with a future where e-payments and m-payments continue to …
Bill Ray, 19 Jan 2012
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Sprint tucks Google Wallet into new pay-by-tap phones

Sprint's two newly announced 4G handsets both support Google Wallet, bringing an important boost to Google's aspirations, but they also hammer the death nail into WiMAX in the USA. Sprint's last 4G handset, the "Sprint Nexus S 4G", was a WiMAX device, but Sprint has admitted backing the wrong 4G horse and is now transitioning …
Bill Ray, 10 Jan 2012
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Google Wallet hacked onto Verizon phones

Verizon's controversial decision to ask Google for Wallet-less builds of the Galaxy Nexus might be moot, as hackers have discovered that the functionality is there none the less. Hackers have managed to gain access to the Google Wallet functionality lurking within the Verizon spin of the Galaxy Nexus, allowing the telco's …
Bill Ray, 21 Dec 2011
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2016: Death of the wallet as NFC tap-cash arrives at last

Forrester research reckons 2016 will be the year when electronic cash takes off, thanks to PayPal, but over at ABI they're saying 2014 will see Google Wallet filling virtual pockets. Forrester's research is based on conversations with 10 "senior executives", while the ABI prediction comes from its "Mobile Wallet Strategies" …
Bill Ray, 24 Nov 2011
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NFC in a SIM: They might just have done it

It's not the first time the claim has been made, but this time it's backed, and demonstrated, by a reputable manufacturer, so every phone could be getting NFC soon. Inside Secure is an established player in the smart card industry, and promises to demonstrate a SIM with embedded Near Field Communications circuitry at the …
Bill Ray, 16 Nov 2011
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Visa to tell shops where their punters' wallets went next

Visa has become a minority partner in Beyond Analysis in order to better exploit the 11 billion transaction records it has knocking around on its servers. Visa handles a quarter of the money we spend in the UK, and has detailed records of what we spend it on, which it reckons is ripe for better exploitation. The company isn't …
Bill Ray, 15 Nov 2011
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Paypal emits cash swap tap app for Android

PayPal has updated its Android client to allow person-to-person transactions by tapping phones together, but without the complexity everyone else is using. Finally you can borrow an electronic tenner at the bar, just by tapping phones together. Assuming you both use PayPal, and have NFC-capable Android, handsets, and have the …
Bill Ray, 9 Nov 2011
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Pay-by-wave: At least it's better than being mugged

Analysis The public thinks that paying with a tap of the phone is risky, with criminals able to intercept and steal credentials, so it seems a good time to take a closer look at proximity payments. Orange Quick Tap is already deployed in the UK; we used one to buy cookies in Inverness and they were delicious. In the US Google Wallet is …
Bill Ray, 9 Nov 2011

iPhone gets NFC tap-cash tech

Discover is to run trials of pay-by-wave for iPhones in Chicago and Salt Lake City, despite having to strap the requisite radios to the outside of the Jesus mobes' cases. Apple's iPhone doesn't have the required Near-Field Communication hardware, and NFC Times reports that for the trials Discover will be using the iCarte case …
Bill Ray, 7 Nov 2011
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Google leads shoppers into pay-by-wave future

Macy's is to join the growing list of American retailers who'll accept payment with the tap of the telephone, or card, but no one is talking about the latter these days. Google is doing a sterling job pushing Americans to accept proximity payments, in the form of Google Wallet. Having signed up some iconic names including Toys …
Bill Ray, 18 Oct 2011
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Gulf scheme reveals BlackBerry SWP tap-cash support

MasterCard has announced it will be deploying PayPass in BlackBerrys in the United Arab Emirates, showing RIM's support for the Single Wire Protocol in the process. It isn't clear which RIM handsets will be able to use the system, which will allow Etisalat customers within UAE to pay for goods with a tap of the phone. But …
Bill Ray, 12 Oct 2011

Mobes to slurp messages, links over NFC

NFC devices are to get an optional open mailbox into which messages and requests can be dropped by other NFC devices, hopefully leading to cross-platform P2P applications. The near-field communications standard is largely concerned with devices reading passive tags, or interacting with point-of-sale kit, but peer-to-peer …
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2011

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