HSBC and First Direct customers in the UK can now use Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2015

Two weeks after Apple Pay launched in the United Kingdom, HSBC and First Direct customers can now use the service. Both banks were originally supposed to support Apple Pay at launch, and were even mentioned in Apple’s support document listing participating banks, but were delayed due to “some issues” until late July.

Apple Pay in the UK imposes a £20 transaction limit as a security measure due to outdated POS terminals. Apple said the £20 limit will increase to £30 in September. The cap will go away once retailers roll out more modern contactless payment terminals. Read More

 

Apple Pay launches in UK with Barclays, First Direct, HSBC and others joining soon

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

As promised, Apple Pay has officially launched today in the United Kingdom. While the service is accepted virtually anywhere there’s NFC, only cards issued by US, and now UK banks, can be added to Apple Pay for the time being.

According to Apple’s website, the contactless mobile payment solution is supported across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland via cards from American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank.

According to The Telegraph, UK users can now pay with Apple Pay at more than 250,000 points of sale throughout the country, including Waitrose and London’s transportation networks. Read More

 

MasterCard accepting Apple Pay for 2015 MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2015

MasterCard on Friday announced it’ll enable Apple Pay at Great American Ball Park in time for the 2015 MLB All-Star game. Fans attending the game in Cincinnati will be permitted to pay for on-site food and merchandise with their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch during the week-long festivities, the card issuer has said.

Realized through partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the initiative will bring NFC contactless payment acceptance to the 2015 MLB All-Star Week festivities so owners of NFC-enabled Android handsets may be able to make on-site purchases with their phones. Read More

 

How to set up and use Apple Pay with Apple Watch

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

The Apple Watch has built-in NFC, which stands for Near-Field Communication, for making wireless payments on the go. And in a typical Apple fashion, the watch doesn’t even have to be in the range of its paired iPhone, nor does it have to establish a network connection, to make the payment.

Before you can start making payments with a flick of your wrist, you’re going to need to set up Apple Pay on your Apple Watch. In this tutorial, I’m going to lay it all out for your and explain how to set up, manage and use Apple Pay with your Apple Watch. Read More

 

Google’s new Hands Free app will let you pay in stores without even reaching for your phone

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

If you thought paying with Apple Pay is ridiculously easy and frictionless, think again. No, I’m not referring to Android Pay, Google’s near exact replica of Apple Pay that was unveiled at Google I/O yesterday.

Quietly unveiled yesterday, Hands Free is a new Google mobile app currently unavailable to the general public that promises to let you make in-store purchases without ever reaching for that phone in your pocket.

Details are scarce at the moment but it seems that Hands Free requires you to just tell the cashier you’d like to pay with Google. It’s basically Android Pay without taking your phone. Read More

 

NYT: Apple Pay rewards program debuting soon, Google revamps Wallet and readies Android Pay

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015

Apple is about to make its mobile payment system even more appealing to merchants and customers with a likely introduction of a rewards program for Apple Pay at WWDC next month, The New York Times said Thursday.

“Apple is preparing to announce details about enhancements to Apple Pay at its software conference next month,” reads the article. “Those include a rewards program for the mobile wallet service, said two people briefed on the product.” Read More

 

PayPal finally adds Touch ID protection to iPhone payment app

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

PayPal’s official iPhone app in the App Store has at last received support for Touch ID authentication, nearly two years following Apple’s debut of fingerprint scanning with the iPhone 5s’s fall 2013 introduction.

As a daily PayPal user, it was annoying that the mobile app would ask me to provide my PayPal password on each run. Now that Touch ID has come to the rescue, this option, once enabled in settings, lets me authorize app access easily and securely with my fingerprint.

This is what Touch ID was created for, to protect sensitive personal information like online banking, PayPal transactions and so forth. I wish PayPal supported Touch ID much sooner but it’s better late than never, I guess. Read More

 

Survey: Apple Pay surpasses PayPal in mobile payments

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 21, 2015

Apple Pay is picking up steam and has hit an important milestone: the service is outperforming PayPal in mobile payments, according to a new 451 Research survey shared with iDownloadBlog on Tuesday. It’s been gaining momentum in the mobile payments space since becoming available six months ago, primarily at the expense of PayPal.

The March study, conducted by 451 Research’s ChangeWave service, consisted of 4,168 respondents primarily based in North America, and looked at planned use of mobile payment applications and the issue of security.

Respondents interested in buying an Apple Watch are twice as likely (54 percent) as all other smartphone owners to say they’ll use mobile payment apps (29 percent said ‘Very Likely’ and 25 percent said ‘Somewhat Likely’).

And overall consumer interest in Samsung’s mobile payments service (which is launching this summer) sits at a meager eight percent of respondents who are ‘Very Likely’ or ‘Somewhat Likely’ to use Samsung Pay in the future. Read More

 

Apple Pay reportedly launches in Canada in November, banks mulling secondary authentication

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

It appears that the rumor which asserted that talks about bringing Apple Pay to more countries were stalling isn’t entirely accurate after all. As CNBC tweeted out on Friday, based on a Dow Jones report, Apple aims to launch Apple Pay in Canada this fall, marking the start of its international expansion of the mobile payment service.

Apparently, the Cupertino firm is in talks with the country’s six biggest banks about a potential November launch for Apple Pay’s first venture outside the U.S. Read More

 

Chase says it’s activated over 1 million Apple Pay accounts

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2015

Chase Bank has provisioned over one million wallets with Apple Pay since the service launched in October 2014. As noted by AppleInsider, the company made the announcement during an investors conference call on Tuesday.

“We continue to see good growth in the number of consumers that are provisioning Chase cards in their Apple Pay wallet,” said Chase’s Eileen Serra. “And as more merchants adopt, I would expect to see more traction here, as well.” Read More

 

Visa bringing tokenization to Europe by mid-April, paving the way for Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Tuesday, financial services corporation and credit card issuer Visa announced that it will be rolling out tokenization technology in Europe by mid-April, a move that could speed up the arrival of Apple Pay and other new contactless payment services to the 743 million people continent.

The payment tokenization technology will be “be at the heart of new mobile payment solutions.” Needless to say, Apple Pay has mainstreamed tokenization, which basically replaces sensitive credit card and payment information with a one-time digital token exchanged between your iPhone and an NFC-enabled payment terminal. Read More

 

JetBlue Airways becomes the first US airline to accept Apple Pay for in-flight purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Sky is definitely not the limit for Apple’s mobile payment service as JetBlue Airways announced on Tuesday that it will very soon start accepting Apple Pay for in-flight purchases of premium offerings, such as EatUp snack boxes and à la carte food options from the EatUp Café, premium beverages, onboard amenities and Even More Space seating.

The airline will start accepting Apple Pay on select JetBlue transcontinental flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco in mid-February. Apple Pay will roll out to additional flights beginning in March, with all JetBlue flights accepting Apple Pay by June. Read More

 

You can now send money via Western Union and pay bills using Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Western Union just issued a press release this morning announcing that its rolling out support for Apple Pay at thousands of its flagship locations and kiosks. By accepting Apple Pay, customers will be able to transfer money and pay bills via Western Union with their iPhone and Apple Pay. Read More

 

Disney World confirms accepting Apple Pay beginning December 24

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 22, 2014

Disney World confirmed this morning that it will be accepting Apple Pay starting Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Supporting Apple’s mobile payment solution by Disney’s theme park empire in time for the holidays will allow visitors who own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to use it to make contactless payments.

Apple Pay will be accepted in most Disney World stores, quick service restaurants, bars and to purchase tickets. Read More

 

Samsung allegedly taking on Apple Pay with ubiquitous solution powered by LoopPay

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

Re/code is reporting that Samsung is prepping a response to Apple Pay in the form of its own mobile payment solution that doesn’t require NFC and should support virtually 100 percent of credit cards and payment terminals.

The service should be announced sometime in 2015 as the South Korean giant is reportedly in talks with the Burlington, Massachusetts based mobile payments startup LoopPay about possibly incorporating their technology into its wireless mobile payment system. Read More

 

Google Wallet for iPhone adds Touch ID and iPhone 6 support, more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2014

The Internet giant Google has upped the ante in the mobile payment arena with Tuesday’s refresh to its Wallet iOS app. The new version brings out support for Touch ID allowing owners of the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and the iPhone 5s and onward to unlock the app with their finger.

And with native display support for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus display resolutions, the app now takes full advantage of the screen real estate available to owners of Apple’s latest handsets. Read More

 

Square confirms adding Apple Pay support in 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2014

Square, the increasingly popular mobile payment and processing firm, is going to support Apple Pay soon. That’s the gist of a comment CEO Jack Dorsey (who co-founded Twitter) made speaking with CNN Money. Apple Pay integration in the Square Reader will require a new hardware iteration of the accessory with built-in NFC circuitry.

Apple Pay, which also relies on NFC, will become available as an option for Square users sometime in 2015. Read More

 

America First Credit Union’s Visa cards now accepted in Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2014

America First Credit Union said in a media release Thursday that cardholders can now use its America First Visa credit and debit cards with Apple Pay. In addition, as explained in a FAQ outlining the service, customers can also use their Visa Business credit and debit cards with Apple’s mobile payment service.

Apple Pay is accepted at more than 220,000 retailers and does not require any special merchant equipment aside from a standard NFC-enabled terminal. Read More

 

PayPal mobile payments app now available for the Pebble smartwatch

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

PayPal has announced that its popular mobile payments app is now available for the Pebble smartwatch. In a blog post, first spotted by VentureBeat, the company said that owners can now pay for goods and services at select locations using their Pebble, linked to their PayPal account.

Users can make PayPal payments using one of two methods: by checking into a store using the PayPal app, or by providing the store with an auto-generated payment code. Both ways require that the particular location support PayPal payments, and the latter requires special POS hardware. Read More

 

Snapchat app updated with support for new Snapcash service

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Snapchat updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 8. The update activates the company’s new ‘Snapcash’ money transfer service, which it announced yesterday, that allows users to quickly send money to one another by simply sending a message.

Snapcash is a collaborative project between Snapchat and Square, built using the SquareCash concept. SquareCash allows users to send money via email, text message and Bluetooth with little friction, so it’s not hard to see how they made the jump to Snapchat. Read More

 
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