Sprint Launches NFC Trial in Bay Area
Sprint Nextel recently began trialling a near-field communications based mobile payment system in the Bay Area. Specifically, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system and Jack In The Box fast food restaurants in Oakland have agreed to allow users to use NFC-equipped mobile phones to make payments as well as discover and redeem discounts on services. Samsung is providing the handsets and Western Union is providing the mobile payment system. Users will have accounts with Western Union and purchases will be debited from stored credit on each handset.
Google Launching Android Pay Today
Google said it is making Android Pay, its reborn mobile payment service, available to Android handsets beginning today. The app will be pushed to small batches of users over the next week, according to Google.
Samsung Pay Wins Support from More Banks
Samsung today said Samsung Pay will soon be supported by more financial institutions. This means a broader range of consumers will be able to add their credit or debit cards to Samsung Pay.
Mastercard Adds Retail Mobile Payments to Bank Apps
Android owners will soon be able to use their own mobile banking app — rather than Android Pay or Samsung Pay — to make tap-and-go payments in stores. Mastercard has expanded its Masterpass program to mobile devices so consumers can make contactless payments at various retailers.
Capital One Adds NFC-Based Payments to Android App
Capital One today added tap-and-go mobile payment powers to its Android application, independent of services such as Android Pay or Samsung Pay. Capital One cardholders can add their debit card or credit card to the Capital One Android mobile app and make secure payments anywhere contactless payments are accepted.
Nokia Forms Alliance to Standardize Mobile Transit Tickets
Nokia's HERE Maps division and other companies today announced the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance, a new organization they hope will create a single, global standard for NFC-based mobile transit tickets. The goal of the OMTA is to develop a "register once, travel anywhere" system that's interoperable with payment vendors and transit operators around the world.
But I don't use trains or eat at Jack in the Box