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.
Target Adds Mobile Payment Feature to its App
Target today made it possible for people to make in-store payments with their smartphones through the Target mobile app. Similar to Walmart’s offering, shoppers can link their debit cart to the new Wallet function within the Target app.
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.
MTA Approves $573M for Contactless Fare System
New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to do away with the aging MetroCard fare system in favor of one that supports contactless payments, reports the New York Times. The agency has approved a $573 million contract to update the system's turnstiles with new wireless readers that can accept smartphones and certain types of credit/debit cards.
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.
But I don't use trains or eat at Jack in the Box