mobile payments

Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Chinese customers can pay for Uber rides with Alipay app globally

Uber and Alipay have announced a tie up that will make it easier for Chinese Uber users to pay for rides. Under the new agreement Chinese travelers can pay for rides using either the Uber or the Alipay apps in all 400 cities where Uber operates. Alipay currently boasts over 450 million active users.

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Walmart Pay is arriving soon as iOS app updated with support

Walmart Pay is arriving soon as iOS app updated with support

Walmart Pay, the company’s own mobile pay alternative to Apple Pay and similar mobile payment systems, was announced late last year with the promise of coming to both iOS and Android. Though the payment option isn’t live in stores yet, it has made its way to the company’s iOS app, showing up in version 6.8 released this week. With it, users will be able to pay at the register with their phone, will receive a digital receipt in the app, and more.

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Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

Verizon offers users 2GB of data to try Android Pay

In this age of smartphone dominance, data caps from mobile carriers can be a real pain. Anytime a large chunk of free data is offered, customers should take notice. This is exactly the case for Verizon users, as the company just announced a promotion that will reward them with 2GB of free data at no charge. It's available to anyone with an Android device that supports Android Pay, and all they need to do is try out the contactless payment system three times.

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Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook is quietly working on a feature that will allow its users to make in-store purchases using its Messenger app, according to a new report. The feature and others were spotted in the app’s code, with other possible future features including “secret conversations” perhaps akin to what WhatsApp recently rolled out. Facebook is tipped to have a large team working on the new buying feature.

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Android Pay to finally debut in UK in coming months

Android Pay to finally debut in UK in coming months

While Google's Android Pay and its rival Apple Pay have had a fairly comparative start in the US, Apple's mobile payments system has had a big head start in the UK. It seems Google has been aware of this fact as well, as the company has announced that Android Pay will finally be coming to the UK, with a timeframe promise of within "the next few months."

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ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at 6,000 locations

ExxonMobil rolls out Apple Pay at 6,000 locations

Someday, the debit and credit cards that you carry in your wallet will hardly ever need to come out of your pocket. Instead, you'll be able to pay for practically everything using just your phone. And today, you'll have around 6,000 new places to pay with your iPhone.

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Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

During its I/O 2015 conference last year, Google introduced a mobile payment platform that is similar to Android Pay, and it’s called Hands Free. As the name suggests, Hands Free allows a payment to be made hands-free — all users have to do is announce they’d like to pay with Google. There have been few mentions about it until today, with Google announcing that Hands Free is expanding to people living in the South Bay region of San Francisco,

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MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard’s about to roll out selfie and fingerprint payments

MasterCard is about to change the way you authenticate your mobile payments, and it’ll simply require the hardware your phone (probably) already has: a front-facing camera and/or a fingerprint sensor. The company has announced a newly developed mobile technology that, once launched, will allow customers in North America and parts of Europe to authenticate their payments by snapping a selfie or scanning their finger, eliminating the need for PINS, passwords, and other more vulnerable codes.

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Apple Pay hits 2 million accepted locations worldwide

Apple Pay hits 2 million accepted locations worldwide

It may have started off a bit slow, with only a few select retailers offering support, but Apple's mobile payments system Apple Pay has reached acceptance at 2 million worldwide locations. That is a lot of places for users to make payments on the go with their iPhone 6, 6s, and Apple Watch, and it's well beyond the company's own goal of reaching 1.5 million retail outlets before the end of 2015.

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Target tipped in plan to launch mobile payment system

Target tipped in plan to launch mobile payment system

Target is looking into launching its own mobile payment system, according to sources. The company is tipped in the early stages of its effort, and sources indicate the service could launch in early 2016; however, because the project has only just started, it is possible the launch could be later in the year. While sources say the mobile payment system hasn’t been tested in any stores yet, the company has reportedly partnered with some credit card companies.

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Samsung Pay is heading to China in 2016 too

Samsung Pay is heading to China in 2016 too

Right on the heels of the announcement that Apple Pay is launching in China in early 2016, Samsung has done the same, revealing that its own mobile payments system will be available in the country at around the same time. Similar to Apple, Samsung Pay has reached a deal with China UnionPay, the nation's bankcard association, allowing its cardholders to user their compatible Samsung smartphone to make NFC-based payments at QuickPass point-of-sale terminals.

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Walmart announces Walmart Pay for QR code-based mobile payments

Walmart announces Walmart Pay for QR code-based mobile payments

Having resisted the growing presence of mobile payment systems from Apple, Google, and Samsung, retail giant Walmart today announced its own solution called — wait for it — Walmart Pay. The system is actually rolling out as an update to the existing Walmart app for both iOS and Android, and is set to be accepted at select Walmart stores starting on Thursday.

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