Google recently took the opportunity to announce new partnership deals its Android Pay service had struck with a number of banking institutions from across the globe. The deal involves having these partner banks integrate the tech giant’s mobile payment system into their respective mobile apps. The banks include Bank of America, USAA, Bank of New Zealand, and mBank.
Apple’s mobile payment system continues to expand its list of banking institution and credit union partners by adding more than 20 new names in the United States and a couple more in Russia. The tech giant has been busy with Apple Pay in the last three months -- weeks ago it had debuted the contactless mode of payment in Taiwan as well as in Ireland, which increases the number of countries with support for Apple Pay to a total of 15.
Google has officially pulled the plug on its Hands Free mobile payment program, a scheme that basically allows Android users to pay wirelessly without ever having to worry about pulling out a card or even a handset. This project ran only in the South Bay area of the city of San Francisco in California. It worked by first recognizing if a user is inside a participating business establishment by way of his mobile device’s location services.
Injong Rhee, the vice president of Samsung, is happy to reveal that the South Korean tech giant’s own mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, has been used in about a hundred million transactions in its first twelve months.
It appears that it might already be possible for iOS mobile users who have access to the cardless automated teller machines (ATMs) that Bank of America rolled out earlier in 2016 to withdraw money from said machines by way of the Apple Pay contactless mode of payment installed in their iPhone devices.
Samsung's mobile payment service, aptly named Samsung Pay, has finally hit the European market. Earlier today, the South Korean firm launched its mobile payment platform in Spain, hitting a milestone as the first national rollout in Europe. Prior to this launch, Samsung Pay was only available in South Korea, the United States, and more recently in China.
Apple has just revealed that Apple Pay, its mobile payment system, will now support credit and debit cards running on the Visa or MasterCard credit networks, plus the Interac debit network, for all the top five major banking institutions, as well as two smaller bank entities, in Canada. Indeed, as of May 10th of this year, Apple Pay is already available from the following:
Samsung has recently revealed that it has forged new, strategic partnership deals with some of the foremost manufacturers of point of sale (POS) systems in the world, including Verifone, Ingenico Group, First Data and Clover, PAX Technology, Equinox, ID TECH, MagTek, USA ePay, and OTI Global.
Verizon Wireless, the biggest wireless carrier in American, and Samsung, the world’s number one seller of smartphones, have each launched limited time special offers for mobile users looking to use Android Pay and Samsung Pay mobile payment systems. Those who avail of the promos can get to receive freebies such as gift cards and even free gigabytes of data.
Attention, owners of Samsung’s newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge -- the South Korean mobile giant is offering a bonus $30 gift card for S7 or S7 Edge users who sign up for Samsung Pay and complete their first qualified purchase using the Samsung Pay mobile app.
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