Discover has just revealed that it has secured an agreement with Apple that will let Discover cardmembers (those in the U.S., at least) to make contactless payments in participating stores through Apple Pay.
It’s yet another major financial services giant to warmly embrace Apple’s red-hot mobile payments platform.
“As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. “Discover’s focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient.”
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Payments, News, Platforms
According to Chicago media reports, Metra will soon roll out a new mobile ticket-purchasing platform for commuters that will be a game-changing resource for train passengers.
The system in question, which is set for release this summer, will enable riders to purchase tickets directly from their mobile devices.
To promote the upcoming app, Metra is increasing its penalty for onboard purchases to discourage riders from paying with cash after the app is released, according to a Jan. 23 Metra press release. The app is expected to help in the development of a regional app that is being created in conjunction with the Chicago Transit Authority and Pace bus service.
Posted in Marketing Strategy, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments, Technology
There was a time, in the not so distant past, when Square was the preeminent giant of the mobile payments world. And while its formidable presence persists, numerous competitors have made the mobile payments industry far more competitive than many could have predicted only a short time ago.
With heavyweights like Apple Pay and PayPal growing by leaps and bounds every month, it comes as no surprise that Square is ready to step up its game.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, News, Platforms, Smartphones
If you’re a Golf Channel watcher, it’s old news that the Arnold Palmer Invitational (API) began yesterday.
But it may be a surprise to many in attendance that the classic golf invitational has gone cutting edge with its warm embrace of mobile payments.
Spectators at the Arnold Palmer Invitational “no longer have to miss out on the action at the tournament with the introduction of the latest technology from MasterCard,” a news release provided to MMW explains.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Payments, News, Platforms, Technology
Of the endless array of vendors spread about the expansive gathering of presenters and companies at SXSW 2015, there’s one service category that’s hotter than ever this year.
We’re talking about mobile money and payments platforms.
One of the many standouts generating buzz is Singapore-based CoinPip, which is launching an open beta of their new money transfer service at SXSW.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, News, Platforms, Technology
Every year at SXSW, mobile payments technology captures a little more of the spotlight. With most of that spotlight deserving directed toward PayPal, we were eager to find out what PayPal’s primary message and objectives are at the festival this year.
Fortunately, the team at PayPal was immensely accommodating and welcomed MMW into their PayPal Social Media Lounge at SXSW for an in-depth one-on-one with Pablo Rodriguez, Head of Global Consumer Initiatives at PayPal.
With new innovations entering the mobile payments arena so frequently, Rodriguez tells us how PayPal continues to stay ahead of the pack, particularly with regard to making mobile payments ultra-convenient and secure.
Posted in Announcements, Mobile Apps, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Devices, Mobile Payments, Mobile Shopping, News, Platforms, Smartphones, Technology
The romance between hotels and mobile technology has now blossomed into a full blown raging love affair.
This week, Marriott International was the latest to be struck by Cupid’s mobile payments arrow, becoming the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay.
According to an announcement from the hotel giant, this represents the latest step in Marriott’s creation of a complete mobile-powered travel experience.
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