Visa Europe: Mobile payments gather momentum

Newsroom 24/02/2014 | 13:59

80 million contactless cards lay the foundation for commercial mobile payments rollouts, according to Visa Europe.

Visa has doubled the availability of mobile payment services across Europe in the past 12 months. Mobile payments are now available nationwide in several markets across Europe. Visa has partnered with players across the mobile and payment industries to offer consumers a choice of secure, state-of-the-art services to help them pay, be paid and manage their money.

Highlights of the last twelve months include:

  • Europe’s largest commercial mobile contactless payments service confirmed to launch in Spain via Caixabank, Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica in Spain
  • The successful launch of Vodafone’s SmartPass mobile payments app – the first service for its mWallet – in Spain and Germany, with the UK and Netherlands due to launch from spring 2014
  • Orange Cash avec Visa launching in France, making mobile contactless payments available to Orange customers
  • Millions of credit card users in Turkey gaining access to NFC payments through Visa Europe’s work with Garanti Bank and Turkcell
  • A new partnership with Telecom Italia, which will lead to the launch of exciting new mobile payment services across the Italian market, later this year
  • 100% increase in the number of merchants signing up for Chip and PIN mPOS, bringing the total number of merchants to over 30,000 across 18 markets

Mary Carol Harris, Director of Mobile for Visa Europe, said: “Mobile payments can’t be delivered by just one company: it’s about creating the technology and also about having the scale to implement it. We sit at the heart of the new ecosystem, allowing our partners to bring mobile payments to life.”

Christian Wirtz, Vodafone Group mCommerce Director, said: “We are delighted to see mobile payments gaining momentum across Europe and we are excited to see what the future holds for our partnership with Visa to put mobile payments services in the hands of our customers.”

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