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No NFC technology needed for latest TD Canada Trust mobile payments solution

The new Canadian smartphone based option will allow Visa cards to be used without near field communication.

TD Canada Trust, one of the largest Canadian banks, has now launched a mobile payments solution that allows shoppers to use their Visa cards through their smartphones in order to make a purchase, regardless of whether or not the device uses NFC technology.

This not only makes it possible for more device models to be compatible, but it also beats many tech giants to this market.

At the moment, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and other top mobile payments services in the United States have yet to make their way into the Canadian space. This has allowed TD Canada Trust to make its way into this market and build its user base before the competition gets too fierce. Moreover, it has done so without the use of NFC technology, which has become the standard for many of the other popular mobile wallets, but that is not compatible with the majority of smartphones currently used in Canada.

The NFC technology free mobile payments app has now launched for the bank’s customers to use.

NFC Technology - TD BankThe TD Bank app has been updated so users with Android devices running 4.4 and higher will be able to add their TD Canada Trust issued Visa card and proceed to make mobile payments with their smartphones. Even without near field communication, the devices can be tapped against point of sale terminals in order to compete a purchase transaction.

This mobile app has managed to accomplish this goal through the use of Host Card Emulation (HCE), which removes the need for NFC SIM cards. It also meals that virtually any Android device (as long as it is running on 4.4 or newer and as long as it is running on any of the wireless networks within the country) will be compatible.

While this isn’t the first Canadian bank to implement this type option, absent of NFC technology, within its app – as the RBC Wallet for Android was launched several months ago – TD’s updated mobile app does represent a significant addition to the country’s mobile payments selection.

NFC technology based payment partnership begins between Verifone and Airtel

The agreement has been designed to give the two companies a new opportunity in the Ghana market.

Verifone Mobile Money has now partnered with Airtel Ghana in order to be able to provide a new mobile payments solution that is based on NFC technology that can be used through mobile devices within that country.

The near field communication based service will make it possible for consumers to “tap and pay”.

The idea behind the partnership is to be able to use this NFC technology to be able to provide consumers with a simpler and easier method of paying for the products and services that they wish to purchase. The transactions are designed to be both convenient and secure. This partnership will bring the strengths of both companies into a single transaction service that will become widely available.

The NFC technology based transactions will be available at a range of sale outlets across Ghana.

NFC Technology - PaymentsThese mobile payments will be available to be used by owners of NFC enabled devices at the many Airtel Merchants as well as other point of sale outlets throughout the country. This will provide a process for completing transactions that is very quick and easy. Once a customer reaches the checkout counter, all he or she needs to do is tap the near field communication enabled smartphone against a reader device in order to launch a payment by way of the individual’s mobile wallet.

That said, it will also be possible for people who don’t have NFC enabled smartphones to be able to pay by way of this technology by using an enabled sticker that will also give them the technology that they require.

The Verifone Mobile Money chief executive, Chris Jones spoke about the NFC technology based payments agreement between the two companies, saying that it “will deliver developed world technologies to the customers of Airtel Money. We believe that NFC technology and the roll out of contactless “tap and pay” across the African continent will help to realize the true economic benefits of cashless economies while driving mobile money adoption through an improved merchant payments experience.”