Orange CEO fuels hope that Apple may grant 3rd-party apps & services access to iPhone NFC chip

Article Image The CEO of France-based carrier Orange has revealed that the company’s proprietary tap-to-pay wallet Orange Cash will arrive on the iPhone in a few weeks. That’s led to speculation that Apple could be preparing to allow third-party apps and services to access the iPhone’s NFC chip.

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There's a New Google Wallet in Town


Google on Wednesday released a revamped version of Google Wallet to keep the app alive following its imminent transformation into Android Pay, which began rolling out on Thursday. Google Wallet (New) also has a few capabilities that aren’t available in the about-to-be-promoted version. The original Google Wallet has been around since 2011. Its near-field communication capability lets users with compatible Android devices tap and pay for purchases at participating merchants.

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Apple's lobbying costs grew to $1.24M in Q1, still lag well behind rivals

Partially to push its new Apple Pay mobile wallet service, Apple boosted its lobbying efforts to a new high in the first quarter of 2015, though the company’s spending in Washington remains well behind rivals Google, Microsoft and others.



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Mobile Wallets as Credit Card Killers


Google Wallet, bitcoin and other payment systems have spent years trying to oust the credit card as the be-all and end-all of payment methods. Publications and pundits everywhere have been quick to hail new technologies as “credit card-killers,” and they’re not without justification. As a payment method, the credit card has lost whatever futuristic luster it may have once had. Magnetic stripes wear out, plastic snaps in half, and the incessant manual inputting of 16-digit numbers eventually gets tiresome.

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Google Pads Its Wallet


Google on Monday announced a two-pronged thrust to beef up its efforts in the mobile wallet arena. It has struck agreements with Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile to preinstall the Google Wallet app, including its tap-and-pay functionality, on Android phones the carriers will offer later this year in the United States. The devices must run KitKat or later versions of the Android operating system. Google also purchased the technology and IP of Softcard, a mobile wallet launched in 2010 jointly by the three carriers.

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LoopPay Deal Rolls Samsung Into Mobile Pay Arena


Samsung has purchased mobile payments firm LoopPay to create its own digital wallet. Samsung already was an investor in the startup, along with Visa and Synchrony Financial.
LoopPay’s contactless magnetic secure transmission technology works with magnetic stripe readers. “The one major advantage LoopPay/Samsung has over NFC and Google/Apple Pay is that currently it does not require a separate terminal to accept payments,” noted Andrew Stern, digital media editor for Copper Mobile.

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