Samsung Pay in India, Apple Pay in Ireland, Apple Pay might be coming to Belgium and Italy

Apple Pay launched in Ireland on March 7, Apple Insider reported. This means it is now available on the entire island. IPhone users can already use the app in Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK.

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Microsoft Reveals its Answer to Apple Pay

So far you can only access Visa (NYSE: V) and MasterCard (MA) through Microsoft Wallet. American Express and Discover are not mentioned at its website. Just eight banks are mentioned but only two major US banks accept it; Bank of America and US Bank. One major Canadian Bank TD Bank is also mentioned at the website. Chase is listed there as coming soon

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Some Great Alternatives to Checking

It is possible to survive without a checking account; and even live a fairly normal middle class life in modern day America. There are actually a wide variety of excellent alternatives to checking out there.

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The Big Payment App Battle: NFC vs QR Code

The real conflict in brick and mortar app payment is that there are two very different technologies in widespread use. This makes systems incompatible and effectively drives a wedge between the different companies offering payment solutions and their customers.

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Chase’s Big; and Possibly Desperate, Gamble on Mobile Payment

Chase has become the first bank to go live with a mobile payment solution similar to Apple Pay; Chase Pay. The Chase Pay website is now live; although the solution itself is not yet accepted in any retailers. Instead the digital wallet supports a number of lesser online retailers; including Harry & David, and 1-800 Flowers, in what looks suspiciously like a beta test.

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Current C is dead, Walmart building own Payment Ecosystem

t looks as if Current C is probably dead, but at least two major new payment apps are rising from its ashes. Both Walmart Pay and Chase Pay have the potential to be far larger than Apple Pay, which is bad news for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Those brands and not Apple Pay could be the future of payment.

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Square Accepts Apple Pay and Android Pay

The retail behemoths could also be locking themselves out of a huge market, by not accepting mobile payments or contactless payments. Statista estimates that Americans will spend $210.45 billion in contactless payments by 2019.[2]

The number of contactless payment users is also growing dramatically, in 2014 16.4 million Americans used contactless payments, Statista found. That number grew to 23.2 million at the end of 2015. It is expected to grow to 37.5 million by the end of 2016, 50.2 million by the end 2017, 58.8 million by New Year’s Day 2019 and 69.8 million by the end of 2020.[3]

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Apple Pay and Vending Machines

More importantly, payment apps could give vending machine operators a regular cash flow, that they could tap almost instantly. There would be less time spent counting money or making bank deposits. This could reduce the work and expenses of vending machine businesses.

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Is Redbox Doomed, or Is It a Great Contrarian Investment?

The problem is that demand for Redbox’s rental volume is falling off. The service’s usage peaked at 772.9 million in 2013 and fell to 717.1 million in 2014 and 587.6 million in 2015, Variety reported. This affected Outerwall’s revenue, which fell from $2.292 billion in December 2014 to $2.193 billion in December 2015.

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