MasterCard to Enter Canada’s Debit Card Market in 2015

MasterCard recently announced it will be entering Canada's debit card market in 2015 in an effort to build its business outside of the United States. Rival Visa already operates in the Canadian debit card market, and it could face heavy … Continue reading

Line Messaging Platform Launches Mobile Payment Service

Line, a popular mobile messaging platform, recently announced it will be launching a new digital payment service. The program, known as Line Pay, was unveiled in October, but it could only be used in a handful of affiliate shops, such as … Continue reading

Canada May Allow Merchants to Decline Mobile Card Payments

As mobile payments increase in popularity, merchants in Canada are concerned about a possible increase in fees. As a result, the country's Finance Minister may announce an adjustment in Canada's code of conduct for credit and debit cards, allowing merchants to … Continue reading

Overhaul Expected with EU Mobile Payment Regulations

The EU may soon be getting new mobile payment laws. The European Commission has not released specifics of the regulations, but they are expected to take place in the spring of 2015. Nilixa Devlukia, a technical specialist for payments in … Continue reading

Starbucks Says It Handles 90% of All Mobile Payments

Mobile payments are becoming increasingly popular, especially with the introduction of Apple Pay. Starbucks was one of the first retailers to allow mobile payments in their coffeehouses, and this early entry is now paying off for them. Of the seven … Continue reading

Intel Develops Security Solution for Credit Card Transactions

As the world continues to strive for better credit card security, Intel has developed a hardware-software program to protect credit card and personal data from being stolen while a transaction is authorized. Once a buyer uses a credit card at a … Continue reading

Square’s New Cash App May Cut Into PayPal’s Market Share

Square's new app known as Cash allows a user to send cash to anyone with a mobile phone number or email address. The app's other options could make Square a force in the mobile payment world, and pose a threat … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 12, 2014

Apple Pay Could Make you Poorer The new Apple payment system has extraordinary promise. With Apple Pay, you might not need a wallet, and you can leave your credit and debit cards at home. In terms of ease and convenience, … Continue reading

PayPal Launches One-Touch Mobile Checkout for Apps

PayPal is aiming to make mobile app payments a little easier with the launch of its new product, One Touch. This platform helps merchants and app developers give their customers a convenient way to pay for products and services. One Touch … Continue reading

Prepaid Card Users More Likely to Adopt Mobile Payments

A new study shows prepaid card users are more likely to adopt mobile payments in America. The study from Packaged Facts, "Prepaid and Gift Cards in the U.S., 4th Edition," indicates a growing need for developers to enhance their mobile platforms … Continue reading

Apple’s Introduction May Lead to the End of the Plastic Credit Card

The date of September 9, 2014 may very well be the beginning of the end of the physical credit card. As we forecasted in June, there is a good chance Apple will announce a watch and/or phone on Tuesday that … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 5, 2014

Home Depot's Credit Cards May Have Been Hacked A massive batch of credit and debit card information that went on sale on a criminal Internet site Tuesday may be from Home Depot stores and could be linked to hackers responsible … Continue reading

Mobile Wallet Isis Changes Name to Softcard to Avoid Association with Terrorist Group

The mobile wallet formerly known as Isis has rebranded its product to Softcard in order to avoid any association or confusion with the violent Islamic militant group with the same name. "We have no interest in sharing a name with … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 15, 2014

Debt Collectors, What are Their Legal Limits? Collectors call again and again in the middle of dinner. They call the wrong person. They threaten. They take advantage of the latest technology to embarrass people. Often, they violate the law. Debt … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 1, 2014

A Third of Americans Delinquent on Debt More than a third of the country is in trouble when it comes to paying debts on time; 35% of Americans have debt in collections, according to a study out Tuesday from the … Continue reading

Visa Invests in LoopPay Mobile Wallet

Visa is investing in mobile wallet app LoopPay, a mobile payment solution accepted at a majority of retail point-of-sale terminals. LoopPay is designed to turn a phone into a credit card to swipe at a register. The app uses a traditional … Continue reading

Square Introduces New Reader for Chip-Based Credit Cards

Today, mobile payments company Square announced it has developed a new credit card reader that will make transactions with chip-enabled EMV cards. Square is a credit card reader that plugs into smartphones or tablets, allowing a credit or debit card … Continue reading

Google Wallet Now Supports Gift Cards

Google Wallet has introduced a helpful new option for gift card users, allowing them to load the card's balance directly to their phones. The new gift card support is part of a series of upgrades Google recently put into the … Continue reading

Visa Checkout Aims to be Faster Than a Mobile Wallet

Visa's new mobile application, known as Visa Checkout, hopes to speed up the checkout process for mobile phone users. Visa Checkout looks similar to V.me, which was launched in 2011. However, this program functions in an entirely new way, acting … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 11, 2014

Report Says Debt Settlement Companies May Leave Customers Worse Off Using a settlement company to help you dig out from underneath burdensome debt may sound appealing, but it may leave you worse off than when you started, according to new … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 6, 2014

Debt Collectors Have Figured Out a Way to Seize Your Wages and SavingsPeople with overdue bills have long complained of harassment from debt collectors, from late-night phone calls to frightening in-person visits. Now it appears the industry has found far … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 23, 2014

Microchips in our Passports and Credit Cards: Are They Safe? U.S. passports have them. And these days, many more U.S. credit cards are starting to carry them, too. The tiny plastic chips embedded in passports and credit cards are primarily … Continue reading

New App Helps Australian Schools Go Cashless

Commonwealth Bank and MasterCard have developed an app called Qkr to allow Australian parents to pay for school expenses with their mobile phones. Rather than giving their kids cash for school meals and fundraisers, parents can now take care of those costs … Continue reading

PayPal Tests Smartwatch Payment Option at Starbucks

PayPal is testing a new wireless smartwatch system at Starbucks that identifies you to the barista when you enter the store and allows you to pay for purchases. The new pilot program is currently being tested at a Starbucks located … Continue reading

New App Lets Chicago Drivers Pay Parking Meter with Credit Card

Drivers in Chicago may soon have a new way to pay at the parking meter. Thanks to the free ParkChicago app, these drivers can use their mobile phones to pay for their parking spaces by credit card. The app is … Continue reading

PayPal Here Redesigned to Accept Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards in Australia

PayPal Here is a mobile app and bluetooth device which allows small businesses in Australia to accept credit cards on their smartphones. The new model is designed to work with chip and PIN cards. Users will not have to plug … Continue reading

American Express Invests in International Mobile Credit Card Processor

Credit card giant American Express recently bought in a minority stake in India-based Ezetap, a mobile credit card processor that accepts both magnetic and chip-and-PIN cards with a simple dongle. Ezetap is similar to American-based Square since both devices process credit … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 28, 2014

Financial, Retail Industries Keep Cybersecurity Mistakes and Punishments Secret Even as cyberthreats grow in frequency and sophistication, the system for ensuring payment card security in the United States remains a closely guarded arrangement among the credit card networks who set … Continue reading

New App Connects Mobile Wallets with Card Readers

One of the main reasons many credit cardholders are not paying with a mobile wallet is because most retailers do not have the processing machines that work with this technology. It may take years for all retailers to install mobile-friendly … Continue reading

MasterCard and Web.com Launch New Payment Option

Web.com has developed a new add-on to its website hosting and design services, thanks to technology from MasterCard. The new option called Take-A-Payment provides a faster way for consumers and businesses to receive money from transactions on their websites. Take-A-Payment … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 31, 2014

Were You Charged $9.84? It Might Be Fraud Be on the lookout for a recent $9.84 charge on your debit or credit card. It might be part of a massive, worldwide scam. Thieves are using stolen payment cards to make … Continue reading

PayPal Continues to Go Mobile with StackMob

In an effort to claim an even bigger stake in the mobile payment market, PayPal has purchased the app-development company StackMob. The exact terms of the deal have not been disclosed at this time, but PayPal has confirmed that 18 … Continue reading

American Express Allows New Yorkers to Use Rewards for Cab Fare

American Express cardholders can now use their rewards points to pay taxi fares in New York City. The partnership with VeriFone will allow cardholders to redeem their Membership Rewards Points just like they are making a credit card payment. At the time for payment, American … Continue reading

Western Union Goes Mobile with U.S. Bank

Western Union, one of the largest money wiring networks in the world, recently announced that it would be partnering with U.S. Bank to offer mobile banking. U.S. Bank customers will be allowed to send money to other people directly through the … Continue reading

Groupon Expands into Credit Card Processing Industry with BreadCrumb

Groupon has struggled somewhat in the last few years, but the company has introduced a new mobile payment processing device that could make an impact on the industry. The product is called BreadCrumb and payments can be processed on smartphones, … Continue reading

40% of Small Businesses Now Use Mobile Credit Card Readers

Mobile credit card readers took a little time to gain global acceptance, but now they are fairly common. That is evident with the latest study by BIA/Kelsey, which tracks the advertising and marketing behaviors of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 21, 2013

Young Americans Are Ditching Credit Cards The number of young Americans who are living without credit cards has doubled since the recession. About 16% of consumers ages 18 to 29 didn't have a single credit card by the end of … Continue reading

Mobile Payments Make Their Way to Myanmar

Myanmar is the poorest country in Southeast Asia, and less than 15% of the population owns a mobile phone of any kind. In a remote area like this, having cash readily available for transactions can be difficult at best. Myanmar … Continue reading

School Fundraising Goes Mobile

PTO Today is a popular resource for school fundraising groups, and now its efforts are even more expansive. Thanks to a partnership with PayAnyWhere, PTO Today now allows school groups to accept money from credit and debit cards directly through … Continue reading

Mobile Banking Continues to Increase

More consumers are turning to their phones to take care of their banking needs according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve. The study, entitled Consumers and Mobile Financial Services and done in late November, showed that 28% of mobile … Continue reading

AmEx, Twitter Partner to Offer Pay-by-Tweet Shopping

Twitter is entering the growing mobile e-commerce market by expanding its relationship with American Express. Amex Sync will allow American Express cardholders to make purchases on Twitter through tweets that include special hashtags. The first offer will be for discounted … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update January 18

Banks Bury Fees in the Fine Print Pew's annual Safe Checking study has uncovered a number of items and fees that most consumers wouldn't have a clue about until they got hit with them. From mandatory arbitration clauses that waive jury … Continue reading

Smartphone Payments Inevitable but Consumers Are Somewhat Reluctant

Over six in ten Americans believe smartphone payments will eventually replace both payment card (66 percent) and cash (61 percent) transactions for a majority of purchases, according to a new poll by Harris Interactive. However, they don't believe it will … Continue reading