MasterCard Talks Up Mobile Payment Technology


New Orleans - MasterCard unveiled its

PayPass Wallet

technology at CTIA Wireless 2012 to make it easier for people to buy online, whether through a smartphone, PC or Internet-connected TV.

The technology can also be incorporated in smartphones equipped with Nearfield Communications (NFC) for tap-and-go payment of purchases made at brick-and-mortar retail stores.

By 2016, the majority of smartphones will support NFC, enabling them to be payment devices, said MasterCard executive Gary Flood during a keynote speech. "We want to partner with you," Flood told the wireless industry in promoting his technology for use in smartphones.

With PayPass Wallet, consumers won't have to enter 16-digit credit card numbers or their shipping and billing addresses after they click on a PayPass Wallet icon on participating websites, said the MasterCard president for global products and solutions. Unlike competing services, consumers could use a single PayPass Wallet account to make payments via any of their existing credit cards, including American Express and Visa.

Eventually, the technology will make its way to NFC-equipped smartphones so that consumers can pay for a purchase by tapping their smartphone on PayPass-enabled point-of-sale terminals, which are compatible with contactless MasterCard credit cards.

Here's how the technology would work: A PayPass icon would appear on standard and mobile-optimized websites. Consumers would click on the icon and enter a user name and password, automatically entering a billing and shipping address and making the payment via a credit card account set as the default account.

So far, Barnes & Noble and American Airlines have agreed to put the PayPass button on their websites, the company said.

 Ed McLoughlin, who heads up MasterCard's emerging payments efforts, said the technology could also be used to pay for taxi rides via NFC.


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