MasterCard (NYSE:MA) today announced it will enable Commonwealth Bank of Australia MasterCard cardholders to securely load and store payment account credentials on select flagship NFC-enabled Samsung devices, enabling fast and secure contactless payments. Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the first bank globally to collaborate with MasterCard and Samsung to offer this service to its customers, using Mobile MasterCard® PayPass™ within its CommBank app on the embedded secure element of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Commonwealth Bank customers can now easily add contactless payment functionality to their Samsung Galaxy S4, allowing for contactless payments at the more than 1.6 million MasterCard PayPass contactless merchant locations around the globe. This includes major retailers, convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and taxis – quick payment environments where speed and convenience matter most. MasterCard and Samsung, in partnership with financial institutions and mobile network operators worldwide, plan to complete similar service rollouts over the next year, including launches in Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine in the first quarter of 2014. Access to the secure element allows Samsung and other OEMs, mobile network operators and financial institutions to partner with MasterCard to deliver next-generation payment solutions to consumers. This includes MasterCard contactless technology and MasterPass™, the digital platform from MasterCard that enables partners to offer consumers enhanced payment and shopping experiences that are as simple as a click, tap or touch – online, in-store or anywhere. “With today’s news, we are ensuring that MasterCard cardholders can ‘light up’ Samsung devices for payments as they become available in the market,” said Mung Ki Woo, Group Executive, Mobile & Industry Alliances, MasterCard. “Our focus is on helping consumers shop and pay in a way that best fits their needs, across all of their devices. By working closely with Samsung – the global leader in mobile device manufacturing – and other device and chip manufacturers, mobile network operators and merchants, MasterCard is maintaining a leadership role in defining the future of payments.”
The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are two of the more than 140 devices, including 32 Samsung smartphones and tablets, certified as part of the MasterCard PayPass Ready program launched in May of 2012. Devices certified by MasterCard go through a rigorous testing process to ensure they are functionally reliable and interoperable.For more information including photos and videos, please view our full Digital Press Kit. About MasterCard MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews , join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau. About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.