MasterCard unveils MasterPass digital wallet technology

Macworld Australia Staff
25 February, 2013
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MasterCard has announced MasterPass, a new digital wallet in Australia that enables users to purchase products with a payment card or digital device.

Users are able to choose from a number of pre-stored cards and shipping addresses kept within the digital wallet, speeding up a payment by avoiding the need to manually enter payment details according to a MasterCard press release.

“It’s about convenience, accessibility and security,” said MasterCard Australasia Divisional President Eddie Grobler.

“With MasterPass, consumers can safely do their grocery shopping on the train on the way home from work, or make a last minute gift purchase on their lunch break, without the need to re-enter card and shipping details.”

Apple released its PassBook app last year alongside iOS 6 to provide a all-in-one location for boarding passes and store cards, however support for the technology has been slow in Australia. Airlines Virgin Australia and Qantas have adopted the technology in September and November respectively and Ticketek integrated PassBook support into a new iOS that launched in December.

Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, ME Bank, JB Hi-Fi, AHL, Harvey Norman, Roses Only, Merchant Warrior and Paycorp are all currently working to integrate the MasterCard technology.


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