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Come February, Amex users won’t be able to pay with a Jawbone Up4

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Jawbone may have switched gears to medical devices, but there are some Up fitness trackers still out there. Those who use the Up4, Jawbone's most advanced tracker and one of the last it debuted before pulling out of the consumer-wearable market, won't be able to use its NFC payment feature for much longer. American Express customers who paired a card with their device are receiving notices that the partnership will end on January 31, 2018; the Up4 will no longer be able to make payments using American Express cards after that date.

The notice states that American Express will automatically disconnect the paired American Express card from the Up4 device on February 1, 2018, if not done by the user beforehand. To disconnect your American Express card before the cutoff date, go to the Amex Payments section of the Up4 app, tap "Manage," and then tap "Disconnect." American Express will be issuing a $10 credit to these accounts once the partnership officially ends.

Jawbone had a partnership with American Express that allowed Up4 users to pair an Amex account with the device to use with contactless payment readers. It worked well when the Up4 first debuted back in 2015, but it was relatively limited because users could only pair an American Express card to the device. Other contactless payment systems, including the new Fitbit Pay on the $300 Ionic smartwatch, allow for more than one connected credit card or bank per account.

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Apple Pay Expands to Singapore Via American Express, Visa Support on the Way


Apple Pay has expanded to Singapore, via a partnership with American Express. Apple noted the expansion of its contactless payments service via their website and its support documentation.

Apple Pay Expands to Singapore Via American Express, Visa Support on the Way


Apple Pay is available in Singapore through a partnership with American Express, first announced by Apple in October of 2015. By partnering with American Express, Apple has brought Apple Pay to Singapore, Canada, and Australia and will expand it to Hong Kong and Spain later this year.

The addition of Singapore brings the number of countries where Apple Pay is available to six, including: Canada, China, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

American Express cardholders can add their credit cards to the Wallet app on their iPhone by opening the app and tapping the “+” button. it can also be added by entering the “Settings” app, tapping the “Wallet & Apple Pay” menu option, and then tapping “Add Credit or Debit Card.”

Apple Watch users will need to enter the Watch app on their iPhone, Tap on the “Wallet & Apple Pay” option, and then tap the “Add Credit or Debit Card” option.

Support for Apple contactless payment service in Singapore is currently limited to American Express, however Apple says more major credit cards from top banks is on the way, “soon.” Visa is listed as a future credit card partner for Singapore, and DBS, UOB, and Standard Chartered banks are listed as upcoming financial institutions.

A number of retailers in Singapore will support Apple Pay payments from their customers, including: Starbucks, FairPrice, StarHub, Uniqlo, TopShop, and Shaw Theaters. A number of retailers that have NFC-equipped terminals will also accept the iPhone-based payments. More partners are on the way, such as BreadTalk, Cold Storage, FoodRepublic, Giant, and more. Uber and HomeAway Asia app users will also soon be able to pay via Apple Pay.

Apple Pay payments in Singapore are currently limited to payments of $100 and under.

Apple Pay Expected to Launch in China by February 2016

Apple-Pay-250x434 (1) copyApple plans to launch Apple Pay in mainland China before the weeklong Spring Festival starting February 8, 2016, also known as the Chinese New Year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The report claims Apple recently reached deals with China‘s big four state-run banks to launch Apple Pay, but the iPhone maker could still face regulatory hurdles in the country.

China’s big four state-run commercial banks include the Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and Agricultural Bank of China.

Alipay and Tenpay are currently the two largest electronic payment platforms in China, with nearly 64% combined market share, according to the report, citing research firm Analysys.

China’s only interbank network UnionPay holds a monopoly on the country’s credit and debit card processing, effectively blocking MasterCard and Visa. The state-run organization does offer some credit cards affiliated with American Express, MasterCard or Visa for use abroad.

One Chinese developer who has seen the latest beta version of Apple’s mobile-operating system said logos for China’s UnionPay can be found within the package. China UnionPay Co. press officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Apple is committed to an international expansion of Apple Pay, having launched the mobile payments service in Australia and Canada last week in partnership with American Express. Apple Pay is also coming to Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain in 2016.

China has also been an oft-rumored candidate for Apple Pay. Apple CEO Tim Cook told Chinese news agency Xinhua in May that Apple “very much want to get Apple Pay in China,” adding that he is “very bullish on Apple Pay in China.”

Apple has registered an entity in the Shanghai free-trade zone to prepare for the launch of Apple Pay in China, the WSJ previously reported. Apple Technology Service (Shanghai) Ltd. was registered on June 10, per the Shanghai government’s company registry.

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Apple’s latest guided tour video shows you how to set up Apple Pay

Apple has released a new guided tour video for Apple Pay today, giving a brief overview of how to set up and use the service on your iPhone. Clocking in at just over a minute long, the video shown above goes over the security features of Apple Pay before diving into the setup. The video finishes by showing users what logos to look out for when looking for a place to use Apple Pay, along with a final demonstration of a quick purchase.

For a lot of users, this will look familiar, but it couldn’t come at a better time. Apple Pay launched in both Canada and Australia earlier this week for American Express users, and there are sure to be a ton of new people setting the service up on their iPhones. If you’re interested, or just want to show a family member how to get started with Apple Pay, be sure to check out the full video above.

Source: Apple (YouTube)

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Apple Pay arrives in Australia for Amex cardholders – CNET

Just like in Canada, only cards issued directly by American Express will support Apple’s mobile payment system.

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