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Mobile payment system LevelUp supporting NFC and Windows Phone

LevelUp ready to support NFC-based payments with new hardware

LevelUp already uses QR codes, next up is NFC

Boston-based startup, SCVNGR, developers of the LevelUp mobile payment platform, have announced the addition of NFC-based payment support. Currently, LevelUp uses apps on iOS, Android, and most recently, Windows Phone, to generate QR codes based on customer credit card accounts linked to the app. In turn, those codes are read by devices at payment counters, which are provided to vendors free of charge. The new NFC readers will add one more layer of convenience to the process.

In a humorous press release, which is par for the course, self-described Chief Ninja Seth Priebatsch had this to say.

"It's always been super important to us to make LevelUp work for any and every consumer on the planet. Our goal is to have LevelUp be the universal way to pay with whatever phone you may have, at whatever place you may be, whatever carrier you're on, whatever card you want to use and whatever technology you prefer. For us, that means being as open as possible to both consumer technologies and merchant point-of-sale systems to make the experience as simple as possible."

LevelUp recognized that "the proverbial fire has been lit for the industry" to start incorporating NFC in mobile devices like the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, both of which were announced yesterday in New York. 

You can see the full press release in its entirety after the break...

WP Central

BOSTON, MA — People have been asking us, "Hey, when will LevelUp support NFC?"

Our answer has always been a completely definitive, "Soon.... ish." Because we really plan to support any way people want to pay with their phones, from QR codes to NFC to ultrasonic signals and maybe, eventually, Vulcan Mind Meld. (Our engineers are on it.)

But, now that we know 100% for sure that the new iPhone will absolutely, positively have NFC (probably), let's just say we're not waiting any longer. The proverbial fire has been lit for the industry and we're announcing awesome, shiny new hardware that supports paying with NFC for any phone with NFC capabilities. The new hardware will, of course, still support QR code scanning as well. We're agnostic to how you want to pay, so long as you pay with LevelUp.

"It's always been super important to us to make LevelUp work for any and every consumer on the planet," said Seth Priebatsch, Chief Ninja at LevelUp. "Our goal is to have LevelUp be the universal way to pay with whatever phone you may have, at whatever place you may be, whatever carrier you're on, whatever card you want to use and whatever technology you prefer. For us, that means being as open as possible to both consumer technologies and merchant point-of-sale systems to make the experience as simple as possible."

We're using our magical forecasting abilities (powered by a combination of Farmer's Almanacs, unicorns and Mayan descendants) to predict that if Apple announces an iPhone with NFC, consumers will adopt NFC. Apple has always been a revolutionary, market-shifting company, so we'll support whatever the new iPhone throws at us. And, if this time around there isn't NFC in the iPhone, anyone with an NFC-enabled Android can pay using LevelUp's new terminals.

LevelUp's payment experience is all about value far beyond just the transaction. So however you want to pay, we'll support it. It's the savings on our interchange zero network (for both consumers and merchants) that makes LevelUp epic. Whether you prefer using LevelUp with NFC or QR Code, that's up to you!

The new hardware, as with the old hardware, will be available free of charge to merchants on LevelUp. And, over time, we'll upgrade all merchants to the newest hardware.

So, what are you waiting for? Do you have a phone with a screen? Do you have a phone with NFC? Download the LevelUp app for iPhone, Android or Windows and start using the revolutionary new way to pay today! Merchants -- want to start accepting the most universal mobile payment network out there with zero interchange fees? Visit our business page for more information.

About LevelUp

LevelUp is a revolutionary new way to pay. Users pay with their phone, saving time and money. Businesses pay 0% payment processing fees and re-invest those savings into growing their businesses by attracting new customers and bringing them back. LevelUp is a part of SCVNGR, which is backed by Google Ventures, Balderton Capital, Continental Advisors, Highland Capital, Transmedia Capital and T-Venture, the venture arm of Deutsche-Telekom.

 

WP Central

Truth be told, the Windows Phone app is actually very well done and we can't wait to see it get NFC abilities, especially since LevelUp's assumption about the iPhone 5 getting NFC may be premature. No sweat, as Windows Phone 8 will step in.

Pick up LevelUp for Windows Phone here in the Marketplace.

Source: SCVNGR; Via: FierceMobileContent

QR: LevelUP

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Comments

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CJ Thunder says:

When will scavenger come to WP? Did they concede to geocaching even though it's different? Oh...yeah, NFC payments...finally hitting a cluster fuck point. Hopefully all these different players don't turn off the layman.

Murgatroyd7 says:

That's pretty nifty, but I can almost guarantee that there isn't a single business in this town that will be compatible with this app.

It's slow but they're evidently in the major cities--NYC, Boston, Chicago, SF, etc.

wrystarr says:

Sounds very neat and interesting. But most of my customers do not have the technology yet to enable them to make contactless payment. What they do carry with them all the time are there cards still. So until the rest of the world catches up, I am quite happy with the mobile card reader I got from mPowa.