Payments via phone are now available for all Russian users of Android smartphones with NFC

July 10, 2015, St. Petersburg. – CardsMobile has announced the launch on Google Play of Wallet app enabling the user to use the smartphone payments via MasterCard® Contactless technology. Previously, this app has been exclusively distributed through pre-installation. Beta version of Wallet cloud edition makes it possible to issue MasterCard contactless cards from three banks into more than 100 Android smartphone models manufactured by Samsung, HTC, LG, Nexus, Sony, Huawei, and OnePlus. Estimated target audience of the app is 15 million of Russians*.

To start paying for purchases with the phone, the owner of a smartphone with Android 4.4 or higher has to download the app Wallet. Banking Cards, then select a MasterCard card form any of available banks and fill in the required fields of the form. Several minutes later, the card will be loaded to the smartphone. MasterCard mobile card can be used for payments in any shops that accept contactless cards, as well as for online payments**.

Wallet user doesn't need to be a client of a bank or visit a banking center: prepaid cards of TKS Bank and Russian Standard Bank available in the app can be issued by any Russian citizen of at least 18 years old. It is necessary to add funds before using the cards; one can do it via the app using another card, or via bank own service. The Wallet makes it possible also to issue an additional card to an existing bank account: one doesn't need to add funds to such mobile card, as the money is written off the banking account of the client. Currently only the clients of Bank Saint Petersburg can issue cards to existing bank accounts.

The launch of app beta version on Google Play was enabled by the Cloud-Based Payments Platform (СBPP) using MasterCard technology. This platform, based on Host-based Card Emulation (HCE) technology, makes it possible to issue and use MasterCard mobile cards securely on any mobile phones featuring Android 4.4 KitKat or higher and an NFC module. Previously the Wallet app has been pre-installed on a number of HTC, Sony and Philips phones with NFC module and integrated security chip.

MasterCard mobile cards in the Wallet preserve all benefits of a plastic card but let the user to leave home with just a smartphone in the pocket. The user can pay for any goods or services immediately after the card is issued, provided that there are funds added to the account. 

Just as any other proximity devices, it is possible to use MasterCard PayPass mobile cards for payment in the shops, parkings or urban transport - e.g., to pay for Aeroexpress, purchase the tickets in the ticket machines or refill the Troyka card in Moscow, pay passage through the ticket gate at any station of St. Petersburg subway, pay passage at some surface transport routes in Moscow and St. Petersburg, etc.

To see the full list of devices supporting the Wallet. Banking Cards app and to learn more about MasterСard contactless mobile card, please visit MasterCard web site dedicated to mobile NFC payments:

* CardsMobile estimate based on smartphone penetration statistics for the Russian market and the share of Android-based phones featuring an NFC module.

** Prepaid card of Russian Standard Bank can only be used on the territory of Russia.

Wallet app

Wallet is a mobile app developed by CardsMobile, Russian technology company. It allows the users of compatible Android-based smartphones to issue, securely store and use MasterCard contactless mobile banking cards for payments in online and offline shops, as well as cards for urban transport payments, electronic cents-off coupons and events' mobile tickets. To pay, the user has only to put the smartphone with the Wallet app installed against a proximity payment terminal or busman's validator.

App full version has been pre-installed on more than 1.1 million smartphones. Since July 2015, a beta version of Wallet app is available on Google Play to all owners of Android-based smartphones featuring an NFC module. The app is fully compatible with MasterCard and PCI DSS international security standards.

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MasterCard (NYSE: MA) 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 and MasterCard Facebook, join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

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MasterCard Contactless technology is an innovative contactless payment technology ensuring a fast secure and convenient way of paying for routine purchases and services. You don't have to pass to the cash keeper the card or any other device (mobile phone, sticker, wrist watch, etc.) supporting this technology - just tap on the terminal at the cash desk. When the purchase sum doesn't exceed RUR1000, you don't even need to enter the PIN code or sign the receipt.

More than 5 million cards with MasterCard PayPass have been issued in Russia. More than 3 million trading floors in 68 countries accept MasterCard Contactless payments (in Europe, 38 countries).

MasterCard PayPass network grows quickly in Russia. This technology is supported by various merchants and service businesses, such as small shops and department stores, dry-cleaners and pharmacies, cinemas and fast food restaurants, cafes and ticket offices at railway stations, etc.

Currently MasterCard Contactless technology expands quickly in Russian transportation industry. The first project for contactless transportation payments integration in Russia has been launched in 2011: contactless readers were installed on Aeroexpress ticket terminals. Later contactless payments were introduced in Moscow subway, on Aeroexpress ticket gates, in railway ticket offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod, on some bus routes in Moscow (K, 17т, 758, 883, 205k, 164k), and Moscow region (436, 344 and 456), on St. Petersburg bus route K-39 in St. Petersburg tram route 3.  

One of the most important projects has been implemented this year: contactless readers are installed on the ticket gates of all station of St. Petersburg subway (project started in January 2015).

For detailed information on innovative MasterCard PayPass contactless technology and the list of merchants and service businesses that accept MasterCard PayPass in Russia, please visit


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