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Online Banking Used Over 100 Million Times a Day in S. Korea

Online Banking Used Over 100 Million Times a Day in S. Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – South Koreans use online banking services more than 100 million times a day via computers or smartphones, exceeding 53 trillion won (US$46.9 billion) in transactions, as an increasing number of customers are going online to check bank statements, wire cash, and get a loan. The Korea Institute of Finance [...]

Kakao Pay to Allow Users to ‘Sprinkle’ Their Cash with Friends

Kakao Pay to Allow Users to ‘Sprinkle’ Their Cash with Friends

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Pay announced on Monday that it will be adding a ‘sprinkle’ service using its money-wiring function. The ‘sprinkle’ service allows a user to share a certain amount of money with their friends in a KakaoTalk chatroom. The user first selects the number of recipients and the amount of [...]

62,000 Stores Join Zero Pay Transaction System

62,000 Stores Join Zero Pay Transaction System

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 60,000 member stores of popular franchises across South Korea will be participating in the new government-led Zero Pay program. The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Busan Metropolitan Government, and South Gyeongsang Provincial Office signed an agreement with 26 franchises on Monday to implement the [...]

Mobile Payments at Convenience Stores Spike This Year

Mobile Payments at Convenience Stores Spike This Year

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Mobile payments at South Korean convenience stores have more than doubled this year thanks to the greater use of smartphones and the expansion of mobile settlement services, a market player said Tuesday. South Korea’s top convenience store chain CU said the number of so-called easy mobile payments at its [...]

Ulsan and KT Agree to Develop Mobile Currency

Ulsan and KT Agree to Develop Mobile Currency

ULSAN, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The city of Ulsan and KT Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday to adopt a mobile currency for the city. The two parties agreed to carry out preparatory projects to adopt the local currency, conduct joint studies and research projects, exchange information, and discover innovative ideas that [...]

Local Samsung Pay Users Up 58 pct on-year in Oct.

Local Samsung Pay Users Up 58 pct on-year in Oct.

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co.’s payment tool, Samsung Pay, stood as South Korea’s top transaction app in October, data showed Tuesday, with the number of Android-based users rising 58 percent on-year. According to the data compiled by industry tracker WiseApp, Samsung Pay was the most popular financial application for the month, [...]

Seoul’s New QR Code Payment for Taxis to Prevent Overcharging

Seoul’s New QR Code Payment for Taxis to Prevent Overcharging

SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — For the first time in South Korea, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to adopt a system in which dynamic QR codes are used to easily pay taxi fares. The city’s plan for a QR code payment standard for taxis will be compatible with various payment methods. Starting in January [...]

Starbucks Korea Doubles Down on Cashless Stores

Starbucks Korea Doubles Down on Cashless Stores

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Starbucks Coffee Korea Co. is adding 300 more ‘cashless shops’ in addition to the 103 stores currently in operation, starting on Monday. Cashless stores recommend that customers use a means of payment other than cash. The company noted that adding 300 more cashless stores would amount to one-third of [...]

Nearly 35,000 S. Korean-owned Facebook Accounts Exposed to Data Leak

Nearly 35,000 S. Korean-owned Facebook Accounts Exposed to Data Leak

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly 35,000 South Korean-owned Facebook accounts are believed to have been hit by a data leak following the hacking of the U.S.-based online social media company last month, the nation’s communications watchdog said Sunday. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said 34,891 Facebook accounts owned by South Koreans were subject [...]