What Is NFC Payment Processing?

Near field communication (NFC) is a wireless payment form and the technology behind it lets consumers use their smartphones to pay for purchases. With smartphones now numbering in the hundreds of millions, payment solutions like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, PayPal, and others have become extremely important for businesses. Many more businesses and consumers are expected to join the digital wallet movement in the next few years.

How Does It Work?

Consumers can select the contactless payment company they prefer, whether it’s the native solution for their device (like Apple Pay) or an option like PayPal. They simply set up their digital wallet, link their bank account, and they’re ready to start making NFC payments—it’s as simple as that!

With a simple wave of a smartphone, a consumer can pay for items quickly and securely. NFC technology is a secure wireless communication type that transmits payment info quickly and efficiently.

Is It Safe?

With NFC payments, payment is verified by the customer via password, thumbprint, or other biometric authorization so there is no exchange of a physical card between the customer and merchant. This limits liability and fraud risk.

NFC adds an extra layer of protection, making it harder for fraudsters to steal sensitive account data. In actuality, making payments easy has never been so safe!

NFC Payment Benefits and Additional Information For Merchants:

  • The likelihood of fraud is significantly reduced with increased security and privacy for your customers.
  • Merchants are able to accept payments from millions of consumers that own smartphones.
  • The free equipment NMA offers is both EMV (chip card) and NFC compliant, so not only can you accept mobile payments, but you’ll also be up to EMV security standards.
  • New technology like NFC goes a long way in meeting the changing needs of your loyal customers.

The Bottom Line

Accepting NFC payments will be crucial for businesses going forward. Fortunately, National Merchants Association makes it easy for merchants of all types to get set up with terminals and point of sale (POS) systems capable of accepting NFC payments.

NMA’s payment solutions include processing for Apple Pay, Google Wallet, Android Pay, and other near-field communications and digital wallet payments. NMA works to keep the costs associated with accepting these payments as low as possible. 

Ready to bring NFC to your payment terminals? Reach out to NMA for more information or get started on your approval right away.