Global Payments and mobile operator 1O1O have launched a mobile point of sale service in Hong Kong.

The technology will allow merchants to use their tablet or smartphone to accept Visa, MasterCard and JCB card payments away from traditional countertop sales environments. Merchants can register for the service at a limited number of 1O1O Centres in Hong Kong.

Merchants accept payments using an EMV certified card reader that connects to an iOS or Android device.

"As merchants continue to look for ways to grow their businesses and enhance customer service, this new mobile payment service, combining Global Payments' world-class card processing expertise with 1O1O's leading mobile telecommunications network, creates significant value for merchants to accept card payments and expand sales beyond the conventional retail store environment," says Konrad Chan, president of North Asia for Global Payments Asia-Pacific Ltd., in a Dec. 11 press release.

Global Payments has formed partnerships in markets such as Brazil and the U.K. In the U.K., the company will work with PayPal as part of the eBay unit's rollout of the PayPal Here mobile card reader. Global Payments earlier this year said it would focus its strategy on Asian markets.

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