MasterCard is talking to Merchant Customer Exchange executives about what role the card brand could play in the retailers' CurrentC mobile wallet, but the card brand insists it is just an interested observer in the merchant mobile wallet venture.

With MCX completing a deal with JPMorgan Chase this week to link Chase users to the CurrentC wallet, MasterCard is examining whether its MasterPass digital wallet or other services could play a new role with the merchants, said MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga. The CurrentC wallet is still in testing, Chase expects to support it in mid-2016.

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