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Tap-to-Pay Added to Wearables

American Express and wearable device provider Jawbone are launching a new partnership giving eligible U.S. American Express card members the ability to “tap to pay” with the new Jawbone UP4 fitness tracker. This partnership and product launch marks the first time consumers can use a wearable fitness tracker with an embedded NFC chip for contactless American Express payments. The new Jawbone UP4 tracker is expected to be available for purchase in summer 2014. “We believe this unique technology will delight our active, digitally-savvy Card Members in a powerful way and drive a new type of engagement at hundreds of thousands of merchant locations nationwide.” Card members with an UP4 tracker will be able to connect an eligible American Express card via the latest UP app for iOS or Android: Once a card member has connected an eligible card to the UP4 system, they can tap to pay with their wearable fitness tracker anywhere American Express contactless payments are accepted in the U.S.

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