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mobile payments

mobile-money-cash-phone M-commerce: Usablenet integrates PayPal mobile payment for retailers

Usablenet is an m-commerce provider with a really, really serious portfolio of happy clients. Within the last year it has created successful mobile properties for some serious retailers. I’m not talking about single shops here – I’m talking about companies with hundreds of locations and massive on-line stores, including M&S and Chico’s. And now it has announced that PayPal’s Mobile Express Checkout will be integrated into it’s offering. Continue reading

orange tiny top ups Orange UK allows “Tiny Top Ups” – as low as 10p!

Orange UK has launched a somewhat hilarious and somewhat brilliant new service today. It’s called Tiny Top Ups, and it allows you to top up your Pay As You Go account with the change in your pocket. Literally – you can top up by 10p if that’s all you have on you. Continue reading

mobile-money-cash-phone Hate doing your taxes? Let your mobile take over…

An extremely useful mobile app, pioneered by a military bank in America, allowed you to cash cheques by taking a picture of them. The same kind of process is being used by a company called TurboTax to help people file their taxes. Continue reading

mobile money cash feature Mobile commerce speeds up over Christmas, unlikely to slow down

The worlds of shopping and mobile collided heavily this Christmas. There was an explosion in the number of services that combined various mobile technologies with shopping, including barcodes, location and payments. And with Google barreling into mobile payments, eBay reporting massive boosts and Wells Fargo pushing it’s staff into a mobile trial, it seems likely that mobile commerce will continue to gather speed this year. Especially regarding NFC. Continue reading

early adopters of mobile money are key - perelmuter Mobile commerce: Meeting the consumer halfway?

As 2010 – a year of booms, busts, mergers and consolidation – finally comes to a close, the mobile industry is already looking ahead to the potential opportunities for 2011. One trend that gathered momentum in 2010 and which looks to be further building support for next year is mobile commerce. For too long the mobile retail sector stayed virtually at a standstill. However, in the latter half of the year, and most notably in the run up to Christmas, mobile commerce began to take centre stage. Continue reading

MACH logo Mach survey highlights unfriendly billing

Rating: Mobile apps being held back by poor payment methods

One of our hobby-horses here at GoMo News, is that the lack of acceptable and easy payment methods is holding back the monetisation of mobile apps. We’ve just stumbled across research carried out at the Apps World show in November 2010 which seems to vindicate this view. The survey was conducted on behalf of Mach, the operator software vendor, and one of the findings was massive support for operator billing. As usual, no-one openly criticises PayPal as being an unacceptable alternative. The fact that systems like Shazam can only work with debit or credit cards also never seems to get a mention. Continue reading

mobile-phone-nfc-wireless Mobile NFC explodes as the biggest operators announce launches

If there was any doubt that Near Field Communications (NFC) was going to be a massive industry in 2011, let it be dispelled now. This week has seen some of the biggest operators in the world announcing massive support for the technology. Continue reading

mobile money cash feature Where is mobile banking? mBlox notices serious services gap in UK

mBlox is a mobile “transaction” network – it deals in particular with messaging, payments and advertising on mobile. Today it has released a look at what kinds of mobile services are being offered to UK consumers from their banks, and there are some surprising gaps in the market. Continue reading

mobile money cash feature Mobile money: international mobile commerce platform from KDDI and MFIC

Another company has entered into the expanding mobile commerce market in a big way. Massive Japanese telecoms firm KDDI Corporation has announced a $22 million investment in a US financial services provider, Microfinance International Corporation (MFIC) – with the goal of creating an international mobile money platform that any mobile network operator the world around can make use of. Continue reading

mobile money cash feature Mobile money and payments hot news: Nokia, NFC and person-to-person

Today has seen a small explosion of great mobile payments and money services stories. In this GoMo News round-up of today’s hottest mobile money stories, we see new technologies, new markets and new payment methods from companies around the world. Continue reading

china mobile TD-LTE Mobile banking: China Mobile may face opposition to pet bank plans

Despite regulator concerns along the way, China Mobile seems determined to roll out comprehensive mobile banking services to it’s subscribers. With Shanghai Pudong Development (SPD) Bank, which China Mobile owns 20% of, it is planning to launch a wide range of financial products. But it would seem that regulatory issues are raising their heads once again. Continue reading

mobile money cash feature It’s time to get realistic about mobile payments

Mobile shopping is in the news a lot this holiday season. It has mostly been appearing in the form of services like ShopSavvy or shopkick – where the mobile is used to compare prices, or earn location-based rewards. But a lot of people are trying to make mobile payments more attractive consumers, where they can actually use their phone to pay for goods instead of cash or a credit card. We spoke to Jay Emmet, General Manager of OpenMarket, about the need for the mobile payments industry to get real. Continue reading

mobile shopping iphone feature Mobile shoppers WILL spend money this Christmas, says IDC

IDC Retail Insights has released figures claiming that mobile shoppers will account for over 30% of all money spent this holiday season by consumers in the US. This comes shortly after figures released by the Mobile Marketing Association claims that only 4% of US consumers are planning to use their phones to pay for goods. It’s worth taking a look at the IDC claims, because they’re incredibly misleading. Continue reading

mobile-money-cash-phone Mobile payments: Tyfone wins NFC microSD patent

Based out of the US and India, Tyfone is a mobile payments technology company with a pretty decent selection of offerings. Today, it has announced a big win in the mobile patents area – it now holds the patent on using microSD cards to power mobile payments. Continue reading

mobile-phone-nfc-wireless Mobile payment by NFC built into Android 2.3

One of the really hot topics this holiday season is mobile payments. There’ve been a multitude of stories about it on GoMo, along with two feature interviews coming up. Google isn’t staying quiet on the topic, and has announced that the soon-to-be-release Android 2.3 OS will have mobile payment built into it. Continue reading