MasterPass QR code central to Ecobank cashless campaign

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The bank has launched this new solution for merchants in order to let them use mobile devices to accept payments. The EcoBank MasterPass QR code based mobile payments solution launched with small merchants in mind. This service makes it possible for merchants to use their mobile phones to accept payments from their customers. This solution is the result of a partnership between Ecobank and MasterCard in a broader retail payment strategy. Through the MasterPass QR code, Ecobank’s merchant customers can use any mobile device to accept payments. This eliminates the…

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Mobile payments fees could break the $37 billion mark in 2 years

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Revenues through smartphone and tablet based banking, money transfers and remote payments are skyrocketing. According to a recent study by Informa Telecoms & Media, service revenues or fees for various mobile payments services could break the $37 billion mark by the year 2016. Newly released m-commerce data has shown that these transactions could skyrocket over the next two years. The report from Informa suggested that the mobile payments markets that stand to enjoy the greatest opportunities in earning service fee revenues are in remote transactions for services and products, as…

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Mobile commerce platform embraced by UK banks

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Five banks to pick up Zapp mobile commerce platform later this year Five of the United Kingdom’s largest banks are set to embrace mobile payments. First Direct, Nationwide, Santander, Metro Bank, and HSBC are moving to provide their combined 18 million customers with the ability to make mobile payments leveraging QR codes and NFC technology later this year. This will be made possible through the use of Zapp, a mobile commerce platform from VocaLink. The five banks have adopted the platform as a way to make it easier for mobile…

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Bump Pay app allows smartphone owners to exchange funds

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Bump Pay, the second app by Bump Labs, has brought the company into the mobile payments market, allowing its users to tap their phones together in order to exchange money. The Bump Pay app has been developed based on the core technology of the company, which gives two smartphones the ability to transfer data to one another simply by tapping them together. This differs from near field communication (NFC) – which is the foundation of the Google Wallet – in that it requires the two devices to make physical contact…

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Google makes new fee-splitting offer to carriers to increase adoption of Google Wallet

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Though Google Wallet found its start last year to launch that company’s entry into the mobile payments sphere, the service has failed to take off as expected, due to the large amount of competition and its reliance on NFC technology, which remains limited among handsets. In order to overcome some of the struggles presented by those hurdles, reports are indicating that Google has been considering making cost sharing offers to carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, to entice them to adopt the technology so that Google Wallet will increase…

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Mac World report shows Apple’s mobile payment market share is growing

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According to a Mac World report, has shown that a growing number of companies are entering into the rush to be able to process credit cards over mobile, and as they develop their own hardware and apps to accomplish this goal, the majority of them are basing their efforts on Apple’s iOS platform. It has been speculated that the reason for this is that the Apple mobile products represent the largest market share, and because the most popular smartphone in the United States is the iPhone. Moreover, the sales of…

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eBay sells Rent.com to Primedia to concentrate on mobile commerce and payments

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eBay has announced that it will be selling off Rent.com, one of its online properties, which has been purchased by Primedia. This will allow the largest online marketplace in the world to concentrate its efforts on the heart of its e-commerce and payments businesses, including their relatively newly introduced mobile elements. Rent.com was originally acquired by eBay in 2004, for a purchase price of $400 million. This gave the company an important step into the online real estate marketplace. Rent.com remains one of the biggest American apartment listing services, with…

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Is it too early to gauge Google Wallet’s successes and failures?

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Many reports have been released indicating that Google is considering ways to rework its Google Wallet, based on the recent announcement that two of the execs involved in the project have left it, and that the company is scrambling to try to get as many wireless carriers to sign on to offer the mobile wallet as possible. This has led many to assume that Google Wallet is facing significant unexpected struggles, though there have been a small number of analysts who have said that it remains far too early to…

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Pinkberry announces implementation of Google Wallet

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Pinkberry has announced that it has expanded its current mobile strategy to include the implementation of the Google Wallet, to allow consumers to pay for their purchases, receive discounts, and redeem coupons, through the use of their mobile devices. The yogurt retailer, Pinkberry, started in 2005 in California, and that has since spread across the country and around the world with more than 175 locations. Through a partnership with Micros Systems Inc., Pinkberry has been able to implement the mobile wallet, which is now live in 69 different American locations.…

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Moosejaw outdoor apparel and gear retailer offers mobile payment for purchases

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Outdoor apparel and gear retailer, Moosejaw, has announced that customers can now make purchases from anywhere within its stores using mobile devices. This has been made possible through the use of Linea-pro, from Infinite Peripherals Inc. (IPC) in combination with the fourth generation devices of Apple iPod Touch in order to provide consumers with quick and convenient options for making purchases. According to the Moosejaw senior vice president of marketing and technology, Eoin Comerford, in a company press release, by using a one-dimensional or 2-dimensional barcode scanner and a magnetic…

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Mobile pay ready to come out of the shadow

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We have been hearing for a while now that some form of mobile payments was going to become the third most popular way for us to pay for purchases, with cards and cash remaining as the main two. However, despite a lot of talk from some important figures and much excitement among technology gurus we have not seen much progress on that front. NFC, which has been lauded by some as the next big thing has struggled to be adopted by retailers, shoppers or even phone manufacturers. In addition to…

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