Understanding mobile loyalty platforms that are transactional

Mobile marketing loyalty

There are many different types of transactional mobile loyalty platforms and, like the old punch card and plastic cards with the magnetic stripe, each of these new programs designed for mobile devices has their own benefits and drawbacks. Consider the following types of mobile loyalty platforms that are of a transactional nature: • Optical character recognition (OCR) mobile loyalty platforms To take advantage of these platforms, consumers must download a dedicated app into their smartphones and snap the image of each of their receipts. The concept behind this method is…

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Is NFC necessary for secure mobile payments?

Mobile commerce and the future

Or will other technology swoop in on the mobile payments market… When the topic is mobile payments, Google is quick to come to the forefront of a discussion, but as that company’s Google Wallet has been slower to catch on than some had predicted, and it is based on NFC technology, which isn’t yet available in the majority of smartphones, many are wondering whether near field communications technology is truly necessary for secure contactless payments to catch on. Many sources are starting to suggest that it could be five years,…

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Nokia unveils the NFC technology based Lumia 610

Nokia Lumia NFC Gadgets

With a magic swipe of your NFC phone! This week, Nokia unveiled its new Lumia 610 smart phone. The Lumia is the latest mobile device for the Microsoft Windows Phone platform. The Lumia will also be the first Windows Phone to include NFC technology. Nokia has developed the 610 with mobile commerce in mind, spurred largely by the number of other telecommunications companies introducing their own NFC-enabled smart phones to the market. Despite the tenacity of the competition, Nokia has been able to establish itself as one of the leaders…

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ISIS platforms gains momentum over competitors due to slow and steady approach

Mobile Commerce Industry

Mobile commerce giant takes small steps. ISIS, the mobile commerce joint venture between Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is making slow, but steady progress toward a new pilot test this summer. The platform may be lagging behind the Google Wallet, which was formally launched late last year, but has already become one of the more popular platforms in the industry, despite the fact that ISIS has yet to see commercial release. The slow progression of ISIS seems to have been beneficial, as it has allowed the project to overcome the challenges…

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MacKay Meters and UIC team to bring NFC technology to parking spaces

Mobile Payments in Parking Lots mobile commerce

New ways to included NFC technology   MacKay Meters, a manufacturer of parking meters, has announced a partnership with the Uniform Industrial Corporation (UIC), a company specializing in electronic commerce and data collection. The partnership will be focused on bringing contactless payment systems to MacKay’s parking meters around the world. Both companies will be developing and implementing NFC technology for MacKay’s Guardian SOLO meters. These meters already accept various forms of payment and MacKay believes they are the best candidate for a new NFC-based payment system. NFC technology is getting…

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ROAM Data unveils the world’s first universal NFC and magnetic card reader

NFC Swipe

ROAM Data, a developer of mobile commerce platforms, has announced that it has created the world’s first universal card reader that combines NFC technology with magnetic strip recognition. The reader, called NFC Swipe, is compatible with any mobile device and is designed with mobile commerce in mind. The NFC Swipe will allow consumers to make purchases using a credit card or anything that is NFC-enabled. In fact, the platform can turn nearly any electronic device, including a PC, into a mobile payment system. ROAM Data believes that the NFC Swipe…

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

Google Mobile Commerce News

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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Berg Insight study shows that NFC-enabled smart phones sales will jump to 100 million this year

NFC Technology

A new study from Berg Insight, a market research and analysis firm based in Sweden, paints a bright future for NFC-enabled smart phones. The study suggests that sales of NFC-enabled smart phones will jump to 100 million this year, up from 30 million in 2011. The rapid adoption of these mobile devices is likely due to the growing popularity of mobile commerce. NFC smart phones can be used as mobile payment devices, enabling users to make purchases without having to use physical currency or credit card. The technology is not…

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

NFC Mobile Payments

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

Pinkberry Google Wallet

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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Microsoft registers new NFC Tap and Do trademark for Windows 8

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Technology giant Microsoft seems to have plans to enter the arena of NFC. The company has applied to register a new patent for its upcoming Microsoft Tap and Do initiative. According to the application, the trademark will be used to cover all of the company’s products that make use of NFC technology. This includes hardware, such as computers and mobile devices, as well as computer software. While this has implications for Microsoft’s long-term goals with technology, one of the mark’s immediate uses may be with the Windows Phone 8. The…

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