Samsung’s mobile payments service to launch in September

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Samsung sees promise in the mobile commerce space due to growing consumer interest Samsung has plans to launch its own mobile payments service in South Korea and the United States in September of this year, somewhat later than the company originally planned. After the initial release, the service, called Samsung Pay, will be released in Europe, China, Australia, and South Africa. These details were revealed by Samsung executive vice president of mobile commerce Dr. Injong Rhee during a recent Samsung event. Company will compete with others in order to find…

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QR codes based mobile payments app sends South African users above 2 million

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A range of applications based on quick response codes have made this tech very popular in that country. South Africa has experienced the introduction of a large and growing number of mobile payments apps that use QR codes in order to be able to help to complete transactions at retail stores by way of smartphones, and this has caused the barcodes, themselves, to experience a tremendous growth in that country. By the end of 2014, it is now believed that there were 2.1 million people using quick response codes in…

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Mobile commerce is growing in South Africa

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Survey shows that consumers are participating in mobile commerce more readily in South Africa South Africa may be on the verge of a commerce boom powered by the mobile sector, according to a new survey from Ipsos. The country has become home to a thriving mobile commerce market, where the growing number of mobile shoppers have begun to have a major impact on the retail industry. The survey shows that consumers are becoming more interested in shopping online, both from personal computers and from their mobile devices. Consumers are using…

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Vodacom takes a step into the field of mobile payments

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Company sets sights on mobile commerce in order to boost dwindling revenue Vodacom, one of the largest mobile operators in South Africa, has announced plans to launch a mobile commerce initiative in the near future. The company has been seeing its revenues dissipate over the past several quarters despite the growing adoption of smartphones and tablets throughout the country. In an attempt to engage consumers more effectively, Vodacom has begun focusing more heavily on mobile commerce. This focus may help the company increase its revenue generation by providing consumers with…

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Absa expands NFC technology trial

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NFC technology trial sees expansion in South Africa Absa, one of the largest banking groups in South Africa, has announced the expansion of its NFC technology trial. The trial was initially launched in December of 2011 and involved 500 of the bank’s staff. The trial was meant to examine the benefits of NFC technology and its uses in mobile commerce, specifically where money management is concerned. These funds could be used to purchase products at participating stores throughout South Africa. Absa aims to deploy 4,000 NFC-enabled terminals by third quarter…

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Ericsson ConsumerLab highlights potential of African m-commerce

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Ericsson ConsumerLab report signals promising growth of m-commerce in Africa Africa is home to a mobile commerce industry that is bursting with potential. As more consumers gain access to mobile devices in countries like Ghana, South Africa, and Tanzania, the demand for m-commerce services is on the rise. These consumers have shown a great deal of interest in shopping and purchasing products through their mobile devices. Ericsson ConsumerLab, a leading provider of communications technology and services, has taken note of the promise of the African m-commerce industry and has been…

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Rolling Stone embraces augmented reality

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Rolling Stone incorporates augmented reality in South Africa issue Acclaimed rock magazine Rolling Stone has become the latest in its industry to embrace augmented reality technology. The September issue of the magazine’s publication run in South Africa features former Springbok Nude Girls singer Arno Carsten and uses augmented reality to give readers exclusive access to the singer’s new music video as well as other digital content. The magazine has partnered with augmented reality developer Layar to bring this digital content to life. Magazine teams with Layar to provide digital content…

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Mobile commerce is taking off in South Africa, says InMobi research

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InMobi, an independent mobile ad network, has released the results of their latest research which has shown that mobile marketing and mobile commerce are both demonstrating indications of record growth across both the Asian Pacific and in Africa. The report released from InMobi regarding this study stated that there was an increase of over 10 percent in the Asian Pacific within the last three months, which has brought the number of impressions to 18 billion. Even greater was the growth in Africa, which was at 21 percent, having grown to…

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