In a move to ignite mobile payments in the UK, operator group Everything Everywhere, formed by the merger of the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the country, has signed an exclusive, five-year partnership with payment processor MasterCard. The two firms said that they plan to develop mobile and digital payment solutions for the operator’s 27 million-strong subscriber base, by combining their financial and technological assets to create new payment products and services.
Jorn Lambert, Group Executive, Digital Convergence, MasterCard Worldwide talks to telecoms.com and Banking Technology about the world of payments ‘beyond plastic’, moving into the digital space.
Swedish firm iZettle has launched its mobile payment card reader service in Germany. The payment solutions provider has teamed up with financial institutions DZ Bank and Deutsche Telekom to provide small businesses with the ability to accept payments via Android and iOS smartphones.
In an attempt to ignite take up of its m-wallet offering, Google has launched a cloud-based version of its wallet for its US users. As a result, users can now add Visa, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards, as well as MasterCard, to their wallet.
German operator Deutsche Telekom has signed a European partnership deal with payment provider MasterCard to enable consumers to use their mobile phones as an electronic wallet.
Intel has teamed up with payment provider MasterCard in a drive to provide more options for a safer and simpler check-out process for online merchants and consumers using Ultrabook or netbook type devices and future generations of Intel-based PCs.
UAE operator Etisalat has teamed up with MasterCard Worldwide to launch cashless mobile payments programme in the country. The system uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to authorise everyday transactions via a smartphone.
Isis, a mobile payments joint-venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in the US, has scaled back its initial plans to roll out its own mobile payment network in favour of an m-wallet-style offering.
The chief of electronic payments and transactions at France Telecom’s Orange group has jumped ship, to head up the mobile unit at MasterCard Worldwide.