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Apple SIM could accelerate wireless industry disruption

Apple SIM will allow easier operator switching for users

A multi-operator capable SIM card included in Apple’s latest iPad range will give consumers the flexibility to switch between short-term plans with operators in the UK and USA. So far, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and UK operator EE have confirmed participation with the initiative.

Apple launches new phones, watch and mobile wallet

The new Apple Watch

Apple today announced an unprecedented range of additions to its product catalogue, including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch. The keynote session in Cupertino, California, saw the unveiling of new NFC mobile payment capabilities to be built as standard into the new models, and the launch of the Apple’s foray into the wearable technology space with Apple Watch, as widely anticipated.

Mobile payments go beyond mainstream

The mobile payment industry is set to grow rapidly

According to research by IDC, 1.5 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017 and consumers will be doing more than ever on them. As a result, more businesses recognise the importance of delivering quick and seamless mobile payment capabilities to cater to consumers who demand the ability to transact when, where and how they choose.

Group Head, Emerging Payments, APMEA, Mastercard: “For remote payments…LTE will absolutely play a key role”

Philip Yen, Group Head, Emerging Payments, APMEA, Mastercard

Philip Yen, Group Head, Emerging Payments, APMEA, Mastercard is speaking on Day Two of the LTE Asia conference taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the challenges of creating a mobile payments eco-system.

Indian bank ICICI launches mobile payment

India’s ICICI Bank is to launch a mobile payments service built by Movida, the Indian joint venture between Visa and mobile money specialist firm Monetise, that will draw on the potential to reach unbanked customers in the country.

Apple eyeing mobile payments with AuthenTec deal

AuthenTec's fingerprint technology could be key to Apple's mobile payment efforts

Apple has agreed to acquire fingerprint security firm AuthenTec in a deal worth around $356m. AuthenTec’s fingerprint technology has been used in mobile phones in Japan for authentication of mobile payments, and Apple is expected to bring those services to more markets.

Hot Topic – Mobile Financial Services


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Monitise aims to be “world’s largest” m-money player with acquisition

Monitise plans to acquire US counterpart Clairmail

UK mobile payment technology and services provider Monitise has announced plans to acquire US based counterpart Clairmail, in a bid to create the “world’s largest pure-play mobile money company”. Monitise will pay a sum of $173m for the acquisition, which is conditional upon US regulatory and shareholder approvals, and the firm expects the acquisition to be completed before the end of the financial year 2012.

Telefónica in m-wallet deal with Sybase 365

Telefónica hopes to launch mobile wallet services in the first half of 2012

Telefónica Digital, the cross sector services arm of the international operator created in September last year, has announced a strategic partnership with mobile commerce provider Sybase 365. The deal will see the two firms collaborating on Telefónica’s m-wallet proposition, which will include a range of mobile financial services.

PayPal to launch new in-store mobile payment services

PayPal will introduce new mobile payment services in retail outlets

eBay is launching a host of in-store payment processing services for retailers, via PayPal, over the coming months. The services do not rely on the use of near-field communications (NFC) or credit or debit cards.

O2 UK announces mobile payment partners

O2UK will be launching its new m-payment service in the second half of 2011

UK carrier O2 has announced the companies it will be partnering with to deploy its mobile wallet service in the second half of 2011. O2, the UK arm of Spanish incumbent Telefónica, said it would be working with Wave Crest, FIS, Intelligent Environments and Visa Europe.

Android device turned into NFC payment acceptance terminal

Charge Anywhere has announced the release of an Android NFC app

Mobile payment and payment gateway platform developer Charge Anywhere, has unveiled an Android app that will allow businesses to process credit and debit cards using only a handset. The application turns Google’s Nexus-S smartphone into an NFC payment acceptance terminal.

GSMA backs NFC as UK MNOs flag collaboration

The GSMA has announced its backing for the commercial roll out of NFC services by 2012

Vodafone, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile have announced their intention to launch NFC mobile payment services in the UK by 2012. Near-field communications (NFC) has been building a head of steam in recent months, with the likes of Google, RIM and Visa announcing their support.

Money transfer, NFC to drive m-payments

Mobile money transfer and NFC (Near Field Communications) transactions are predicted to account for 50 per cent of the global mobile payment market by 2013. Industry analyst Juniper Research said this week that while the mobile payments market is currently dominated by purchases of digital content such as ringtones, music and games, it will in [...]

Mobile payments to reach $300bn by 2013

The gross transaction value of mobile payments for digital goods, such as music and games, and physical goods, such as books, is forecast to exceed $300bn worldwide by 2013. The figures, released by analyst house Juniper Research on Tuesday, found that there is a significant and immediate opportunity for mobile payment services, systems, software and [...]

Burning issue

Burning issue

Mobile payments could change the way the world spends money

Issue 145 November 2007


Location Based Services: Nokia’s acquistion of Navteq caused a stir in the LBS world. But success stories remain elusive

Vitalis Olunga: The head of GSM Africa speaks to MCI ahead of the AfricaCom event