Mobile payments

  • British banks launch Paym payments service

    British consumers will be able to make payments to friends and family thanks to a new secure service that only requires a banking app and the recipient's phone number.

  • Payleven launches portable m-payments terminal

    Payments company payleven has launched a mobile NFC-enabled card reader for merchants to take contactless payments via smartphones and cards.

  • HCE, NFC and security dominate m-payments debate

    Visa and Mastercard throwing their weight behind Host Card Emulation (HCE), Samsung and Paypal offering secure payments and Tech Mahindra launching an NFC testing lab were among the notable stories in the m-payments space at Mobile World Congress.

    HCE allows consumers to make payments and use other NFC-enabled services, such as loyalty, ticketing and travelling on transport, without using a Secure Element. 

  • Mastercard pilots geotagged security product for payments

    Mastercard has launched a location based security service for consumers making mobile payments while abroad.

    The payments company is testing the opt-in scheme with cloud company Syniverse. Under the scheme, consumers can only make mobile and card payments while abroad if their device is set to the specific geolocation that they are in.

  • Bango launches app purchasing tracker for mobile operators

    Operators will be able to track their customers' app purchases, following the launch of a new dashboard feature from m-payments and analytics company Bango.

  • NFC payments will succeed but telcos need to hurry, says Proxama MD

    Mobile payments made using Near Field Communications (NFC) will only take off if consumers get used to using it for other value-added services, and telcos make it work before the likes of Apple find a better way, says Miles Quitmann, managing director at NFC vendor Proxama.

    What is slowing the market down, says Quitmann, is that there are too many organisations trying to do m-payments.

  • Vodafone Netherlands to offer Adyen mobile point-of-sale to enterprises

    Vodafone Netherlands is to offer the Adyen Shuttle mobile point-of-sale (POS) payment device in its retail business-to-business stores across the Netherlands, in a move that will see the operator directly challenging POS terminal providers for the small and medium business market.

    Dutch payments vendor Adyen became the fourth contender in the mobile POS market when it debuted “Shuttle” in December 2012.

  • G&D debuts NFC SIM card with multiple app support for secure payments

    Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has created a new portfolio of SIM cards that allow several different NFC applications to be executed securely and simultaneously on a single SIM card.

    The SkySIM CX family of SIM cards has up to 1.3 megabytes of memory enabling data to be stored for multiple NFC applications, together with a powerful processor capable of loading applications in a short amount of time.

  • EE backs NFC mobile payments with new Cash on Tap MasterCard partnership

    EE has made a bold move today with its launch of Cash on Tap, a new app-based service allowing subscribers to make contactless NFC mobile payments via their smartphones.

    In partnership with MasterCard, EE, currently the only operator in the UK with a commercial 4G LTE network, is seeking to broaden its reach by launching a host of new services, including the ability to use NFC-enabled handsets to tap and pay at contactless POS terminals in-store (Read: NFC mobile wallet services live in 13 countries, infrastructure on the way).

  • NFC mobile wallet services live in 13 countries, infrastructure on the way

    The market for NFC mobile payments is slowly growing alongside the burgeoning roll-outs of NFC-enabled handsets, NFC-ready Point of Sale (POS) terminals and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solutions.

    According to research from Berg Insight, NFC mobile wallet services are now commercially live in 13 countries as of the end of March 2013.

  • BICS, PostFinance team up to launch P2P mobile payments e-banking service

    Belgacom’s wholesale subsidiary BICS has teamed up with PostFinance, a division of Switzerland’s national postal service, to launch an international money transfer service.

    The service allows instant money transfers between any type of organisation that processes payments – be it a bank, an online payment service or an operator’s mobile wallet.

  • Visa debuts person-to-person, multi-currency mobile payments in Europe

    Visa Europe has added person-to-person (P2P) immediate payments and multi-currency payments to its Visa Personal Payments mobile service, in a move that could have serious implications for operators and their mobile wallet services.

    Visa Personal Payments is a mobile payments ecosystem targeted at European banks keen to offer mobile banking services.

  • O2 undercuts UK train booking app rivals with new launch

    O2 Train Travel app

    O2 has launched a train booking app as it looks to add value to its struggling mobile wallet service.

    According to the UK mobile operator, customers will be able to save up to 80 percent on advanced fares with its Train Travel app as it doesn’t charge any booking or credit card fees unlike many of its competitors, such as The Train Line.

  • Three launches NFC marketing campaign in Stockholm subway carriage

    Three Sweden has launched the world’s first NFC marketing campaign to take place on public transport as it looks to drive the technology’s adoption beyond mobile payments.

    Together with outdoor media provider Clear Channel and NFC vendor Tapit, the mobile operator has re-branded a Stockholm subway carriage to look like a Three retail store in order to target commuters who might not visit a physical outlet.

  • MWC 2013: NFC might not be dead in the water after all?

       At Mobile World Congress 2013, Mobile Europe was given the opportunity to test out the GSMA NFC Experience.

    Equipped with a Sony Xperia T smartphone that came preloaded with €15 of credit, we successfully used the phone to buy lunch at the NFC-enabled payment terminals.

  • M-commerce apps and smartphone penetration in Europe growing rapidly, studies find

    Smartphone usage is on the rise all across Europe, with UK consumers leading the way in terms of m-commerce applications and mobile shopping, according to new research from Nielsen and comScore.

    In December 2012, all European countries crossed the 50 percent mark for smartphone penetration for the first time, with the highest penetration being in Spain, at 66 percent, according to comScore.

  • Visa pushes deeper into m-payments with new launch

    Global payments company Visa has launched a new plug-and-play mobile money platform as it looks to seize a greater share of the m-payments market.

    Targeted initially at unbanked customers in India and Rwanda, the new platform links a newly-created financial account to a mobile phone number.

  • Gemalto to act as Trusted Service Manager for Vodafone


    Gemaltohas been selected by Vodafone Group to provide and operate its global Trusted Service Management (TSM) platform and deploy NFC services solutions.The multi-year global contract will see Gemalto integrate its Allynis TSM service platform and the company’s UpTeq NFC card to provide service management for Vodafone and its partners.

    As the turnkey supplier and systems integrator for Vodafone’s international project, Gemalto will provide for the launch of a range of services that can address hundreds of millions of subscribers, located in all the countries where Vodafone Group operates. 

  • 3V gets €5 million to attack operator payments services market

    One of the companies behind Telefonica O2 prepaid card service has received €5 million to fund expansion into US and European markets.

    Dublin-based 3V Transaction Services, which currently operates in six countries, received the funding from TTV Capital and existing investors Balderton Capital and Atlas Ventures.

  • Monitise doubles revenues, signs Bank of China deal

    UK mobile money platform provider Monitise has announced that its revenues more than doubled for the third year in a row, growing from £15.3 to £36.1 million from 2010/11 to 2011/12. The company reported a group operating loss of £13.7 million, down £1.5 million year on year.

    The company expects revenues in 2012/13 to reach $70 million, and said it will now reach EBITDA break even in September 2013 - a quarter ahead of its guidance a year ago.

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