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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of April 29, 2012

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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WorldPay has released its new survey, The Global Online Shopper Report, which surveyed 19,000 consumers and 153 senior decision makers from global retailers to identify the online and mobile shopping habits of consumers in the U.K., U.S., China, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Argentina and India. Read Original Content

NFC-enabled mobile payments may not have the kind of immediate impact the likes of Google and Isis are hoping for, according to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow Jack Winters. In an interview with Network World, Winters said that he sees no reason to switch from credit cards to NFC mobile payments, and that the technology won’t have a major impact on the payments landscape until it is available everywhere. Read Original Content

According a study from the University of California, Berkeley — which surveyed 1,203 "adult internet users" in the U.S. and was fully funded by Nokia — 74 percent of those questioned say that they don't plan on adopting any sort of mobile payment service. The main issue appears to be one of privacy. Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software. Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.  To learn more, visit www.verivo.com

According to the Financial Times, Google and PayPal have reportedly been whispering to the EU that allowing the UK operators to band together and promote NFC payments would be anti-competitive and shouldn't be allowed. Read Original Content

Another major acquisition has been confirmed in the mCommerce space. Precision consumer marketing firm Catalina Marketing Corporation announced its acquisition of mCommerce outfit Modiv Media. Read Original Content


Research In Motion has announced a new device called the BlackBerry Music Gateway that can stream music wirelessly using NFC and Bluetooth technology. The gadget will cost $50 and debuts in June. Read Original Content

According to a new survey from Motorola Solutions, which comprised 541 retail, hospitality and field service employees from North America, UK, France and Germany, 66 percent of respondents are interested in mPOS, while 42 percent of respondents are currently piloting or starting trials within the next 36 months. Read Original Content

Agile development methods, which began to evolve more than a decade ago, are poised to impact the emerging field of mobile app development. “Mobile app development is perfectly suited for an Agile approach,” says Todd Christy, CTO at Verivo Software, which provides an enterprise mobility platform. “In the process of developing your app, developers will need to make regular changes to functionality and user access in order to satisfy regularly changing requirements.” Read Original Content

Telecom New Zealand, Auckland Transport and the Westpac Bank in collaboration with Gemalto, Thales and Paymark are to launch a trial of using mobile phones to pay for public transport via NFC. Some 30 staff from the six participating organizations will take part in the trial. Read Original Content

V.me, Visa’s digital wallet competitor to PayPal, is scheduled to debut in Europe this fall. Visa Europe, an independent organization of 3,700 European member banks that is licensed by Visa Inc. in Europe, said the service would appear first in the UK, France and Spain. Consumers will be able to load various credit cards, not just Visa cards, onto the wallet. Read Original Content

Personalization is not a new concept in marketing, but it is definitely going to be a key factor in the success of mobile commerce. However, marketers need to realize that getting consumers to buy a product or service is not as important as providing a tailored experience that gives them exactly what they want and need. Read Original Content

Mobile payment is common in many parts of the world, and is slowly gaining acceptance in the U.S., particularly with young consumers. A Federal Reserve survey found those in the age bracket of 18 to 44 represented more than two-thirds of mobile payment users. Read Original Content

Restaurant chain T.G.I. Friday’s has released a new application for iPhone and Android that lets customers start a tab, keep track of their bill, and pay it right from their phone. Currently, 350 of the chain's 600 locations nationwide are now accepting the new mobile payment method. Read Original Content

The Global Online Shopper report commissioned by WorldPay has found that globally 30 percent of online shoppers either use a smartphone (19 percent) or a tablet (11 percent). The report also found that one in six Britons do their shopping on a smartphone. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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