Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of June 17, 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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While the mobile channel is not yet the preferred vehicle for small business banking, 54 percent of small businesses are expected to use the mobile channel by 2015. Read Original Content

Airtel Chad has associated with ECOBANK, one of the leading banks of Africa to launch Airtel Money in the West African nation. The service will allow subscribers to carry out financial transactions on their mobile phones. Read Original Content

Online payment service provider GlobalCollect has selected BOKU as its global mobile payments partner and use BOKU's payments platform into its international payment network, allowing online merchants to accept mobile payments at checkout. Read Original Content

Samsung has joined forces with Eurosport to bring a free app to the Galaxy S3, enabling owners of its flagship smartphone to watch the London 2012 Olympics for free. 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

All the participants in a small four-month mobile payments trial conducted by BNZ, Vodafone, Visa and Paymark in Auckland and Wellington said they were likely to recommend the service to friends and 14 percent said they would be willing to pay a small fee for the service. Read Original Content

Stockholm-based mobile payment company iZettle announced it has closed a 25 million euro ($31.4 million) series B funding round. The investment was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners and European tech investment firm Northzone, but MasterCard was also involved in the funding round. Read Original Content

The Welsh village of Rhiwbina, where the 11,000 locals have been without access to a cash machine for the last two years, has been picked as the demo site for O2's new mobile wallet service, which supports mobile remittances, price comparisons, offers and mobile commerce today and is due to include NFC "in time". Read Original Content

Sage Payments Solutions President Greg Hammermaster outlines his top ten reasons small and medium businesses should integrate their payments environments. Read Original Content

Merchant Warehouse has unveiled Genius, a payment acceptance solution designed to handle every available payment type on one counter-top device, including NFC, QR codes and mobile wallets as well as loyalty, gifting and rewards programs. Read Original Content

Passbook, an app that will be released along with the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, gathers loyalty cards, boarding passes, event tickets and coupons into a single virtual home. Read Original Content

Customers who use the Royal Bank of Scotland or NatWest mobile banking app can now request cash, up to £100, via their smartphone. Read Original Content

Pakistani financial institution Allied Bank Limited announced it has partnered with Sybase 365 and AbacusConsulting, a Pakistani professional services firm, to offer its customers mobile banking services. Read Original Content

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