Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of July 8, 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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Amazon’s augmented reality app Flow has now come to Google Play. By launching the app and pointing your phone’s camera at a product, you can instantly view more information about the product, its Amazon price, and even related photos and videos.  Read Original Content

Mobile payments have more than doubled in popularity, reaching more than 33 percent of U.S. residents, according to the results of a report, “Business Strategy: Results from the 2012 Consumer Payments Survey” by IT research firm IDC’s Financial Insights division. Read Original Content

Telefónica Digital and Visa Europe have agreed a wide ranging strategic partnership to drive new business opportunities with both companies to co-invest in the development of products and services in areas such as mobile wallet, NFC, acquirer services for mobile point of sale, and merchant offers. 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

Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica’s O2 are all pushing ahead on their own mobile payment services, but in a bid to outpace companies like Apple and Google, these carriers are also working together. Read Original Content

Apple’s decision not to include mobile payments in its new Passbook iOS feature was a deliberate strategy by the company’s executives that flew in the face of a more aggressive approach favored by some engineers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read Original Content

Customer adoption of mobile payments is growing fast, and banks need to respond with products and services to cater to this growing demand, according to a new report released by financial researcher and consultant IDC Financial Insights. Read Original Content

Natwest has launched a trial of TouchPay, its new contactless payment service that allows its customers to make NFC payments using their iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S. The bank is inviting its mobile banking users to register their interest in the trial, which will see 1,000 people test out the scheme over the next four months. Read Original Content

With the P2P marketing getting more crowded, PayPal is looking to mobile payments and partnerships with banks to stay on top. Read Original Content

The free MyPaymentsPlus app by Horizon Software International is the first app that turns an iPhone into a mobile payment system for school meals. The app is now available for download in the Apple App Store. Read Original Content

Thirty-six percent of the UK population is now aware of “contactless technology in mobile payments,” while 12 percent are aware of the existence of NFC technology, according to YouGov. Read Original Content

Congress is grappling with the evolution from paper to mobile money. As technology enables smartphones to function like cash, lawmakers seek answers to questions about competing systems for mobile payments and their security and privacy. Read Original Content

Security software vendor McAfee is warning that the NFC payment testing at the London Olympic Games at the end of the month could be an open door for fraudsters. Read Original Content

A survey of the 250 Oslo residents who participated in Telenor and DNB’s NFC payments pilot last summer yielded overwhelming positive results, according to Telonor, with 84 percent reporting Tapy2Pay was easy to use, and enjoyed not having to enter a PIN code. Read Original Content

Telefónica – parent company of UK mobile operator O2 – has secured global framework agreements with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion to enable customers to purchase digital goods using their mobile phones. Read Original Content

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