Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of August 4, 2013

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

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A Rwandan bank has introduced mVisa, a mobile banking solution, in a bid not to be left behind in this fast growing area of financial services.  “The mVisa will allow the bank’s clients to easily access their bank’s account via their phone and also help encourage non- account holders mainly rural folks to be bankable.” Lawson Naibo, the Bank of Kigali’s Chief Operations Officer said.  Read Original Content

Unbound Commerce has unveiled a new Responsive Mobile Commerce Solution component of their popular Mobile Presence® platform. This new responsive solution means an e-commerce site can be automatically reformatted and rendered to display and function on a smartphone, without the need to replatform the e-commerce site.  Read Original Content

According to a new Ericsson report, up to 74 percent of people in Latin America who are not using m-commerce solutions today would be interested in using such services through their mobile phones. As many as 66 percent of non-users are interested in mobile banking, while 42 percent would consider using mobile-wallet services.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

The debit/ATM network Pulse has enlisted Paydiant, a provider of a cloud-based mobile wallet and offer redemption platforms, to provide a mobile commerce solution for Pulse participants. The Paydiant solution will enable Pulse financial institution and merchant partners to quickly deploy contactless payment and cash access functionality to serve mobile-minded customers.  Read Original Content

According to a new report from iModerate and uSamp, some of the leading categories in mobile commerce purchases are movies, music and games (64 percent have purchased on their smartphones), and books (60 percent of consumers have bought them on their tablets). Groceries were also a category that stood out with 26 percent of consumers having purchased them over a smartphone.  Read Original Content
Over 1,200 apps published on the Google Play app store have been designed by “one click fraud” scammers and pose a serious mobile security threat to the Android users who use the applications. Some of the more common mobile security scams have involved bills of over $3,000 for what was called an annual subscription fee.  Read Original Content

Isis Mobile Wallet, the mobile commerce venture created by carrier heavyweights AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon, is finally set to go nationwide after extended pilots in Austin and Salt Lake City.  Read Original Content

Facebook’s shares soared 40 percent in a week due to a reported surge in their mobile advertising revenue.  Read Original Content

According to estimates, nearly half of Kenya's 40 million citizens use M-Pesa, a mobile money system provided by Safaricom. M-Pesa has also become the preferred mode of money transfer Business Day said.  Read Original Content

Square is the nifty little mobile payment device that can be attached to a smartphone or a tablet and used to accept payments from a credit or debit card. The service is offered alongside two apps – Android and iOS varieties – both of which have been updated with, among other things, the ability to track transactions and keep records.  Read Original Content

OpenTable users book a restaurant reservation with its smartphone app or Web site. Now the company is getting ready to take the next step and let diners pay for the meal with its app.  The payment process, still in testing, will be straightforward.  At the end of a meal, the diner would open the OpenTable app and pay the check with the tap of a button.  Read Original Content

According to the latest findings from the BIA/Kelsey's ongoing study of the advertising behaviors of small and medium-sized businesses, mobile payments are gaining significant traction with SMBs, with 40 percent of those surveyed stating they now accept payments at the point of sale with a mobile credit card reader attached to a smartphone or tablet.  Read Original Content

German department store chain Karstadt Warenhaus has teamed with Visa to introduce contactless and mobile payments in all Karstadt stores from October. It is rolling out 3,400 new contactless terminals across its stores. This was started in June and will be completed by the end of September, allowing customers to pay with their contactless Visa card or NFC-enabled smartphone.  Read Original Content

Cognizant and Monitise surveyed a diverse group of more than 700 consumers to understand their mobile banking expectations, emerging trends, and current and future needs. Increasingly, the study found, consumers expect banks to provide anytime, anywhere mobile capabilities, including customized user experiences, shopping and social features, and value-added services.  Read Original Content

A report jointly issued by Capgemini and the research firm Interactive Media in Retail Group has shown there was a 136 percent year over year increase in mobile commerce sales in the U.K. when looking at June 2013 figures in comparison with those of June 2012.  Read Original Content

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