Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of April 6, 2014

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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With passwords and PINs increasingly being targeted by hackers, speaking could become a new method to access secure accounts.  Voice biometrics – technology that knows who you are based on your voice characteristics – is already being used by banks and telecom companies, says Brett Beranek of Nuance Communications.  Read Original Content

Most people are logging into their bank’s mobile app 30 times per month on average to do any number of things including making a deposit, seeing if a charge went through, sending money to friends and family, paying a bill, or transferring funds, according to an article on  Read Original Content

Equifax, a global information solutions provider, announced its partnership with Jumio, an industry leader in the mobile commerce space that specializes in payments and ID scanning and validation products for mobile and web transactions.  Read Original Content

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A number of large European retailers--including British supermarket chain Tesco and French retail group Auchan--have launched digital wallet apps that allow customers to pay using their smartphones as well as provide data on shopping habits.  Read Original Content

Vodafone has announced its M-Pesa mobile payments service will be launched in Romania, signifying the service’s first entry into the European market.  Read Original Content
VeriFone Systems, Inc. has announced five devices in its award-winning PAYware Mobile line of EMV- enabled mobile point of sale devices have been approved by the Visa Ready Program.  Read Original Content

Finnish operator Elisa is selling stickers in an attempt to drive the popularity of mobile payments.  Users can purchase the rechargeable stickers and attach them to their handsets. The stickers are enabled with MasterCard’s PayPass technology so are widely accepted at many retail outlets.  Read Original Content Inc. has released updates to its mobile apps with a service that lets consumers add coupons directly to payment cards. Using the mobile apps for iOS and Android, shoppers can easily add digital coupons to their credit or debit cards.  Read Original Content

UAE’s leading financial institution Mashreq has pioneered Tap n Go. This is the country’s first NFC Sticker solution and is set to redefine the world of mobile payments. The Tap n Go Sticker makes low-value purchases exceedingly simple by converting any mobile phone of any generation into a credit card.  Read Original Content

UK citizens will soon be able to use their mobile phone numbers to make bank payments.  Launching April 29, Paym is aimed at offering citizens a secure means to transfer money to other bank accounts via mobile phone numbers, with account-holders able to pay friends, family or businesses without requiring any bank details.  Read Original Content

InMobi, the world's largest independent mobile advertising company, has predicted a 15 percent rise in mobile commerce in 2014 in its Mobile Media Consumption Report, which provides insights into changing trends in mobile media consumption habits.  Read Original Content

In Central Europe, Germany leads in penetration of smartphone/tablet owners who shop on mobile at least once a week with over 10 percent of the total online retail sales in 2013. In Austria, over a third of online shoppers made purchases via mobile at least once, according  Read Original Content

Accumulate AB has introduced Close Payment which is a BLE/iBeacon-based product for mobile payments. It works on all major smartphones running iOS and Android. After registering, the user can pay for an item by simply being close to the cash register and then approving the purchase with a push of a button.  Read Original Content

IMRG’s latest e-Retail Survey reveals that 11 percent of senior eCommerce professionals believe more than half of their online sales will be mobile by year-end.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.