Recently Mastercard announced a new program that would impose digital wallet operator fees. In response to the move, Visa’s CEO Charlie Scharf said that these kinds of fees are “totally appropriate”, but is Visa actually planning a similar move?
A free Google Wallet update is now available for download from Google Play, and it brings a number of changes including an overhauled user interface and improved battery life.
Google has recently launched Zavers, a digital coupon system that lets users claim rewards and lets retailers target their discounts on a real-time basis.
Having previously refused to allow the Google Wallet app to run on their devices, it seems that Verizon have been caught out applying a ridiculous double standard when it comes to their own Isis Mobile Wallet application.
Do you use SMS to schedule appointments via Google Calendar? Do you still sync your Nokia Symbia-based smartphone with Google Calendar? Do you use Smart Rescheduler from Google Labs? If you do, you might want to start looking elsewhere to fulfill your calendaring and syncing needs. Google is shutting down several services this wintertime, in an effort to ensure they can focus on services that matter more to users.
Verizon says they’re not “blocking” Google Wallet, they’re just restricting access to the secure element
Google unveiled a mobile payments service to the world called Google Wallet back in May 2011. It’s been over a year and a half since that press conference and it’s pretty obvious that Google Wallet has failed to take off. Why? It’s not a technological issue, it’s pure politics.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is selling like hotcakes, and Google Wallet continues to gain ground as a leader in the mobile payment space. Sadly, you can’t use both together. Luckily for U.S. users, there’s an unofficial solution to that problem. Unless you use Verizon.
Visa and RBS have joined hands to launch V.me in the UK. While the initial testing is still going on, they expect to launch the service in spring 2013. To refresh your memory, V.me exited beta with 53 bank partners and 23 retail partners, certainly giving it some credibility and initial momentum to storm a soon-to-be saturated market.
The Google Wallet Card, still yet to be announced, will be one physical card that takes away the need to carry multiple credit cards in your wallet. The Google Wallet Card will require a Google Wallet app that is compatible with Android 2.3.3 or later.
Analysts have been predicting the rise of NFC for a while now, but expectations vary wildly. The main driver that’s widely touted is mobile payments, but the number of NFC-enabled devices in circulation is still relatively small. We take a look at some potential uses for NFC and ask: what is holding it back?