The potential of NFC and the obstacles that stand in its way
October 29, 2012
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?
Isis support comes to Verizon’s Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD
October 29, 2012
Being one of the biggest proponents of Isis, so much so that it blocks the use of Google Wallet on its devices, Verizon strangely only has a handful of smartphones that support it.
Square is going international, with Canada as its first market outside US
October 25, 2012
Square is revolutionizing the mobile payments business. The company lets business and store owners accept payments through their iPhone, iPad or Android device through an add-on accessory. Initially launched in the U.S., Square is gradually opening to an international market, with Canada as its first step.
MetroPCS customers are now a part of the Google Wallet family
October 23, 2012
As announced on its Twitter account, MetroPCS subscribers can now use Google Wallet on their device. For now, only those sporting the Samsung Galaxy S3 can start using the mobile payment service.
O2 releases new mobile payments system for businesses
October 23, 2012
O2 has just released a Mobile Point of Sale service in partnership with Visa and Global Payments. The basic idea is to allow vendors and retailers to easily accept plastic payments from debit and credit cards on their Android tablets and smartphones.
Isis to officially launch on October 22, more supported devices announced
October 18, 2012
The marketing head of Isis, Jaymee Johnson, has sent out a statement to tech publications across the country that its mobile payment service will indeed be officially rolled out on October 22. Come Monday next week, folks in Salt Lake City and Austin, who are keen on leaving their wallet at home to make some transactions, will be able to tap and pay their way out of Isis-ready stores.
Isis Mobile Wallet details leaked: ISIS SIM card, supported devices, extra credit, and more
October 16, 2012
The new mobile payment system backed by three carriers (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile), dubbed as Isis Mobile Wallet, has been pushed back from its original September launch. A leaked internal memo, as attained by Tmonews (and as we’ve reported before,) shows that Isis will now be launched on October 22 in two cities – Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas. But the memo also reveals more details.
Leaked documents show ISIS is set to launch on October 22nd
October 10, 2012
Phones have been shipping with NFC (near field communication) support for several years now, but the one use case that we've all been waiting for, paying for things via a simple tap, has yet to take the market by storm. Google launched Google Wallet in May 2011, but hardly anyone is using it. Why? There aren't any technical reasons to explain Google Wallet's failure, it all boils down to politics.
Facebook partners with Bango for mobile payments through your carrier bill
September 24, 2012
Facebook has partnered with Bango to enable mobile payments for in-app content through a user's carrier bill. Real world goods payments coming soon.
MasterCard releases mobile payments SDK, hopes the world pays attention
September 18, 2012
Raise your hands, how many of you have been dreaming about one day being able to pay for everything with nothing but a tap from your mobile phone? It's a fantasy we all want to see come to fruition, but there have quite a few number of hiccups. MasterCard, in an attempt to get the ball rolling on mobile payments, has just released an SDK that's compatible with Android and BlackBerry smartphones.