The high stakes world of mobile payments [Infographic]

March 26, 2012 | by James Wester

When we created our immensely popular and wildly informative infographic last year explaining just what a mobile payment is, we were gratified that so many people found it useful.

Now we're being asked about all of the companies that seem to be jumping into the mobile payment game. It's a good question. Almost every day a new player enters the market.

And why is that? Because so much is at stake. The expectation is that a large percentage of the $6.2 trillion in credit card transactions is going to migrate to mobile. (And that doesn't even include other transaction types that could be supplanted by mobile payments.)

So we thought we'd try to shed some light on the companies that are entering the market and how they're placing their bets. And what better way to do that than with another infographic. Our shiny, new infographic shows the game, the stakes, the players and their wagers.

We'll be honest: it's hard to keep all the players and their bets straight. So if you see a company we missed, or think we need to move our chips to another bet, let us know in the comments below.

Click on the big poker chips in the infographic to learn more about the companies in each category. Use the embed code below the infographic to publish it on your website or blog.

Mobile Payments Today Mobile POS Loyalty Programs Technology Providers Mobile Wallets Contactless-NFC Mobile Money Transfers In-App Carrier Billing Mobile Banking The Payments Jackpot Image Map

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Topics: Contactless / NFC , In-App Payments , Loyalty Programs , Mobile/Digital Wallet , Mobile Payments , Money Transfer / P2P , POS , Technology Providers

James Wester / James Wester is a technology writer and blogger with over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications in the technology and payments sectors. Prior to joining as editor he worked as Director of Corporate Communications for Chase Paymentech and ran payment operations for AOL. James has a BA in English from Drury University in Springfield, MO and an MS in IT Management from the University of Virginia.
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