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The top 10 mobile payments stories from 2013

NFC was top of mind for readers, but what else struck their fancy? Here's a look at the most-read stories from last year.

Who the FTC sued for fraudulent carrier billing and mobile cramming

Malini Mithal of the FTC recounts recent lawsuits the agency won against fraudulent payment companies. (From the ATM & Mobile Executive Summit)

5 for 5: The most-read mobile payments stories from November

Take a look at the most popular mobile payments content from last month.

After a natural disaster, mobile payments can speed the inflow of monetary aid

Mobile technology has evolved to the point where it is in almost everyone's pockets, and that can make a big difference in the event of natural disaster. Japan's tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and typhoon Haiyan, all of these...

When a telco turns to banking

Rogers Communications, first Canadian MNO to gain banking license, looks to disrupt an entire industry.

What Android's KitKat means for NFC

Pundits have focused on carrier end run but missed the upside for merchants, others.

Debunking direct operator billing, Part 2

DOB lets you buy items from your phone bill, but sometimes it's a premium text message in disguise. What's the difference?

Are your customers really who they say they are?

The first step to knowing your customer: Know Jumio. Jumio’s ID ver­i­fi­ca­tion technology, Netverify, pro­vides you with real-time ID verification. Turn your customer’s smart-phone or com­puter into an ID scan­ning ter­minal that makes it fast and easy to cap­ture and...

Hardware: The key to mobile commerce's future

Four recent moves by three large companies have pushed software and the cloud to the back seat.

Desjardins becomes first Canadian FI to announce multi-carrier NFC

While larger competitors move cautiously toward contactless payments, the Quebec-based financial cooperative plows ahead.

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Magazine subscriptions a text away

Boku and IPC Media partnership lets consumers subscribe to periodicals such as woman&home;, Marie Claire, InStyle and Ideal Home.

Filipino lawmaker wants consumer protections for prepaid minutes

The bill would forbid wireless operators from adding expiration dates to prepaid cards.

Airtel Africa expands mobile payments through VeriFone partnership

Consumers can use VeriFone Mobile Money's Tap n' Pay applications to pay, buy, bank, bill and remit funds with their mobile phone at the point of sale.

Infobip extends coverage to 40 countries

Mobile messaging company expands SMS messaging service to U.S., Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Mexico, among others.

Norway's Telenor Group embraces direct carrier billing

Mobile Embrace Limited signs agreement with major telecom that boasts 176 million subscribers.

Singapore mPOS company reveals new global strategy

SCCP Group becomes goSwiff as company also focuses on marketing services for its clients.

Bango partners with Deutsche Telekom for DOB

Mobile payments company Bango and Deutsche Telekom today announced a partnership to widen access to direct operator billing for app store purchases, according to a press release. The partnership enables Deutsche Telekom to accelerate direct operator billing deployment, bringing one-click...

Israeli telecom selects new SIM OTA provider

CALLUP, a provider of value added services and mobile device management products for the telecom industry, today announced in a press release that Israel's Hot Mobile cellular telecommunications operator selected its SIM OTA platform for remote management, over the air,...

Indonesian telecom adds mobile remittances

Some 60 million Indosat subscribers now have access to HomeSend, a joint venture between MasterCard, eServGlobal, and BICS.

Vietnamese regulators want improved SMS rates

A Vietnamese goverment agency this week passed legislation that requires mobile network operators to boost the success rate of text messages, according to multiple reports. The Ministry of Information and Communications ruled that the operators must ensure a 92-percent success...

Safaricom forms strategic pact with Kenyan financial group

KCB Group and Safaricom Limited this week announced a far-reaching strategic partnership that the companies say is expected to reshape how tens of millions of consumers in Kenya access financial and telecommunication services, according to a join press release from...

China Telecom to include Gemalto NFC SIM card in commercial rollout

Gemalto today announced it is one of the suppliers selected by China Telecom for its UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIM to support their commercial rollout of mobile contactless services, according to a press release. China Telecom is a leading operator in...

Bango partners with Etisalat to take direct operator billing to EMEA

Mobile payments provider Bango and telco Etisalat Group are partnering to deploy direct operator billing across Etisalat Group’s markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, according to an announcement. Etisalat said in the announcement it will be the first...

India MNOs add in-app purchase capability with mopay partnership

Mopay announced its entry into the Indian market with an HTML5 in-app billing solution, the company said in a press release on Monday. Mopay is launching the HTML5-for-mobile version of its direct carrier billing platform on all large Indian carriers....

Bango expands direct carrier billing to more countries

Bango announced in a press release earlier this week that since the beginning of the year it has enabled direct carrier billing capabilities for mobile app store partners with Saudi Telecom and Mobily in Saudi Arabia, Mobinil in Egypt, Telkom...

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Mobile carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon are competing to offer their own proprietary mobile payments apps and billing services as they try to find new channels to increase revenue and stay relevant.