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...


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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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...

Safaricom enables faster transactions for M-PESA

Safaricom revealed last week M-PESA users can now make instant mobile banking transactions thanks to a system upgrade to the service's API, the telecom said in a press release. The upgrade resulted in a transaction time reduction from an average...

Qatar mobile operator joins GSMA's initiative

Ooredoo, a mobile operator in Qatar, today announced it has committed to the GSMA's Mobile Money Interoperability program to accelerate the implementation of interoperable mobile money services across Africa and the Middle East, according to a press release. Ooredoo joins...

Deal grants T-Mobile customers fee-free access to Allpoint ATMs

Through an agreement with the Allpoint Network, T-Mobile customers who use their carrier's Mobile Money app and prepaid card will now have surcharge-free access to more than 43,000 Allpoint-branded ATMs across the United States. The Mobile Money program unites a...

Vietnamese MNO to enable carrier billing through mopay partnership

Viettel Telecom, a mobile network operator in Vietnam, and mopay have signed a strategic carrier billing partnership, according to a press release. The companies said the pact will enable mopay's international merchant portfolio to allow Viettel's 58 million customers to...

Prepaid data SIM card kiosk arrives at Osaka airport

Osaka's Kansai International Airport has become the first Japanese airport to introduce a prepaid data SIM card vending machine. Tourists visiting Japan can buy So-net LTE SIM cards from the kiosk, insert them into their mobile devices and access the...

Ireland merchants can add mobile billing via txtNation

Mobile billing provider txtNation has launched its mobile billing for the mobile Web, called Single-Click payments, in Ireland. The new service enables customers to pay with one click on mobile websites with purchases charged to their phone bill or deducted...

Sony adds mobile carrier billing in Canada for PlayStation gamers

Sony Network Entertainment International LLC and Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC today announced Canadian PlayStation users can top up their account wallet for the console's digital store using participating mobile networks thanks to its partnership with mobile carrier billing company...

New Zealand group publishes mobile standards

Payments NZ, an independent, non-competitive organization in New Zealand that oversees payment systems, Wednesday released new mobile device rules and standards that will govern the mobile payments system in the country and protect businesses and consumers. The organization said in...

Philippines telcos sign up iSend for mobile top-up

Middlebury, Conn.-based iSend, a global electronic payment service for people who support family members in other countries, has entered into a direct agreement to provide mobile top-ups to the networks of Smart Communications Inc. and Digitel Mobile Philippines Inc.

Deutsche Telekom inks carrier billing agreement with mopay

Munich-based mopay, a provider of cellphone and landline account billing solutions for online merchants, has announced a carrier billing partnership with Deutsche Telekom. The agreement will allow mopay to connect directly to Deutsche Telekom's international payment hub, the Service Delivery...

Isis offers Amex cardholders NYC taxi promotion

Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has announced a moving promotion for American Express card members. From now through June 1, 2014, Amex cardholders who tap to pay with a registered card...

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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.