New Zealand mobile payments company buys SMS marketing firm

New Zealand-based Pushpay Holdings Limited, a mobile payment company, has acquired the business assets of Run The Red Limited, a provider of targeted text messaging solutions locally and globally, according to a press release. Terms of the deal were not...


Out of Africa: Why NFC will fail and simplicity will be the winner

Despite the much publicized consumerization of IT and the growing domination of mobile in the online world, progress with mobile payments always seems pretty slow. Sure, we see high growth numbers but from a low user base.

Mobile plugs social values into the retail equation

With mass market computing tech and social networks, consumers can increasingly personalize their shopping choices.

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?

Debunking direct operator billing, Part 1

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

Venmo's new tool flips mobile payments around

Venmo Payouts helps merchants make payments to mobile devices, not vice versa.

Mobile money and women's issues: Pakistan

Nimrah Karim, Associate Consultant, ShoreBank International and field researcher for Bankable Frontier Associates discusses some of her findings in Pakistan.

Turkish football fans test m-ticketing

Carrier biller Onebip and Turkish carrier Turkcell let football fans put ticket charge on their phone bills.

Commentary: Connecting in-store display and mobile shopping

A kiosk expert looks at the technologies that close the loop between signage and smartphones.

CTIA 2012: Infobip looks for a silver lining in the mobile cloud

Silvio Kutic, CEO of Infobip, a mobile cloud service provider based in Croatia, spent a few moments with Executive Editor Joe Grove at the recent CTIA Wireless 2012 conference in New Orleans, La. He discussed the company's in-app and direct carrier billing services. 

That's not a mobile phone, it's an ATM security device

A skimming solution in Singapore sets off SMS buzz in America.

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Pay-by-phone parking now available in three UAE cities

Etisalat, a UAE-based telecom, announced Monday consumers can now pay for parking via a text message in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Users also will receive a text message when their parking time is about to expire, according to a...

Direct Auto Insurance adds mobile payments via SMS

DirectAuto Insurance has rolled out new mobile capabilities, including a pay-by-text feature and an app that evaluates driving habits. Customers with a mobile phone and bank account who choose to pay monthly premiums by SMS can text their payment up...

Pilot project brings carrier billing to the parking lot

The carrier biller Boku and PassportParking, a provider of integrated cloud-based parking solutions, are running a pilot project to let drivers pay for parking via SMS. Boku said the partnership marks the first time carrier billing has been used to...

Tanzanians can now pay taxes, vehicle fees via mobile phone

The Tanzanian government has begun using mobile phones to accept tax payments and motor vehicle licensing fees. According to IT News Africa, the Tanzania Revenue Authority announced last Friday that it had collected about $2.5 million since it launched the service about three weeks ago.

Indian Railways to begin mobile payments, ticketing

One of the world's largest railway systems is going mobile. According to the Economic Times of India, IRCTC, the subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles ticketing, will begin offering train tickets via SMS messaging beginning in July. To use...

Bucharest commuters get mobile payment option

The mass transit system in Bucharest, Romania, will offer riders mobile ticketing beginning this month. The announcement from Metrorex, the system's operator, follows a successful pilot of the program at seven stations throughout the city. Subscribers to wireless carriers Orange...

WeChat to offer 300M subscribers mobile payments

Three hundred million chat users are about to get a mobile payment tool. This according to news site Sohu via Asian tech site TechNode.

Mobile payments on the Italian Magic Bus

Italian mobile payment consortium Movincom has launched its first pilot program with partner AIM Mobilitia and Magic Bus, a local transport company in the Vicenza province. Beginning next week, riders on four routes will have a mobile payment option that...

Swedish transit gets a Seamless transition

Since Feb. 1, Seamless, the Stockholm-based company behind the SEQR mobile payment product, has been running the mobile payment ticketing system for Västtrafik, the public transit system for Västra Götaland in Western Sweden.

UK banks to launch mobile P2P network next year

The U.K. is set to take the lead in person-to-person mobile payments.

Carrier biller mopay offering loyalty, CRM tools

Direct carrier biller mopay is making its payment platform more useful to merchants, adding functionality that includes a mobile loyalty management suite. Merchants will have access to customer relationship management, loyalty and gamification tools, as well as a new feature...

AT&T intros location-based AT&T Alerts for use by retailers

AT&T today launched AT&T Alerts, an opt-in, geo-location text messaging alerts service that will enable consumers to receive offers such as discounts, rewards and promotions from nearby retailers. Offered free to consumers, the AT&T Alerts is available without the need...

Powerball could become one huge freakin' mobile payment

Yes, there's actually a mobile payment story in tonight's $550 million PowerBall drawing. Denizens of the Twin Cities looking for a place to score a lottery ticket for the drawing will be able to buy a ticket using their mobile...

Gemalto buys its own mobile payment platform

Digital security giant Gemalto announced today that it has closed the acquisition of Ericsson Internet Payment Exchange AB, with the exception of operations in United States, from Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson. Stockholm-based IPX was created by Ericsson and has developed one...

Sophisticated malware hits Chinese mobile money users

Underscoring the issue of security for mobile payments, Chinese mobile payment users are dealing with a nasty bit of malware. The SMSZombie virus is targeting the mobile payment system of state-owned wireless provider China Mobile.

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