The Starbucks mobile wallet: Will fantasy become reality?


Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez believes robust rewards could help such an initiative take off.


App overload: mobile payments adding convenience or confusion?

Ron Herman, Founder & CEO of Sionic Mobile, urges mobile-payment app providers to focus on the customer experience first.

Apple in payments: Bluetooth edition

Cherian Abraham from Experian Global Consulting examines how Apple might enable payments at the point-of-sale in the next iPhone.

Alipay's mobile ticketing plans could have an impact outside the Far East

Alibaba's payments arm is involved in a transit pilot in 30 cities across China.

Consumers want three main things from mobile payments

Kristen Gramigna, chief marketing officer for BluePay, gives some insight into what she believes works at the point of sale.

Leave my physical wallet at home? No thanks

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez addresses one particular marketing issue that is backfiring on mobile wallet providers.

Apple in payments: a disruptor's dilemma

Cherian Abraham, who is the mobile commerce and payments lead at Experian Global Consulting, dives into what we could see happen in the next iPhone.

Banks lag behind retailers, telcos in providing mobile wallets

The trade group Mobey Forum advises financial institutions to reconsider the role prepaid plays in mobile financial services.

Mobile is threatening to end POS terminals at restaurants

Noah Glass, Founder and CEO of Olo, believes mobile ordering will one day change this particular industry.

Will India’s Aadhaar fulfill its mobile payments promise?

The main goal of the system is to finally deliver the most basic financial services to a large number of citizens that have, in their abject state of financial exclusion, been reduced to mere spectators to the oft-spectacular Indian growth story.

Brazil's mobile payments market comes into focus after regulations

Mobile network operators, bank card issuers, acquirers and the card brands are working together on a variety of projects.

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Amazon sneakily introduces barebones mobile wallet app

Amazon Wallet appeared on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play store late last week, but a number of Android fan blogs are just noticing it exists. Amazon's new app, which is a beta version, does not support mobile payments, but...

Westpac tests NFC-enabled mobile payments using HCE in New Zealand

Westpac is trialing Host Card Emulation (HCE) mobile payments and is the first bank in New Zealand to do so, according to an announcement from the financial institution. Westpac is using Carta Worldwide's HCE technology during the three-month trial, which...

ACI Worldwide to acquire Retail Decisions to boost CNP fraud prevention

ACI Worldwide, a global provider of electronic payment and banking products, and Retail Decisions (ReD), a fraud prevention company, today announced that they have entered into a definitive transaction agreement, according to a press release. Under the terms of the...

Payments Council report claims UK leads the world in mobile payments

Following the April launch of Paym, a person-to-person mobile payment service, the U.K. Payments Council Thursday launched a research paper comparing mobile payments markets on an international basis.

Twitter acquires payments company CardSpring

Twitter Thursday announced on its blog that it has acquired CardSpring, a payments infrastructure company that helps merchants work with leading publishers to create online-to-offline promotions. CardSpring also announced the acquisition on its blog. "We see the intersection of payments...

Sionic Mobile enables e-donations through online and smartphone portals

Sionic Mobile and Ching Thursday launched Shop2Give, a fundraising product that enables non-profit organizations to make the most of e-donations at no extra cost to supporters.

Visa introduces Visa Checkout to replace

Visa today announced the launch of Visa Checkout, a payment service that replaces and enables consumers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks, according to a...

Is Japan getting a preview of Apple's mobile wallet plans?

Without any warning or fanfare, Apple today launched a service in Japan that enables iPhone and iPod Touch users to add funds to their Apple ID account without the need for a physical card. Reports later surfaced that the service...

Standard Bank launches MasterPass-enabled app in South Africa

MasterCard today announced Standard Bank will be the first South African financial instiution to offer its digital wallet service, MasterPass. "The world we shop in is constantly evolving and the ways we pay should keep pace. With a single click,...

Prepaid cards No. 1 in growth for June

Prepaid cards took the biggest hike of any noncash payment method in June in terms of dollar volume — barely, beating out credit by just one-tenth of a percent.

UK airline testing iBeacons across Europe

United Kingdom-based airline easyJet this week announced that it has become the first airline to trial iBeacon technology across Europe to help passengers navigate their way through the airport, according to a press release. The strategically placed beacons, which are...

British consumers adopting mobile banking and payments at a high rate

Britain consumers are using mobile and Internet banking to tune of nearly £1 billion (US$1.7 billion) worth of transactions per day, according to a major industry-wide report into consumer-friendly technology by the British Bankers Association and Ernst and Young. The...

'Dads and Grads' gifting period boosts digital card sales for CashStar

CashStar, a digital gifting company with over 300 retailer partners, today announced it achieved an 80-percent year-over-year increase in the number of digital gift cards sold in the month of June, according to a press release. The company contributed the...

Interesting stats emerge from BofA's inaugural Trends in Consumer Mobility Report

Consumers who use their smartphones for mobile banking log into their account almost daily, and no less than once a week, according to Bank of America's inaugural Trends in Consumer Mobility Report. The Charlotte-based bank surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers and...

Growing e-commerce market drives digital wallet adoption in China, Forrester report says

Digital wallets adoption is growing in China, according to a new report from Forrester Research. The growth is attributed to the burgeoning e-commerce market, explosive growth of smartphone penetration, and mobile payment technologies in recent years that have made digital...

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