Europe furniture retailer expands mobile payment app options

Europe's biggest furniture retailer has expanded the features of its Wirecard mobile payment app to include Maestro and credit cards. Wirecard's Mobel Inhofer customers in France, Austria and Switzerland can now provide customers delivery payment options of direct debit, credit...

Mastercard launches Bill Pay Exchange

Mastercard has launched a new digital solution that allows customers to manage regular utility, rent, credit card, mortgage and other regularly billed accounts without having to set up accounts with different billers or remember multiple passwords and dates for payments...

Allied Wallet adds WeChat Pay with 900 million active users

Online payment processing provider, Allied Wallet, has added WeChat Pay as a payment option to their platform, a news release said. . In the estimated $16 trillion Chinese mobile payments market, WeChat has over one billion users and its payment function, WeChat Pay, has over 900 million active users every month.

MasterCard works with EasyPay in South Africa on mobile utility payments

South Africans can now buy prepaid utility services or pay their accounts from approximately 600 bill issuers with the new EasyPay Mobile app using Masterpass, the global digital payment service from MasterCard, according to a press release. MasterCard announced the...

Speedpay inks pact with Denver Water

Speedpay, a Western Union subsidiary, has signed a five-year contract with Denver Water, Colorado's oldest and largest water utility, according to a press release. Speedpay will offer tailored payment products including electronic billing, web, interactive voice response, auto pay and...

Speedpay selected as billing and payments provider for Rapid Auto Loans

Speedpay, a Western Union subsidiary, has been selected as the electronic billing presentment and payments provider for Rapid Auto Loans, a Florida-based consumer finance company specializing in immediate short-term cash loans on vehicles. As part of its agreement with Speedpay,...

Study: Consumers still wary about security with mobile banking, payments

Nearly 6 in 10 consumers pay bills on line, but half of this group have concerns about the security of doing so, according to Expectations & Experiences: Consumer Payments, a new consumer survey from Fiserv Inc. Further, consumers are interested...

OneUnited Bank selects Speedpay as payments provider

Speedpay Inc., a Western Union subsidiary, has been selected as the electronic billing presentment and payments provider for OneUnited Bank. As part of its agreement with Speedpay, OneUnited Bank will now offer mortgage loan and secured credit card customers the...

Speedpay releases updated bill payment platform

Speedpay Inc., a Western Union subsidiary, has announced the latest release of its Next Gen bill payment platform, according to a press release. This updated version provides current and future clients across all industries with an easy bill payment product,...

Payscout launches self-service payment portal for collections

Payscout, a global payments processing provider, has launched Condor, a new payment portal that facilitates payment processing transactions between a business and its debtors through a front-end portal, increasing efficiency without impact to live agents, according to a press release....

Samsung Pay now supports bill payments in India

Samsung Pay in India now supports bill payments thanks to an integration with the National Payments Corporation of India's Bharat Bill Payments System, according to multiple local reports. Users will now be able to view and pay bills such as...

PayPal's TIO Networks says data breach affected 1.6M users

TIO Networks, a bill-payment platform PayPal acquired over the summer, announced a security vulnerability may have affected the personal information of some 1.6 million customers, according to multiple media reports. PayPal acquired TIO Networks in July for $238 million in...

Fintech startup Payrailz debuts to help small FIs with payments

Payrailz, a digital payments provider offering advanced bill payment and money transfer products to banks and credit unions, has officially launched. The Connecticut-based company wants to help financial institutions succeed by offering a smarter, faster and more engaging payment experience...

Consumers more comfortable with nonfinancial providers for bill pay, money transfers

A substantial number of consumers are comfortable using nonfinancial providers for essential activities such as paying bills, transferring money to others and taking out loans, according to the latest consumer trends survey from Fiserv. The survey also found notable adoption...

Study: Sub-Sahara Africa driving global market for mobile money

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for more than half of all mobile money deployments worldwide and is pioneering a range of new mobile money use cases, according to new GSMA data. The latest State of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa presentation, made...

Carnival to offer Alipay onboard Asian fleet

Carnival Corp. has signed an agreement to offer Alipay payment services onboard its cruise ship fleet in Asia, including multiple ships in China. As part of this agreement, Carnival's first and largest brand in China — Costa Cruises — will give passengers the option to use their existing Alipay account as a payment method for cabin folios.

Transactis partners with Walletron for mobile wallet billing and payment

Transactis has announced plans to expand its electronic billing and payment offering, BillerIQ, through a strategic relationship with Walletron, provider of moBills, a bill-to-wallet service. This alliance will allow businesses to present notifications and billing statements and provide a streamlined...

Mitek to enable B2B mobile deposits on Ariba Network

Mitek has announced that it intends to enable B2B mobile payments on the Ariba Network, a global business-to-business trading platform. Leveraging its MiSnap Multi-Check Capture and Mobile Deposit applications, Mitek aims to empower the more than 2.5 million businesses connected...

Paytm launches mobile bill-payment service in Canada

New Delhi-based Paytm, has launched its bill-payment service in Canada, making it the first Indian company to debut such a service in the Great White North. Paytm users in Canada can use the Paytm Canada app to pay bills for...

DocuSign enables Android Pay, Apple Pay document payments

DocuSign, a global e-signature and digital transaction management company, has made its DocuSign Payments product available to its U.S. customers, with select international markets expected next month, according to a press release. The San Francisco-based company said DocuSign Payments is...

Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

Mobile Payments Today is seeking editorial content in 2017 from industry thought leaders in the form of contributed articles and blog posts. We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch. Submissions should be between...

Mobile Payments Today publishes new mobile app guide

One of the bigger trends to emerge in 2016 was how payments became a larger focus for retailers as they attempt to keep customers within their app for the entire shopping experience. To that end, Mobile Payments Today is proud...

Western Union makes strategic investment in mobile payments tech company

Western Union has announced today that it has made a strategic investment in Walletron Inc., a provider of mobile wallet bill presentment and payment capabilities. Walletron automates a brand's presence in mobile wallets such as Apple Wallet and Android Pay,...

Mobile Payments Today releases new Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide

Choosing the right mobile wallet can be tricky and time consuming, but we've done the research for you! The 2016 Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide gathers in one spot a compendium of the industry's top mobile wallets, compiling their differing capabilities...

Walletron, Speedpay form pact to present bills in mobile wallets

Walletron, a provider of bill presentment and payment capabilities into consumers' mobile wallets, has announced a strategic alliance with Speedpay. Speedpay now offers Walletron moBills, enabling biller clients to present personalized notifications, bill information, and a streamlined payment experience to...

North American Retail Hardware Association partners with Payment Alliance International

The North American Retail Hardware Association and Payment Alliance International have formed a partnership in order to offer home improvement retailers new payment solutions. PAI is deeply invested in ATMs and retail business payment solutions, currently serving 70,000 ATMs and...

PayNearMe acquires consumer financial management app Prism Money

Electronic cash payment network PayNearMe has acquired consumer financial management app Prism Money. According to a press release, the move will allow PayNearMe to offer businesses and financial institutions the capability for in-app bill presentment that enables their customers to...

Fortumo launches direct carrier billing in India with Reliance Communications

Indian mobile operator, Reliance Communications, and mobile payment platform provider Fortumo today announced the launch of direct carrier billing in India. All Reliance Communications customers will be able to make purchases for digital content and games by charging the payments...

Passport gains $8 million in funding round

Mobile technology company Passport recently announced that it has gained $8 million in its Series B round of funding. Passport offers a mobile payments software solution for parking and transportation customers, according to a press release. Passport's solution integrates mobile...

Fortumo makes push in Africa

The mobile payments company Fortumo today announced it has launched direct carrier billing in three new African markets, according to a company press release. More than 52 million people in Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal can now make digital payments and have the purchases charged to their mobile phone bill.

Plastiq intros mobile photo bill pay app

Users can pay a bill with a credit or debit card after snapping a photo.

ACI, PayNearMe partner on mobile cash tax payments

Consumers can make a tax cash payment at a participating 7-Eleven after they scan a PayNearMe barcode.

SlabbKiosks inks partnership to deploy EMV-enabled bill payment kiosks

Kiosk manufacturer SlabbKiosks has partnered with Ingenico Group to deploy EMV-enabled bill payment devices. SlabbKiosks will integrate Ingenico's payment system into its kiosks.

TFCU selects ProPay to enable text loan payments

TFCU members can now use their preferred debit card, credit card or bank account to pay loans by responding to a text message.

Fiserv survey shows mobile bill pay as top activity on biller websites

Billing organizations are experiencing a surge in mobile visits as consumers use mobile devices for more activities, including payments.

Wal-Mart extends partnership with bill payment company

Wal-Mart customers can continue to access bill payment services via the company's website or by visiting MoneyGram kiosks.

Mobile Payments Today report shows consumers not ready to embrace change

This year's state-of-the-Industry report contains 50-plus pages of charts, comparison data and actionable advice.

Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch.

IMImobile, Airtel launch mobile billing merchant service in Africa

The new Airtel Tap2Bill service will enable content providers and merchants to utilize Airtel’s billing infrastructure to charge and bill their customers.

Fiserv, Early Warning partner to push real-time bill payments, deposits

The partnership will initially facilitate real-time bill payment and deposit capabilities for users of the NOW Network from Fiserv or the good funds network from Early Warning.

PayNearMe launches mobile bill payment center for unbanked consumers

PayNearMe said this domestic bill payment service is the first in a line of affordable financial services that the company plans to offer cash-preferring U.S. consumers.

Survey participants wanted for 2016 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report

Mobile Payments Today has released its latest survey for the upcoming 2016 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report.

US Bank to offer business customers Fiserv's billing product

Electronic payments can be accepted through a variety of channels including online, mobile, automated phone system and customer assisted phone system.

Europe's paysafecard voucher now available via mobile app

Cellum and Cardnet will provide the backbone for mobile purchases of the prepaid vouchers.

PreCash bill-payment app now part of ProPack productivity bundle

Evolve Money lets consumers pay their bills at more than 12,000 service providers through just one account.

New study sizes up bill payment methods

Cash constitutes just 8 percent of bill payments, but still leads credit and mobile; checks are now a distant second to online payments.

Software provider gives small businesses mobile bill pay option

LiveSite Online Payments from vCita gives businesses a website-integrated, online payments product that lets clients pay using any credit card, even from their mobile phone.

Tweet a payment with Barclays' Pingit mobile app

Consumers will also be able to us the service starting next month to pay small businesses.

UnitedHealthcare adds payments to updated mobile app

The mobile bill-payment service is available to more than 13 million plan participants nationwide

Mobile bill payment grows

Some 27 million U.S. online households now pay at least one bill from their phone, up nearly 70 percent over 2013.

UK consumers want more mobile purchasing options, survey says

Some 47 percent of mobile users in the U.K. would like to use their mobile phone more to pay for physical or quasi-physical goods and services.

Pay the rent from your mobile device

PayLease announced the launch of several mobile products that will enable residents to pay rent or HOA dues using a smartphone.

The paper check: One step closer to extinction?

VerifyValid Mobile Checkbook lets businesses and consumers write, approve, sign, receive and deposit checks directly from their Android-based mobile device.

Xoom intros cross-border bill payments

Xoom Bill Pay enables immigrants in the U.S. to pay bills online on behalf of relatives in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Intuit updates mobile bill-payment app

Check has been updated for iOS 8 and comes with some new features exclusive to the iPad.

GSMA publishes Code of Conduct for MNOs

The trade group has outlined common practices for companies who serve as mobile money providers.

Mobile Payments Today publishes State of the Industry report surveyed consumers in the U.S., U.K., India and Brazil to discover how they are adapting to the growing mobile payments industry. Our fourth edition is available in five versions.

Orange Money offers mobile transfers with Bank of Africa

Service is live in Madagascar and will be available in more countries in the coming months.

Allied enhances mobile bill product with new partnership

Top Image Systems Ltd., a mobile imaging platform provider, Monday announced a long-term transaction-based deal with Allied Payment Network to implement MobiPAY within PicturePay.

GoDaddy makes mobile payments possible for its small business partners

Website hosting company GoDaddy has partnered with Dwolla, Stripe and PayPal to enable small businesses to accept payments on mobile phones, laptops and tablets through its new Get Paid offering, according to a press release. With Get Paid, small business...

Zimbabwe insurance holders can pay premiums through Telecash wallet

Three insurance firms in Zimbabwe have agreed to a deal with the country's largest mobile network operator to enable customers to pay their premiums through telecom’s mobile electronic service, Telecash, according to a press release. Old Mutual, Zimnat and Nyaradzo...

Intuit acquires mobile bill pay company Check

Intuit Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Check, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based mobile bill pay company that serves 10 million registered users, for $360 million. Intuit said in a press release the acquisition will...

E-Complish releases texting service for bill payment

E-Complish has released a new payment system called E-Complish Text2Pay, a mobile text-based service that allows users to accept a wide variety of payment types through SMS text messaging., the company behind text voting for American Idol, The Voice,...

Erste Bank launches m-payment app powered by Cellum

Central European financial institution Erste Bank Group has launched its branded mobile payment app in Hungary. Erste MobilePay, was developed by European m-commerce technology provider Cellum Group and is the first smartphone app in Hungary to offer person-to-person money transfers,...

MNepal, eServGlobal partner for Nepalese mobile financial services

MNepal, a consortium of bank and non-bank entities, is to offer financial services in Nepal in partnership with eServGlobal, according to an announcement from the companies. Paris-based eServGlobal provides end-to-end mobile financial services technology to emerging markets. The two companies...

Demand for mobile bill payment outstrips supply in US

U.S. billers are falling behind consumers in terms of their readiness for mobile bill presentment and payment, according to a survey by Fiserv. Fiserv's second annual Biller Mobile Bill Pay Benchmark study examines how billers are keeping pace with the...

PayNearMe raises $20 million in new funding

The U.S. electronic cash transaction network PayNearMe has closed a $20 million round of financing led by GSV Capital.

Xoom acquires BlueKite for cross-border bill pay

San Francisco-based digital money transfer provider Xoom has acquired BlueKite for $15 million in cash and equity. Guatemala City-based BlueKite has built a technology platform for cross-border bill payments and mobile phone top-ups. Xoom provides digital money transfer from mobile phones, tablets and PCs in 31 countries.

Top-five US bank invests in Kofax mobile software licenses

Kofax has announced that a top-five U.S. bank has made a $1 million initial investment in the Irvine, Calif.-based company's mobile customer engagement software.

Interswitch brings cardless mobile ATM withdrawals to Nigeria

The African payments company Interswitch Transnational has added cardless ATM withdrawals for mobile money users to its Quickteller service. Quickteller allows customers to buy airtime, pay bills and transfer funds at various touch points, including ATMs, POS terminals, the Internet...

Omanye Money launches international mobile remittances to Ghana

U.K.-based Omanye Money has launched an international remittance service enabling customers to transfer funds directly from their mobile phones to recipients' Airtel Money mobile wallets in Ghana. Airtel Money is a mobile money service operated by the multinational mobile operator...

T-Mobile's prepaid Visa card driven by Blackhawk Network

T-Mobile's new Mobile Money account and its associated reloadable prepaid Visa card, which were announced last week, are powered by technology and service provided by Blackhawk Network California. Based in Pleasanton, Calif., Blackhawk Network California is an affiliate of Blackhawk...

Payment processor BillingTree goes (auto)mobile with ZNAP

The Phoenix-based payment processor BillingTree has launched a suite of mobile marketing and payment products for the auto industry. BillingTree's mobile payment and lifecycle management technology allows customers to view and pay their bills by scanning QR codes with their...

Toyota to accept Pingit mobile payments in UK

Toyota's financial services arm is offering U.K. customers the option of making additional payments on their car plans by using Barclay's Pingit mobile payment service.

Malauzai mobile app grows in popularity with community banks

Malauzai, a provider of mobile banking SmartApps for community banks and credit unions, reports rapid growth in customers and revenue in 2013. Revenue grew by 205 percent year on year, while community bank and credit union customers increased by 90...

T-Mobile offers low cost banking with prepaid Visa card

T-Mobile U.S. is offering a raft of cheap banking services with its new reloadable T-Mobile Visa prepaid card, issued by The Bancorp Bank. The T-Mobile prepaid card comes with the Mobile Money by T-Mobile smartphone app, and has no charges for card activation, monthly maintenance, in-network ATM withdrawals or for replacing lost or stolen cards.

Commonwealth Bank releases iPhone contactless stickers

Australia's Commonwealth Bank has made mobile wallets available for all its customers with the release of the new CommBank app and CommBank PayTag NFC sticker for iPhones. The release follows the launch of new CommBank apps and stickers for Android...

Central Bank of Jordan plans mobile wallets

The Central Bank of Jordan plans to allow Jordanian banks and telcos to launch mobile wallets as part of its Jordan Mobile Payment project in March, according to The Jordan Times. Jordanians will be able to use mobile wallets for...

Seattle Times taps doxo for bill delivery and payment

The digital file cabinet and online bill payment provider doxo has added The Seattle Times to its list of clients. Seattle-based doxo helps customers manage their accounts by providing a free digital file cabinet that holds information on the various...

Dutch Bangla Bank, Bangladesh Krishi Bank join forces for mobile banking

Bangladesh's Dutch-Bangla Bank has launched mobile banking services at all the 1,026 branches of Bangladesh Krishi Bank. Under an agreement between the two banks, BKB will provide DBBL's mobile banking services such as account-opening, cash deposit (cash-in) and cash withdrawal...

Survey finds U.S. mobile bill payment usage doubles

Fiserv's 2013 Billing Household Survey has revealed significant growth in U.S. consumers paying bills from smartphones and tablets.

With checks still popular, UK looks to mobile devices to speed processing

The U.K. Treasury has announced plans to speed up check processing and to promote check imaging via smartphones, tablets and ATMs.

'Airtel Money' reaches 1.8 million Zambian customers, now offers mobile insurance

Mobile operator Bharti Airtel is expanding the range of services that can be paid for with Airtel Money mobile money accounts in Africa. Bharti Airtel provides mobile communications services in 20 African and Asian countries. Its Airtel Money accounts can...

One million Indians download MobiKwik Android wallet app

Indian prepaid mobile wallet provider MobiKwik reports a million downloads of its Android app from the Google Play Store. This represents a tenfold growth from Nov.

US agency partners with Filipino government on mobile payments service

A local Filipino government and the U.S. Agency for International Development have launched a program to enable disbursements and tax payments via mobile phones, according to Business Mirror. USAID picked Quezon City as its local partner because of its high population density and large number of banks and telcos.

Kansas adds mobile payment solution for property taxes

In 2000, the state of Kansas launched a website that let people avoid a trip to their county treasurer's office and pay property taxes through a desktop version of the Kansas Property Tax Payments service. Now that service, which is...

Mint launches Windows Phone 8 app

Account aggregation and personal financial management service Mint has launched a version of its app for Windows Phone 8-based smartphones and for Windows 8.1-based touchscreen desktop PCs and tablets. Mint is owned by Intuit, the vendor of Quicken and TurboTax....

20 million Brits to use mobile payments by 2020

The value of mobile purchases of goods and services in the U.K. will rise from £4.8 billion ($7.85 billion) in 2013 to £14.2 billion ($23.22 billion) in 2018, according to a study by the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

Barclays' Pingit enables large company payments to individuals

Barclays has added a feature to its Pingit mobile payment and P2P transfer service that gives large U.K. businesses such as insurers, retailers and utility companies the ability to pay individuals using their mobile phone numbers. The U.K.-based bank says...

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...

FirstBank is first regional FI to offer mobile bill payment

Denver-based FirstBank is about to roll out a mobile photo bill-pay solution that lets customers pay bills and add payees by snapping a photo of an invoice with smartphones, American Banker reports. FirstBank will become the first U.S.

Rhode Island health insurer adds mobile bill-payment option

ACI Worldwide, a provider of electronic payment and banking systems, announced that Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will leverage its bill-payment solutions to power mobile, Web, interactive voice response, call center and consolidated remittance payment options on...

Medical manager turns to Bluefin for integrated payment processing solution

Bluefin Payment Systems, a financial technology provider of integrated payment solutions for software vendors, and Medtask, a cloud-based provider of practice management solutions for the medical industry, have partnered to provide integrated payment processing within the Medtask practice management platform....

Healthcare finance company adds mobile payment option

CarePayment, a healthcare finance company that helps people manage out-of-pocket medical expenses, has added functionality to its member portal that allows patients to make payments using any smartphone or tablet. The company, which makes payment programs available through hospitals and...

Mexican Coca-Cola bottler deploys mobile payments solutions

The white label mobile payments provider Mozido has deployed its enterprise platform with a Coca-Cola bottler in Mexico. The project with Bepensa Bebidas initially includes mobile top-up and bill payment for consumers, Mozido said in a news release, as well...

Mobetize, RentMoola offer mobile payments for Canadian rental market

Mobile money enabler Mobetize Corp. has signed a partnership with RentMoola to bring mobile rent payments to Canadian tenants and landlords.

Fiserv dials up Snap-to-Pay mobile bill payment

Fiserv Inc., a global provider of financial services technology solutions, announced today the launch of its Snap-to-Pay capability for select Fiserv mobile banking and payments solutions, which enables consumers to pay bills with a "snap" of their smartphone cameras. Essential...

AmEx Serve includes mobile bill-pay app

American Express Serve today announced a free nationwide cash load network and the addition of new money management capabilities to its full-service reloadable prepaid account, including a mobile bill-pay capability. The new features also include direct deposit, mobile check capture...

Dubai government updates mobile payment app

Asia Pacific Future Gov reports that the Dubai Smart Government Department has launched an update to its mPay app, which allows residents to pay government bills and fines via smartphones. The app launched in November and has seen 13,000 downloads...

W.Va. natural gas co. adds mobile bill pay

Mountaineer Gas Company, a West Virginia natural gas utility, has launched services on doxo, a paperless bill payment solution. Mountaineer Gas' customers can now receive bills and other documents, organize account info and make payments directly from their free personal...

Medical marijuana payment company launches mobile app

The U.S. medical marijuana industry now has its own mobile app. Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions, which describes its mission as providing end-to-end management across multiple systems for medical marijuana operations, announced the launch this week. With rapid growth in the...

Monitise adds bill pay, cardless cash withdrawals to BlackBerry Money

Indonesian mobile financial tech company Monitise has added bill payments and cardless cash withdrawals to BlackBerry Money, its BlackBerry Messenger peer-to-peer payments service. BlackBerry Money launched earlier this year through a joint venture with BlackBerry, Astra Graphia Information Technology and...

Telco aims to bring mobile payments to Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani mobile operator Azercell Telekom plans to launch a mobile payment service for subscribers, according to Trend, which reports that the announcement came Friday during a news conference. The service, which is set for rollout by mid-2014, will handle...

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.

Mobile bill payment provider Check raises $24 million

Check, a Silicon Valley firm that developed a mobile application for tracking and paying bills, has secured $24 million in Series C funding, led by new investor Menlo Ventures. Menlo Ventures' Managing Director Doug Carlisle will join Check's board, and...

Propay targets millennials with mobile rent payment solution

With scores of smartphone-owning millennials coming down the pike, property management firms may need to alter how they communicate with those potential customers. With that in mind, Propay, a merchant services, payment security and mobile payments company, has launched a...

Western Union survey finds more using mobile devices to pay bills

Mobile devices are changing how U.S. consumers pay bills, even as people continue to use different payment channels such as in-person or mail, according to the latest findings from the Western Union Bill Payments Money Mindset Index. Fifteen percent of...

Bango goes live with Firefox Marketplace

Bango, a mobile payment and analytics company, has made its integration with Mozilla's Firefox Marketplace live, the company announced. Bango will provide operator billing and other billing options in the first Firefox OS launch markets, meaning Firefox Marketplace users can...

Report: China's mobile payments will exceed $1.45T by 2015

Citing a new study by the Internet Society of China, People's Daily Online reports that online payment transactions handled by Chinese mobile payment service providers will exceed 9 trillion yuan, or $1.45 trillion U.S. currency, by 2015. According to the...

Indian electric utility customers can pay with mobile wallet

Beginning Aug. 7, electric consumers in the Indian city of Mumbai will be able to pay their bills through mobile wallets, according to Indian Express.

Movida, ICICI Bank partner for mobile payments

Movida, the mobile payments joint venture between Visa and Monitise, today said private bank ICICI Bank will utilize its payment services, according to a story in the Economic Times of India. The service will enable ICICI Bank payment card holders...

India's Mobikwik upgrades Android app

Mobikwik, the India-based recharge and online payment service provider, has announced a new release of its Android application. The new Mobikwik 3.1 version is designed to provide a cleaner user-interface and fix various bugs with the previous version. With it,...

BBVA adds photo bill payment to mobile banking app

Financial institution BBVA Compass is jumping on the picture bill payment bandwagon, announcing it has added the feature to its iPhone app. With picture bill pay, bank customers can pay bills and add payees by simply taking pictures of their...

First Data to distribute MPayMe mobile bill payment tool in Asia Pacific

Hong Kong-based MPayMe Ltd. and merchant acquirer First Data Corporation have formed a strategic partnership aimed at markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

MasterCard, Telefónica first mobile money service set to launch

Mobile Financial Service, the Brazilian joint venture announced last between wireless carrier Telefónica and MasterCard Worldwide, is ready to launch Brazil's first mobile payment service: Zuum. According to MFS, the service will launch in five cities in the state of...

Pageonce rebrands as Check

Personal finance and bill payment app Pageonce is rebranding itself as Check. Used by more than 8 million customers, the Check app lets users link all of their financial accounts in one place and pay bills directly from the app.

New data shows rapid growth of mobile bill payment

Financial services technology provider Fiserv Inc. has released new data from surveys on the state of bill paying.

New tools from ACI Worldwide open the mobile channel to billers

Payment system provider ACI Worldwide has launched a new service for billers that lets them offer customers a full mobile bill payment option. Its Mobile Bill Pay suite is an end-to-end solution that provides notification, viewing and payment of a...

CSI targets corporate travel with its virtual credit card

CSI Enterprises Inc. is a provider of payment solutions for enterprises and businesses.

City Bank Texas adds mobile bill payment by Picture Pay

Allied Payment Network, a provider of online bill payment services to the financial industry, has announced that City Bank Texas, a Lubbock, Texas-based FI with $2 billion in assets, has launched the Picture Pay mobile bill payment solution. Allied Picture...

PayToo intros bill payment from mobile wallet

PayToo has announced a new service for the unbanked customer — PayToo Bill Payments. The service lets consumers make payments to hundreds of U.S.

FICO rolls out mobile bill payment apps

Predictive analytics and software provider FICO has announced a couple of new mobile applications aimed at the bill payment market. FICO said its new capabilities for payment management and electronic document handling will help businesses manage risk, fight fraud and...

Study: consumer bill payment migrates to online, mobile channels

Money transfer specialist The Western Union Company released its most recent Money Mindset Index, a study of how consumers pay their bills, and no surprise, use of mobile bill payment is on the rise. According to the study of U.S.

Canadian carrier Mobilicity releases mobile bill payment app with TIO

Bill payment company TIO Networks Corp. has announced that its partnership with Canadian carrier Mobilicity has yielded a native smartphone-based account payment app for Mobilicity customers.

Report: 1 billion mobile banking customers by 2017

Bill payment from a tablet is, not surprisingly, on the rise. Analysts at Juniper Research said that growing acceptance of mobile banking coupled with a rise in tablet adoption will push users of transactional tablet banking to nearly 200 million consumers in 2017.

ACI Worldwide wraps up acquisition of Online Resources Corp.

ACI Worldwide, a provider of payment systems, has completed the acquisition of Online Resources Corporation, a provider of online banking and full service bill pay solutions. The acquisition adds electronic bill presentment and payment solutions to the ACI Universal Payments...

Western Union debuts new mobile bill payment apps

Western Union Co. is making it easier for billers to offer mobile payment solutions to their customers.

US Bank rolls out mobile bill payment

Announced in early December, U.S. Bank is officially rolling out mobile bill payment to its customers.

Digital donation kiosk accepts mobile payments, targets next-gen givers

Donation-supported organizations have another mobile-friendly, modernized means for giving. The iGIVE Digital Donation Kiosk is now available from self-service and digital signage provider inLighten and accepts payments ranging from personal checks to Google Wallet. "This unique kiosk has been created...

RentPaidOnline offers renters a mobile payment option

RentPaidOnline has designed an on-the-go payment solution for renters and property managers. The app, a service of EFX Financial Services, lets renters make their monthly payment directly from a smartphone or tablet.

Renters picture a new payment option with Jumio

Jumio Inc. is teaming with RentPaidOnline, a service of EFX Financial Services Inc., to make paying the rent as easy as taking a picture.

Dominican shops, grocers pay bills through Citi's new mobile payment service

Citi has launched a new mobile payment solution for small grocery stores and similar businesses in the Dominican Republic. The service, called Citi Mobile Collect, lets those merchants replace cash payments to their providers with mobile transactions.

Pageonce offers bill payment via mobile to local businesses, individuals

Pageonce, a provider of bill payment services via mobile devices, has announced that it's expanding its payment services with Pay Anyone, a service that caters to to individuals and small businesses. The service lets users pay not only national and regional retailers but also landlords, pre-schools and sports teams, the company said.

Bucking the dongle, Buck launches mobile invoicing

Mobile payment company Buck is looking to disrupt an already disruptive space. It announced the launch of its new "dongle-free payment service" that targets the same small merchants serviced by mobile point-of-sale providers such as Square and Intuit GoPayment. "We're...

Mitek, Allied Payment Network partner on mobile photo bill pay

Mobile imaging software company Mitek Systems and Allied Payment Network have announced that they are partnering to make it easier, if not more pleasant, to pay bills. Allied Payment Network will be adding Mitek Mobile Photo Bill Pay to its...

ACI Worldwide buys Online Resources

Payment system provider ACI Worldwide announced that it is acquiring Online Resources, an online banking and billpay solutions provider. ACI Worldwide will buy Online Resources in an all-cash transaction for $3.85 per share, the companies said. According to the announcement...

New guidelines for QR code use in bill payment released by NACHA

NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association's Council for Electronic Billing and Payment has released new guidelines regarding QR code used for bill payment purposes. The guidelines were developed and finalized by the group with input from industry stakeholders. The QR...

Bango powers new direct carrier option for Google Play

Direct carrier biller Bango PLC is back in the news. This time, the company is offering mobile payment integration with Google Play, which allows consumers to purchase digital content through the Google Play application store by putting the purchase on...

ORCC jumps on the mobile bill payment bandwagon

And yet another mobile bill payment solution hits the market this week. Financial tech company Online Resources Corporation, based in Chantilly, Va., announced its new Mobile Browser Bill Pay solution.

U.S. Bank adds mobile bill payment from Mitek to its mobile offerings

Paying bills isn't fun, but for U.S. Bank customers it will be easier.

Picture Pay makes bill payment a snapshot

Mobile banking app provider Malauzai Software is launching a new mobile solution that makes paying bills as simple as taking a picture. The company said its new Picture Pay app is a standalone mobile payment solution that lets users pay...

Pageonce updates, redesigns its bill payment app

Pageonce, the company behind the Pageonce - Money & Bills personal finance app, said it is on a mission to simplify people's daily financial lives. As a part of that quest, the company announced a new version of its app...

El Paso utility company gets mobile bill payment courtesy of Tio Networks

Bill payment company TIO Networks Corp. has announced that it's helping another local utility with a mobile bill payment app.

Ally Bank launches second generation of mobile banking

Ally Bank is moving right along with mobile banking initiatives. The FI recently announced the expansion of its product suite to include a second generation of Ally Mobile Banking apps. According to announcement from Ally, The new iteration of Ally...

TIO completes first phase of Missouri deployment

City Utilities of Springfield, Mo. has signed a 5-year contract with TIO Networks Corp.

UK brings in iZettle through EE

Starting on Nov. 8, U.K.

India gets a mobile wallet from MobiKwik

It's not just the U.S. market that is gaining a host of new mobile wallet players; the phenomenon is popping up worldwide.

Identive, NXP helping to power Yeldi Group NFC cashless payment solution in India

Germany's Identive Group Inc. and Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors N.V.

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...

TIO hits $100M mark for mobile bill payments

Bill payment specialist TIO Networks has processed more than $100 million in mobile bill payments, the company said. TIO launched TIO Wallet last year, a cloud-based mobile bill payment service that lets consumers store and pay their bills on their mobile devices.

Doxo offers simplified mobile billing for service providers

Doxo, a "digital file cabinet" and electronic bill payment solution provider, has introduced a new feature that lets companies using doxo for bill presentment connect directly with their mobile customers. The new "Connect QR Code" functionality allows business to put...

Paymentus introduces mobile billing, payment solution

Billing and payment tech company Paymentus has launched a new suite of customer billing and payment tools built specifically so that utilities and government and financial institutions can offer self-service options such as mobile and Web billing and payments. The...

Western Union offers enhanced bill payment on mobile

Western Union Company, the one-time pioneer in money transfer, is continuing its push to be a pioneer in the future of money transfer by expanding its mobile offerings. The company announced enhancements to its Western Union Speedpay service that will...

Mobile bill payment app from TIO offers real time payments

Bill payment company TIO Networks Corp. has launched its new TIO MobilePay app that lets consumers in the U.S.

Doxo offers consumers mobile approach to bill payments

Doxo, a Seattle-based company that provides an "all-in-one digital file cabinet" as well as online payment solutions, has announced the launch a new single-click mobile payment solution. It's also adding an Android version of its doxo Mobile app to its existing iPhone offering.

Israeli Zappix debuts new mobile bill pay app

Israel is getting a mobile bill payment app. According to a post on Globes Online, Zappix Ltd.

ProfitStars new platform processes payments from multiple sources.

ProfitStars, a division of banking technology provider Jack Henry & Associates Inc., announced a new remittance payment product called RemitCentral. Complementing ProfitStars RemitPlus Remittance/Lockbox solution, RemitCentral enables payment processing from a variety of sources, including online pay providers, kiosks and...

Parking the Chicago way

If nothing else, we fans of mobile payments will be able to show off pay-by-phone when we park our cars. The Chicago Transit Authority has joined a growing number of cities offering mobile payment options for commuters who need to feed a parking meter.

New England c-store chain pilots m-payment at the pump

Cumberland Farms, a Framingham, Mass.-based chain of convenience stores with locations across the Northeast, is testing a new mobile payment program called SmartPay — and tempting customers with a 5 cent per gallon discount to help them test it. According...

Bus riders in Florence get mobile payment option

Demonstrating once again that transit may be the best incubator for mobile payments, commuters on Florence's public buses now have a mobile payment option. ATAF, the Florentine bus company, announced a new program launched in conjunction with Ericsson IPX that...

LAZ Parking teams with ParkMobile USA to provide m-payment solutions for commuters

LAZ Parking, a company that manages more than 500,000 parking spaces in 23 states and 101 cities in the U.S., is partnering with ParkMobile USA Inc. to offer mobile payment services to LAZ Parking customers.

TIO to launch cloud-based wallet

TIO Networks, an expedited bill-payment processor, will launch a cloud-based wallet platform, TIO Wallet, designed to help the estimated 60 million Americans who have limited access to mainstream financial products. TIO Wallet will provide cash-preferred customers with a tool designed...

MasterCard launches mobile money program to reach world's unbanked

Payment network MasterCard is launching a new program aimed at helping the more than 2.5 billion consumers worldwide who are unbanked and underbanked. The effort, called the MasterCard Mobile Money Partnership Program, will include Indian mobile services provider Comviva, mobile...

WorldPay selects Boku to offer merchants mobile payment option

Direct carrier biller Boku Inc. has a new partner.

Australian Commbank's Kaching proves popular with customers

Australia's Commonwealth Bank may be the case study American banks need when looking to launch a mobile payment product. The bank's CommBank Kaching app has been downloaded more than 110,000 times since its launch late last year.

PaymentOne, Live Gamer partner on mobile billing solution for gaming, entertainment

Direct carrier biller PaymentOne and Live Gamer, a digital commerce and advertising platform for the interactive entertainment industry, announced PaymentOne's AnyPhone payment method has been added to the Live Gamer platform. AnyPhone gives end users a simple way to make...

New Cellulant, Barclays Africa deal to encourage mobile financial services

Kenya-based Cellulant, a provider of mobile financial services, announced a new deal with Barclays Africa aimed at fostering the development of new mobile financial products and services. The company said it will provide digital services for Barclays Africa in 12...

Mopay makes a match with online dating sites

Giving out your number has taken on a whole new meaning in the dating world. Direct carrier biller mopay announced the launch of new payment service tailored for online matchmaking sites that lets users of online dating services pay for those services using their mobile numbers.

Obopay, Warid Telecom partner on m-payment service in Uganda

Mobile financial services company Obopay announced it will be working with Warid Telecom, an Abu Dhabi Group company, to launch a mobile banking and payment service in Uganda. The new service, called Warid Pesa, will provide Ugandans a prepaid account...

Direct carrier biller BilltoMobile makes its mobile payments easier

Direct carrier biller BilltoMobile announced a new, simpler one-click process for consumers shopping on their mobile web browsers. The company's new process means customers can apply their purchases to their mobile phone bills with fewer clicks, making it easier to...

Indian Railway offers mobile ticketing service

The Hindustan Times reports the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has launched a new mobile service aimed at making travel easier for Indian Railway passengers. After downloading the free software to their phones, and registering with the service, travelers...

Vietnamese airline now accepts mobile payments

Saigon Times Online is reporting that low-cost airline Jetstar Pacific has begun accepting mobile payments for ticket fares. The program is a partnership between Jetstar, mobile network operator Vinaphone, online payment gateway OnePay and mobile payment company m-Service. According to...

Parking on the Isle of Wight goes mobile

The Isle of Wight Council is making parking more convenient by enabling a new pay-by-mobile program, the Council said on its website. Beginning Jan.

NYC payment start-up Zipmark lands $2M in seed funding

Zipmark, a New York City-based mobile payment start-up launched in 2010, announced it has secured $2 million in Series Seed funding. The funding round was led by Village Ventures and Contour Venture Partners and supported by NYC Seed, High Peaks...

Paymentwall and Mazooma partner on digital payment services

Paymentwall, a payments platform provider, announced a new partnership with Mazooma, a micropayment solution provider that lets users make e-commerce transactions directly from their bank accounts. According to the announcement, companies using Paymentwall's digital payment platform can offer the Mazooma...

Fiserv study reports use of mobile bill payment growing

New research from Fiserv Inc. shows that mobile payments is about more than paying for purchases at the point of sale. According to Fiserv, a technology provider to financial services companies, consumers are increasingly relying on their mobile devices to pay their household bills.

SalesVu receives funding for cloud-based mobile app

SalesVu Inc., provider of a cloud-based mobile payment application, announced today it has closed $600,000 in a recent round of angel investment funding. Designed to significantly improve payment processing for the growing mobile workforce, the SalesVu solution is the first...

MasterCard Mobile is Hungary for mobile payments

MasterCard Europe is launching a new mobile payment tool, MasterCard Mobile, for the Hungarian market along with partners Telenor, Hungarian Telekom, FHB Bank and Cellum. The company announced the news yesterday.

Fortumo releases new cross-platform mobile billing

In-app billing and mobile payment platform provider Fortumo announced a new cross-platform billing service for HTML-5 supported applications. The new platform is important to digital content providers and developers because it gives them the ability monetize their mobile content regardless...

Polish mPay adds mass transit payments to service

Polish mobile payment service mPay announced that users with Android Smartphone on the Play, Plus and Orange services will be able to buy tickets for public transport in Warsaw using the Transportoid application on their mobile devices.

Pageonce launches new bill-payment app

Pageonce, a personal financial tracking app for smartphones, announced it is launching a new mobile bill-payment service. According to Pageonce, the new service lets consumers view and pay bills from any account using their mobile devices. "Pageonce has been helping...

Houston begins offering mobile payment option for parking

What is it about parking and mobile payments? They just seem to go together. CultureMap, the "daily digital magazine" for Houston, Texas, is reporting that a new cellphone payment system for parking will be announced in Houston, starting with 700...

TIO launches Android version of PG&E app

Bill payment processor TIO Networks Corp. today announced it has launched a new Android version of its popular Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Mobile Bill Payment app.

Amex moves into in-app billing with Sometrics acquisition

TechCrunch is reporting American Express has acquired Sometrics, a "virtual currency platform" and provider of in-app billing and payments. According to TC the deal was worth $30 million.

NCR offers mobile banking platform that integrates kiosk, self-service

NCR Corporation announced today it has launched NCR APTRA Mobile Banking 3.0, a global mobile banking platform intended to let banks offer customers banking services through mobile apps, mobile browser or SMS. NCR said its solution provides features consumers need...

ParkMobile USA connects with Citi to make paying for parking mobile

Paying for being immobile is becoming increasingly mobile. ParkMobile USA Inc., a provider of "cashless parking solutions," announced yesterday it has selected Citi to offer "a new, more comprehensive mobile payment service" to its customers. According to ParkMobile USA, its...

Tap2Pay enters in-app billing competition

More options for mobile developers to monetize their content: Mobile payment provider Text2Pay today announced its new in-app payment product for the Android operating system, Tap2Pay. According to Text2Pay, developers can integrate the Tap2Pay payment widget into their application with...

PaymentOne adds Telefónica Germany to roster of wireless partners

Direct carrier biller PaymentOne is getting on the Telefónica bandwagon. The company announced today it has entered into a direct carrier billing relationship with Telefónica Germany, a unit of global telecom giant Telefónica SA. Telefónica announced earlier this week its...

Telefónica and BlueVia select BOKU as billing partner

BlueVia, the global developer program of wireless giant Telefónica, today announced the release of a new billing API that lets developers and merchants link in-app payments to mobile operator bills without additional authentication. BlueVia also selected direct carrier biller BOKU Inc.

DIMOCO makes direct carrier billing available across Austria

DIMOCO, a provider of mobile transaction processing in Central and Eastern Europe, announced it is now offering direct carrier billing for all four mobile network operators in that country. According to the company's release, carrier billing has only been available...

BOKU reaches all of France with two new deals

Thirty-two million French cellphone subscribers now have an easier way to pay for content on their phones. Direct carrier biller BOKU announced today it has expanded its services to French carriers Bouygues Telecom and SFR.

Arkansas focuses mobile apps on state's underserved

Outreach to the underbanked isn't just for developing economies anymore. Asian site FutureGov features a post on Arkansas' outreach efforts to its poorer residents via mobile apps.

PaymentOne processes $5 billion in payments

No one seems to have told direct carrier biller PaymentOne that mobile payments hasn't arrived yet.

ParkMobile to offer mobile payment parking in Nashville

Parkmobile USA Inc. announced that motorists in downtown Nashville, Tenn., will be able to pay for parking using apps on their iPhones, BlackBerrys and Android smartphones.

NYC to test mobile payments on parking meters

According to the New York Post, New York City drivers can soon look forward to feeding the meter by phone. The city is going to test "pay-by-phone" parking meters. The new meters will warn motorists when time is running out...

Zong snapped up by eBay, added to PayPal

Online auction company eBay Inc. announced it completed its acquisition of direct carrier biller Zong.

NCR tries new kiosk/mobile bill payment solution in Middle East, Africa

NCR Corp. announced it is launching the NCR SelfServ Bill Pay Kiosk hardware, software and managed services payment solution with SIM card dispensing in the Middle East and Africa region. The self-service solution enables consumers to purchase SIM cards, top...

txtNation to provide direct carrier billing services

Mobile billing provider and SMS aggregator txtNation announced its direct carrier billing services are now available to providers looking to monetize their content and digital services. The company also announced services will be deployed first in Ireland and that partnerships with O2 and Vodafone have already been announced.

Net1 to provide mobile virtual cards to Mexican bank

South African alternative payment provider Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc. announced it has signed a contract with Banamex bank to deliver a mobile virtual card application designed for card-not-present (CNP) transactions.

Indian mobile payment company Beam investing $113 million to expand

Indian mobile payment service Beam is expanding its services across India and is planning to invest Rs 500 crore ($113 million) to fund the expansion, according to The article says the funds are coming from overseas investors. Beam provides money transfer services from prepaid accounts using a mobile phone.

First Choice Power offers customers mobile payment option

Texas-based First Choice Power announced a new payment option for some of its energy customers. Those customers on a prepaid plan will now be able to use their mobile devices to pay for their service through First Choice’s QuickPay mobile...

South African bank expands mobile payment service to small businesses

Absa, South Africa’s largest consumer bank, announced it is expanding its CashSend mobile payment product to meet the needs of small business customers, according to South African news outlet The New Age. The new commercial service, called CashSend Plus, is...

BilltoMobile goes global

Direct carrier biller BilltoMobile announced that its services will soon have a global reach, giving its U.S. merchants access to billions of mobile subscribers in the EU, Asia and South America.

TransFirst joins mobile POS market with PayFox

Payment processor TransFirst announced it is entering the mobile point of sale market with the launch of its PayFox application.

NRF: Paying by phone made easy

New IBM technology allows consumers to pay for their in-store products using their smart phones. The company launched the self-checkout system last week at the National Retail Federation's Big Show in New York City. We stopped by the booth to...

Indian metro deploys bill-pay kiosks

Commuters can now pay cell phone bills or top phones off before hopping onto the Metro in New Delhi, according to the Times of India. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently installed multi-service payment kiosks at 20 stations throughout the...

TIO reports higher first-quarter revenue and a smaller net loss

TIO Networks Corp., the expedited bill-payment processor, today reported higher transactional revenue and a smaller net loss for the first fiscal quarter ended Oct. 31, 2010.TIO recorded revenues of $8.5 million, up 67 percent compared with $5.1 million for the same three-month period last year.

TIO Networks signs bill-payment contract with cellular phone company

TIO Networks Inc. has signed a contract with Mobilicity that enables customers of the Toronto-based cellular-phone company to pay their phone bills in cash.

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