Vantiv, a provider of mobile payment solutions, announced a new point-of-sale product on Friday that it will be rolling out in partnership with Verizon Wireless. The product, which is currently in field testing, includes custom tailored applications and an Android-based point-of-sale solution for accepting payments. The applications will be available in Verizon’s Private Application Store for Business. “Merchants and consumers are seeking greater mobility, control and timely access to data,” said Bill Weingart, Chief Product Officer of Vantiv. “We’ve teamed with Verizon to combine our payment and security expertise with Verizon’s ability to tailor development of mobile technologies to address those needs.” Verizon Wireless is also a member of ISIS, an initiative in which it has partnered with AT&T and T-Mobile to provide customers with NFC-based mobile payment options. Vantiv’s full press release follows after the break. More →
Despite the growing number of mobile payment initiatives such as ISIS and Google Wallet, only a handful of consumers actually want to use their phones as a mobile wallet. According to new research from Intersperience, just 17% of U.K. adults are interested in using their phones to purchase goods. 24% of the 1,000 participants in Intersperience’s survey were afraid of security issues, although they admittedly didn’t “know why.” 24% also thought their mobile phone is more likely to be stolen than a wallet. 44% of the survey respondents were afraid to use their phone as a mobile wallet due to the lack of security software. “There is no doubt that the phone hacking scandals have unnerved consumers,” Paul Hudson, Intersperience CEO said. “We also detected a marked rise in security concerns when people use devices with mobile internet access compared to fixed access via PCs. These beliefs will impact the pace at which UK consumers adopt mobile payment systems.” Currently, just 8% of U.K. adults use their mobile phone for payments, but that figure might increase as Google rolls out its Wallet option in the U.K. next year. Read on for the full press release from Intersperience.
UPDATE: Regarding questions surrounding mobile payments, security and more, a MasterCard spokesman let us know that Mung Ki Woo, MasterCard’s head of mobile, will be fielding questions on Twitter tomorrow to help consumers better understand the technology, security and more. More →
Deutsche Bank analyst Kai Korschelt on Tuesday estimated that Nokia stands to make a pretty penny off of royalty payments from Apple moving forward. Nokia announced early on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with Apple regarding a series of patent disputes filed by each company over the past few years. Based on recent settlements tied to similar cases in the industry, Korschelt estimates that Apple will give Nokia a $608 million lump-sum payment up front. Following that initial payment, Apple will like pay Nokia a 1% royalty on all iPhones sold each quarter as a licensing fee. At Apple’s current pace — which has increased steadily rapidly since the iPhone first launched — that works out to approximately $138 million each quarter, or more than $550 million annually. More →
Sources speaking with Bloomberg claim Google is finally ready to take the wraps off its mobile payment service. According to a new report, Google will host an event on Thursday, May 26th to introduce its new service, which will initially be available only to Sprint subscribers in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. who own the company’s Nexus S 4G smartphone. The system will be NFC-based, and Bloomberg did not specify which retail partners would support Google’s initial offering. Google has made a series of moves leading up to the imminent announcement this week, such as its recent acquisition of stealth Toronto-based start up Zetawire, which had filed a patent for “a payment system, an advertising system, and an identity management system” combined into a single product. While Google’s preliminary offering might not include unique technology such as Zetawire’s, it’s safe to say the Internet giant has a lot in store for us as it enters this emerging space. BGR has not independently confirmed that Google plans to introduce a new payment service, but we have received an invitation to a press event taking place on Thursday and we’ll be on hand to cover it live. More →
It’s more like a pre-prenuptial agreement, but you get the idea. T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telecom, has confirmed that it stands to receive a $6 billion settlement from AT&T should the companies’ proposed merger fall through. According to DT, a $3 billion cash payment would be made along with additional spectrum and a national roaming agreement. While the exact valuation of the spectrum and roaming agreement was not disclosed, Reuters appraises the two intangibles at close to $3 billion. Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice are all scrutinizing the proposed deal, which would make AT&T the largest wireless provider in the United States. There are sure to be plenty of twists and turns along the way, but once thing is certain: a large sum of money is going to be debited from AT&T’s coffers no matter the regulatory outcome. More →
Today American Express introduced its new digital payment system called Serve. Serve works similar to PayPal in that it allows users to create an account that can be used for sending or receiving money. Users can access their accounts from American Express’ Serve iOS and Android applications, via the Web, or through Facebook. Serve has two fees, including 2.9% plus $0.30 per load deposited, although this is discounted to 0$ for cash, debit, and ACH. Similarly, there’s a $2 fee on ATM cash withdrawals, although the first withdrawal each month is free. The good news is, American Express is waiving the deposit fee for the next six months. Serve lets users create a master account and you can create sub-accounts for friends or family members. American Express also provides a debit card with each Serve account that can be be used at any ATM or merchant that accepts American Express. “We are working with a range of partners to integrate Serve as a payment method and deliver customized offers, and we will waive most consumer fees for the next six months,” said Dan Schulman, Group President, Enterprise Growth at American Express. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
Credit card giant Visa has announced a new payment service for U.S. consumers set to launch in the second half of 2011. The new offering closely mimics services offered by PayPal, allowing users with a Visa-branded credit, debit, or pre-paid account to transfer money amongst each other. “Consumers in the U.S. will soon be able to receive and send funds to any eligible Visa credit, debit or prepaid account, anywhere in the world,” reads the press release. “By simply entering the recipient’s 16-digit Visa account, email address or mobile phone number, consumers can send funds directly from their bank account to a recipient’s Visa account.” The company has also partnered with payment networks CashEdge and Fiserv, allowing them to integrate their person-to-person payment platforms with the new service. The personal payment program outlined by Visa is already offered outside the U.S. in dozens of different countries. The full press release is after the break.
Leaving your credit card at the bar may soon be a thing of the past — that is, if you live in San Francisco or New York City. Bloomberg is reporting that Google is planning to trial its new Near Field Communications (NFC) mobile-payment system in both cities. The trial, which could begin in as little as four months, would allow users to make purchases using their smartphones at participating retailers. Presumably, Google will run the trial with the NFC-equipped Nexus S, and it is working with VeriFone to outfit merchants with special cash registers. It’s unclear who will be able to participate in the trial, or which merchants are on board. More →
In an attempt to combat what it is referring to as “merchant resistance,” payment solutions company Verifone has taken an unprecedented step with NFC (Near Field Communications) technology. The company will begin to include NFC in all new POS (point-of-sale) systems deployed to merchants. “The retail point of sale represents a point of convergence for smartphone-initiated payments, social networking and electronic couponing, but it won’t happen if retailers are expected, on faith, to absorb the costs of making it work,” said the Verifone’s CEO, Douglas G Bergeron. “We find ourselves at the epicenter of the mobile payments revolution and the key enabler of the integration of new payment methods with the world’s existing payment infrastructure.” Mr. Bergeron does caution that the mere presence of NFC in POS systems does not make a retailer ready to accept touch-less payment, rather it takes “deep software richness at the point-of-sale to interact with the smartphone and manage a services-based model.” The move is sure to have a positive affect on the future adoption rate of NFC, and we applaud Verifone for taking this giant step. More →
At a streamed press conference Friday, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka announced the creation of a new mobile payment system dubbed Bad Piggy Bank. Rovio is the development company responsible for the creation of the wildly popular mobile game, Angry Birds. Bad Piggy Bank is an in-app payment solution for the Android platform that will allow users to purchase application upgrades, or unlock an ad-free version of the app, without the need of a third-party, credit-card based service. The service partners with local wireless providers and in-app purchases are billed directly to the users wireless account. Mr. Vesterbacka said his company plans to make the new payment method available to all Android developers in the near future. Angry Birds has eclipsed the 50 million download mark, 10 million alone on the Android platform. More →
Today, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless officially took the wraps off of their rumored mobile payment service. Dubbed ISIS, the new “mobile commerce network” aims to use NFC (near-field communication) technology to make mobile phones the preferred method of payment for consumer point-of-sales transactions.
“While payments are at the core of the offering, it is only the start,” reads the press release. “Isis intends to deliver a complete mobile wallet experience that goes well beyond ‘credit card on a phone’ and makes the shopping experience significantly easier by eliminating the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”
The tri-network venture has a customer-base of over 200 million and expects to launch in “key geographic markets” in the next 18 months. ISIS will provide the associated wireless carriers with another revenue stream to help bolster their oh-so-important bottom lines. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. wireless providers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless are working on a joint project that aims to bring a mobile-phone payment system Stateside. Purportedly, the effort is being headed by General Electric executive Michael Abbott and will be financed by Barclays PLC and Discover Financial Services.
“The rare showing of cooperation between three of the four national carriers creates a potentially large base of users for its mobile-payment system,” writes the Journal. “The carriers are eager to move into mobile transactions because it represents a new revenue stream and another feature that gets subscribers spending more time on their phone.”
The report goes on to note that the announcement of the new service’s existence could come as early as today. Mobile payments systems have been in use in Canada and Europe for several years. More →
In mid-July, Mozilla announced that it was upping its “bug bounty” from $500 to $3,000 for every critical, reproducible security flaw reported. Today, MacWorld is reporting that, “Between 10 percent and 15 percent of the serious security bugs reported since Mozilla launched its bug bounty program have been provided free of charge.” Mozilla spokesperson Johnathan Nightingale said: “A lot of people would say, ‘Don’t worry about it. Donate it to the EFF or just send me a T-shirt.” Now that is the open source type spirt that just warms the cockles of your heart, isn’t it? More →