Tag Archives: mobile commerce

GigaOm’s top 25 mobile payment companies

Ryan Kim at GigaOm has a large post about the top 25 mobile payment companies. Mobile payment has been on the horizon for many years and finally had a break out in 2011. While its still early, mobile payments are going to be the next big thing as the world moves to mobile computing devices as primary platforms for accessing the web.

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Presentation: Location-Based Services for Local Business

I was invited to give a presentation for the Alabama Social Media Association in July. It was a good turn out and I would like to thank Stacy Hood for the opportunity and all of the assistance at the event. Location based services, particularly delivered via mobile devices, offer local business an entirely new way to connect, service and monetize their relationships with their consumers.

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Mobile payments to triple by 2015

In a new report by Juniper (which is suppose to be free to download but is not), Mobile payments are expected to triple by 2015 with digital goods representing 49% of sales. The main driver of the growth is the adoption of NFC payment capabilities and other payment options like Square. Mobile commerce is set to be the big story of 2011 and on as companies shift their focus to enabling greater mobile integration with the shopping experience.

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Zoosh ultrasound payment transactions

If you want to do phone to phone or phone to POS transactions but you don’t have time to wait for NFC enabled devices and payment terminals then Zoosh by Naratte may be a good option for you. Zoosh uses the phone’s speaker and microphone to transmit an inaudible sound that carries the transaction information to another phone or POS device.

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Mobile commerce: Microsoft Tag version

I am not a fan of QR Codes. I once thought they sounded cool and held great promise but that was years ago. If anyone had been serious about QR Codes like wireless carriers in the US then it could have been cool. Instead now its just sad. And with that, let me introduce an infographic from the Microsoft Tag team. What is Tag? Its Microsoft’s proprietary QR Code encrypter.

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Mobile commerce and “default business models”

RRW has a post about why you should care about companies like Groupon and LIvingSocial. The meat of the post is that mobile broadband is changing the way consumers make purchases and companies that enable purchases and take a small cut of the transaction are the wave of the future. In addition to the increase in mobile broadband capabilities, poster Sean Ammirati points to the trend of big companies that formerly relied on advertising as a primary business model moving towards commerce. He sites both Google and Microsoft’s move into commerce enablement as signs that there is a broad industry shift.

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Billtomobile goes global

Its not on the Billtomobile site yet but RRW is reporting that the company is set to take its mobile payment system global, opening up its service to over 200 carriers in 60 countries. Billtomobile lets customers pay for services with the charges handled by their carrier’s existing billing system.

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Square lands in Apple’s online and retail locations

Mobile payment app and hardware provider Square gets a big boost today from its inclusion in the Apple online store and will begin selling in Apple retail locations this week. Square is aimed at the lower tie of credit card processing, a level or two below the sweet spot for larger companies like Verifone.

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Sprint opens up its carrier billing systems on Android

Sprint is opening up its carrier billing systems for Android developers. This will allow developers to integrate mobile payment for in app purchases that are passed through to Sprints billing system and will appear on customers monthly cell phone bill.

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