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India turns to corner shops, mobile phones for banking revolution

India turns to corner shops, mobile phones for banking revolution

Written by on January 27, 2015 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India is betting that mobile phone vendors, fuel stations and corner stores can help it put basic banking within the grasp of hundreds of millions of its poor people living beyond the reach of traditional bank branches. The clock is ticking down to a Feb. 2 deadline for applications to set […]

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Google goes boldly – virtually

Google goes boldly – virtually

Written by on January 26, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 3 Comments

There has been speculation recently that Google is already a communications provider, competing for the broadband accounts of a great swathe of customers in the US. It is also playing a game of chess in the payments game, where, according to industry sources it is about to buy the company that rhymed with crisis, ISIS, […]

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No rollover for some

No rollover for some

Written by on January 23, 2015 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere must have read all the books on how to disrupt a market in the hope that it will bring his company somewhere closer to the heights his main competitors (Verizon and AT&T) have reached. And you have to give him full marks for trying, even if his methods are sometimes […]

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Google moves in the payments game

Google moves in the payments game

Written by on January 22, 2015 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

While the focus has been firmly on Apple and the expectation is that it has the upper hand in the payments world, do not write off other players. The latest twist is rumoured to be coming from Google, as they apparently want to get hold of Softcard, the company formerly known as ISIS (rhymes with […]

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Is sponsored data dead in the water?

Is sponsored data dead in the water?

Written by on January 21, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Mobile operators are famous for coming up with new and interesting business models and schemes to try to siphon customers away from the competition. T-Mobile’s ‘Uncarrier’ initiative is a great example, as is Sprint’s seemingly constant revamping of its family plans. AT&T is also making bold moves, most recently with its rollover data plan that […]

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The secret to better marketing and ROI – shout less, talk more

The secret to better marketing and ROI – shout less, talk more

Written by on January 20, 2015 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

As any CMO in a telecommunications operator will know, when quarterly revenue targets aren’t being reached, the first thing to get cut is the advertising budget. It’s a quick win on the balance sheet and the CFO who most likely holds a thinly veiled disdain for marketing’s ‘excessive’ budget will be only too glad to […]

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In mobile – Intel is outside

In mobile – Intel is outside

Written by on January 19, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

On the face of it, it would seem quite difficult for an industry giant to lose money in a fast growing market that generated $3.3 trillion in 2014. But Intel managed it. The ‘mobile technologies’ industry generated that much, according to Boston Consulting Group. Meanwhile, Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group lost over $1 billion a quarter […]

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IoT – the Regulator cometh

IoT – the Regulator cometh

Written by on January 16, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

As the hype around IoT and IoST heats up and the whole arena motors up Gartner’s hype cycle of massive expectations, a couple of barriers loom on the horizon. One is regulation and the other is data privacy. The gang at Machina Research cover the area in trench-like depth, but it is worth summarising some […]

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Passwords are irritating, we need something else

Passwords are irritating, we need something else

Written by on January 15, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

How many passwords do you have? It seems that the answer to this question is either ‘one’ or ‘I don’t know, too many.’ The problem, of course, is that we need to be vigilant and up to date. And somehow remember dozens of login details. You have to wonder how many people a day click […]

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Payments warranty for merchants – clever!

Payments warranty for merchants – clever!

Written by on January 14, 2015 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear about some kind of credit card breach. While larger retail chains may be in a better position to deal with a drop in business after a breach, smaller stores are finding themselves on the short end of the cybercrime stick. But help is at hand. For […]

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