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Is Amazon winning the mobile payments race?

Is Amazon winning the mobile payments race?

Written by on August 21, 2014 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Small businesses and mom and pop shops have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to credit card payments. Already on thin margins, they are forced by the credit card companies to fork over a percentage of each card swipe and follow a dizzying fee schedule that can easily add up […]

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Facebook takes Marcus, takes on Google, Apple and who knows what

Facebook takes Marcus, takes on Google, Apple and who knows what

Written by on June 12, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

When we recently noted that Facebook was into payments – and Google was into everything – we did not realise that we were looking at the tip of an iceberg. As Anita Karve discussed yesterday, Amazon is now into subscription payments and now we read – with interest – that Facebook has hired PayPal boss […]

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Seismic events – Facebook is into payments, Google is into everything

Seismic events – Facebook is into payments, Google is into everything

Written by on April 16, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

It is almost inevitable that as soon as we publish a little retrospective on the state of mobile payments, something seismic seems to happen. Actually several seismic somethings. The first, actually more early warning rumble than actual seismic something, was that the trigger for the retrospective, the statistic from Juniper that mobile payments would reach […]

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Through the (Google) Looking Glass – a Hacker’s Delight

Through the (Google) Looking Glass – a Hacker’s Delight

Written by on July 19, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Someone somewhere will have come up with a statistic about how much has been written about Google Glass. Presumably, if you strung the words together you would reach the Moon, or Mars. Presumably, also, if you really wanted to know and were wearing a pair, you could get that piece of information in the blink […]

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Big Brother likes Big Data

Big Brother likes Big Data

Written by on June 10, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

While we ponder how best to extricate and extrapolate customer information for marketing purposes from our infinite reserves of Big Data, it seems government has beaten us to the punch, but for different reasons. ‘Shocking’ headlines surfaced last week that the U.S. National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers […]

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Google Wallet: What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Google Wallet: What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Written by on May 31, 2013 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Google recently announced it will expand the capabilities of Google Wallet to allow Gmail account holders to send money to any recipient with a US based email account.  Sending money to a friend will be as easy as attaching a picture to an email.  The service will be free for those who link their bank […]

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How Telcos Can Crush YouTube in Premium Content

How Telcos Can Crush YouTube in Premium Content

Written by on May 13, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Google has entered the premium content era, but its a la carte subscription approach is weak and looks backwards.  It was announced late last week that YouTube would begin rolling out pay-per premium content services with video from producers ranging from Sesame Street and National Geographic to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. YouTube now allows these producers […]

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Social Care Interfaces Stink; Google, Can You Please Fix This?

Written by on February 19, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

In BillingViews’ earlier days we went so far as to benchmark operators against each other in terms of their social care performance via Facebook. But whether studying it empirically or reviewing it anecdotally, I always come back to the same conclusions: social interfaces provide horrendous customer care experiences that the big U.S. operators use horrendously. I […]

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Google finds the mobile model, will Facebook fail?

Written by on August 31, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Anyone who still believes that mobile advertising is just online advertising but smaller should leave now. In fact, anyone who thinks that banner advertising is effective should also go. Advertising is about engagement and story telling. No-one likes being SHOUTED AT, everyone likes a story. As Gilad de Vries says in an excellent Forbes critique of […]

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Rotten Apple Threatens Commerce for All

Written by on August 28, 2012 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

An overlooked aspect of Apple’s victory over Samsung is that if Apple succeeds in using its patent portfolio to monopolize the handset and mobile OS market, it may also monopolize mobile commerce. It seems unlikely that such monopolization will be allowed to occur, but the communications industry needs to take a stand when it comes […]

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