Tag: Mobile payments

Cash is still king (just)

Cash is still king (just)

Written by on February 13, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

With all the hype around mobile payments, it would be great to report that some new widget or gadget was the most popular payment method. The truth, according to a survey by Compass Plus, shows that in the UK cash is still king. Beyond the headline, though, is a clear trend that says customers are […]

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Personalized shopping reaches out to touch you

Personalized shopping reaches out to touch you

Written by on January 29, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Just a decade ago, personal shoppers were considered a luxury reserved for rich old ladies or busy executives who didn’t have time to go to a store or who wanted the red carpet treatment when they did set foot in a retail establishment. But as with many things, technology is democratizing this experience that was […]

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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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Customers paying bills via mobile

Customers paying bills via mobile

Written by on January 13, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

When we focus on mobile we tend to lean towards payments – and rightly so, since NFC based payments will be worth $130 billion by 2020, according to Strategy Analytics. But a survey conducted by Fiserv towards the end of 2014 shows that more households are paying regular bills via their mobile device. The trend […]

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Two sides of the mobile commerce coin

Two sides of the mobile commerce coin

Written by on January 8, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

As we’ve recently predicted right here in these pages, 2015 will finally be the year of mobile payments. We’re certainly seeing more mobile payment options and easier methods to make payments, and there are a lot of big players out there who may make announcements this year, making this one prediction that may actually come […]

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Finally! This year will be the Year of Mobile Payments

Finally! This year will be the Year of Mobile Payments

Written by on January 5, 2015 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

For the last few years we have been asking whether 201x is the ‘year of mobile payments.’ Until last year, we basically said no. Last year, once we finally believed that Apple was on the point of actually launching something game changing, we changed our minds. Asking the same question now, at the beginning of 2015, […]

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How disrupted were payments in 2014?

How disrupted were payments in 2014?

Written by on December 22, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

As the year draws to a close it’s worth reflecting on some of the more interesting disruptions in payments we’ve seen this year. Highlights for me include … The launch that will perhaps have the biggest impact on consumer payments over time was Apple Pay. Apple Pay takes a lot of the friction out of […]

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Google plays well with direct operator billing

Google plays well with direct operator billing

Written by on December 18, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

When you hear the name Google, many things come to mind. It could be the ubiquitous search engine, Android mobile phones, cloud applications and services or even that less-than-stellar movie The Internship. And now you can add direct operator billing to the list of terms associated with the behemoth tech company. Yes, Google is making […]

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Bill shock knows no boundaries

Bill shock knows no boundaries

Written by on December 11, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

If your credit card is stolen, you’re generally not responsible for errant charges even if they took place prior to when you reported your card missing. However, that courtesy doesn’t appear to extend to mobile phones, as several Vodafone customers recently learned the hard way. Several tourists who had traveled from the UK to Barcelona, […]

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A bank that pays its customers

A bank that pays its customers

Written by on December 4, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 1 Comment

How many banks do you know that share their massive profits with their customers? None? Well now we can add one to that lonely list. Tigo Pesa, a mobile money service of Tanzanian operator Tigo, is sharing its profits with individual customers as well as the agents who take money from customers and credit their […]

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