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April 13, 2011

American Express and Payfone Announce Strategic Mobile Checkout Alliance

Payfone logo 140pxAmex logo 140pxAmerican Express and Payfone have announced a strategic alliance to create a new global mobile checkout service.

“This alliance brings together Serve’s unified online, mobile and real-world functionality with Payfone’s advanced mobile authorization and payment services to deliver a seamless payment solution,” said Dan Schulman, Group President, Enterprise Growth, American Express. “The alliance is an important next step for the international roll out of Serve. We look forward to working with Payfone as we evolve the Serve platform to provide the most advanced payment solutions for buyers and sellers, while setting new standards in security, simplicity and reliability.”
In related news, Payfone announced a $19 million round of funding from American Express, Verizon Investments, and Rogers Ventures.

Wells Fargo to Pilot EMV Chip Technology for International Travelers

Wells fargo logo 140pxFargo has announced that its piloting a Visa-branded EMV card for international travelers.

“U.S. issuers and merchants rely primarily on magnetic stripe technology,” said Eric Schindewolf, vice president of product development for Wells Fargo Consumer Credit Card. “However, many parts of the world have adopted chip-enabled payment cards as a primary means of authentication, which has been problematic for customers who travel abroad and were unable to use their credit card. By combining traditional magnetic stripe along with the EMV chip technology, we hope our customers will have the convenience to use their credit card no matter where they are in the world.”
The pilot is the industry’s first chip program by a national bank and includes 15,000 Wells Fargo consumer credit card customers who travel internationally.

Visa Boosts Spending Visibility and Makes Compliance Easier for Businesses

Visa logo 140px Visa has announced the global launch of Visa IntelliLink Compliance Management, a web-based solution offering enhanced control, compliance and cost-savings for businesses using commercial card programs.

Visa IntelliLink Compliance Management converts commercial card transaction data into information that card program managers at government agencies and private sector enterprises can use to minimize and deter commercial card misuse, such as using cards for personal expenses. A complement to the Visa IntelliLink product suite, this new service gives organizations a more detailed view of commercial payment program data, complementing existing card management and issuer reporting systems for a 360 degree view of commercial payment solution activity.

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