Payments News from Glenbrook Partners
Glenbrook   Book   Education   Views   Archives   Store   Advertise   About         SUBSCRIBE:


Welcome to the News View for "Firethorn".

Here, on these archive pages, you'll find all of the articles on Payments News for Firethorn listed in date sequence beginning with the most recent article at the top of the page.

Click here for a complete listing of what's available in the Payments News Archive - organized by both posting date and subject category.

Subscribe to Payments News!

August 09, 2010

Firethorn Shows Its SWAGG

Firethorn_logo_140px.pngQualcomm's Firethorn subsidiary announced that American Apparel is the latest retailer to sign up for its upcoming SWAGG mobile application. What is SWAGG?
SWAGG is Firethorn’s direct-to-consumer offering, with “smart” technology that gives consumers the ability to purchase, personalize and exchange gift cards directly from a mobile device. SWAGG will also provide consumers mobile access to account information, special offers and loyalty programs.
To view a demo of the SWAGG mobile application, log onto READ MORE »

March 01, 2010

Firethorn Adds Mobile Banking Support for Over 3,700 Financial Institutions

Firethorn Holdings has announced that it has expanded its mobile banking solution to allow consumers to now manage their checking, savings and credit card accounts with more than 3,700 U.S. financial institutions using a single mobile application. Firethorn says that "consumers can now go to to download the updated Mobile Banking application directly to their mobile devices and enroll their accounts with these newly added financial institutions. The application is available on a variety of smartphones and feature handsets offered by wireless operators working with Firethorn." READ MORE »

December 01, 2009

Firethorn Releases Mobile Commerce Consumer Survey Results

Firethorn has published a white paper providing findings from a study evaluating "the mindset, technology behaviors and future adoption practices of the general market for both mobile banking and commerce. The study found that mobile phones aren’t just for talking anymore. For consumers, they’ve become indispensable tools that keep them organized and informed – including applications that can help them with mobile banking and retail transactions. A majority (59 percent) of consumers surveyed said they’re interested in using their phone to purchase items at a cash register the same way they would with a debit or credit card. With this stat, one can see that consumers are ready to participate in a behavioral shift made possibly by mobile technology."

The survey highlights and the full whitepaper (reg. reqd.) are available online.

November 26, 2009

A Look at Qualcomm's Mobile Payments Strategy

In an article titled "Qualcomm’s Mobile Payment Strategy: Fix the “Costanza Wallet", Colin Gibbs writes for GigaOm about Qualcomm's mobile payments strategy based on an interview with Tripp Rackley, Qualcomm senior vice president and division president of Firethorn. Gibbs writes that "Qualcomm is continuing to invest in a space that it hopes will become a pillar of its business several years down the road."

November 03, 2009

CashEdge, Firethorn Partner for Mobile Person-to-Person Payments

CashEdge_logo-140px.jpgCashEdge and Firethorn have announced a strategic relationship to bring to market an integrated mobile person-to-person (P2P) payments solution integrating CashEdge's POPmoney P2P payments service with Firethorn's Mobile Wallet solution. According to the companies, "the integrated mobile P2P solution will enable financial institutions to offer their customers the ability to send electronic payments using CashEdge's POPmoney from within their Firethorn mobile banking application, by simply using the email address or mobile phone number of the recipient. This comprehensive mobile P2P banking solution will give consumers greater control over their finances, enabling them to pay other people whenever and wherever they want." READ MORE »

November 18, 2008

Citi, Firethorn Launch Citi Mobile for Cards

Citi and Firethorn Holdings have introduced Citi Mobile for Cards - call it "an advanced mobile solution that allows Citi credit card customers to quickly, easily and securely access real-time credit card account information on their mobile phones. Citi Mobile for Cards is now available to AT&T subscribers as part of AT&T Mobile Banking, and to Verizon Wireless customers who download and use the free mobile banking application on Get It Now." READ MORE »

November 14, 2008

Firethorn Enhances Mobile Banking and Payments

Firethorn Holdings has announced the introduction of a mobile application upgrade capability which will "enable Firethorn to transition its financial institution and wireless operator relationships from banking to broader mobile commerce functionality." READ MORE »

November 03, 2008

AT&T, Firethorn Bring Mobile Banking to iPhone Customers

AT&T and Firethorn Holdings have announced the availability of their mobile banking application on the Apple iPhone. "Mobile Banking on AT&T lets users securely and efficiently manage their finances, including checking balances and transaction history, transferring funds, receiving offers, viewing and paying bills, and tracking rewards points." [Editor's note: The AT&T/Firethorn mobile banking application is currently ranked #6 in popularity in the Finance section of the iTunes App Store.] READ MORE »

September 29, 2008

Firethorn Announces Reseller Relationship With Fifth Third

Firethorn Holdings has announced that "it has entered into an agreement with Fifth Third Processing Solutions to bring mobile banking services to its 2,880 financial institutions. As part of the relationship, Fifth Third Processing Solutions will offer Firethorn's products to its processing financial institution clients, leveraging existing integration and connectivity to deploy Firethorn's mobile application. Fifth Third Processing Solutions plans to make the service available to its financial institutions before the end of the year." READ MORE »

August 05, 2008

Fundtech, Firethorn to Provide Mobile Corporate Cash Mgmt

Fundtech and Firethorn Holdings have announced that the two companies will work together to add mobile connectivity to Fundtech's CASHplus cash management system. "As demand for mobile financial services grows, financial institutions have begun to realize the untapped opportunities to remain competitive and increase customer loyalty through mobile commerce." READ MORE »

March 31, 2008

Citi Card, Firethorn Partner for Mobile Account Access

Citi Cards and Firethorn Holdings, a Qualcomm company, have announced a 'strategic relationship to enable Citi credit cardmembers to easily and securely access real-time account information anytime, anywhere on their wireless handsets. The new service is expected to be available to Citi credit card customers across the U.S. by the third quarter this year.'


January 03, 2008

Verizon Wireless Launches Mobile Banking Services

Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm's Firethorn Holdings have announced that customers of Wachovia, SunTrust, FirstBank, and BancorpSouth, now have access to their accounts "in the palms of their hands."


December 03, 2007

An Interview with Firethorn's Tripp Rackley

Kelly Hill of RCR Wireless News interviews Tripp Rackley, CEO of Firethorn Holdings (being acquired by Qualcomm). "In 2008, Rackley said he expects to see more movement in what he calls the “alternative payments” space, including gift cards and money transfers, including international remittances. Also, he expects to see financial institutions making “mass decisions” in those areas, as well as laying out tactical objectives for their involvement in the mobile space."

November 14, 2007

Qualcomm to Acquire Firethorn Holdings

Qualcomm has announced it has agreed to acquire Atlanta-based Firethorn Holdings for approximately $210 million in cash. Completion of the acquisition, which is subject to certain closing conditions, is expected within 30 days.


November 13, 2007

AT&T Launches Mobile Banking Nationwide

AT&T has announced "the launch of a comprehensive, easy-to-use mobile banking platform that will enable consumers to view account balances and history, transfer funds and pay bills from their AT&T mobile handsets."


October 15, 2007

Verizon Wireless Selects Firethorn for Mobile Banking Services

Firethorn Holdings and Verizon Wireless have announced "a new strategic relationship that will provide Verizon Wireless customers with the ability to easily interact with their financial institutions using Firethorn's mobile financial services application."


October 02, 2007

Glenbrook's Take on Finovate 1.0

Glenbrook's Bryan Derman filed the following report tonight from today's Finovate 1.0 Conference in New York City.


September 28, 2007

AT&T Mobile Banking

AT&T has added a page to its website describing the mobile banking services it is introducing in partnership with Firethorn as part of a strategic alliance announced last November. The page features a banner saying "Safe Banking on the Go", emphasizing security and lists BancorpSouth as currently offering mobile banking with Wachovia, SunTrust, Synovus, and 1st Bank listed as "coming soon". Brandon McGee writes a bit about it on the Mobile Money & Banking blog.

September 10, 2007

America First Credit Union Selects Firethorn, CheckFree for Mobile Banking

Firethorn and CheckFree have announced that "Ogden, Utah- based America First Credit Union, one of the nation's 10 largest credit unions, will offer the Firethorn mobile banking solution to its 432,000 members."


May 08, 2007

Let the Phone Pick Up the Tab

Business Week takes a look at mobile banking and payments - including Citibank's pilot with Obopay, PayPal Mobile, Firethorn and First Data's efforts including last week's investment in VIVOtech.

March 28, 2007

Firethorn, Verizon Work to Introduce Mobile Banking, Payments Solution

Firethorn Holdings has confirmed that "Verizon Wireless is
working with Firethorn to introduce its mobile banking and payments
solution. The announcement demonstrates growing support among the nation's
leading wireless carriers for Firethorn's unique federation strategy for
making the mobile banking and payments marketplace."


March 27, 2007

AT&T, Firethorn Announce Mobile Banking with Wachovia, Regions, SunTrust

AT&T and Firethorn have announced that Wachovia, Regions and SunTrust Banks have selected Firethorn's mobile banking and payments solution to provide their customers with anytime, anywhere access to their financial information and transactions capabilities.


November 27, 2006

A First Look At Firethorn Mobile

Earlier this month, Firethorn announced a partnership with CheckFree to deliver mobile banking and bill payment services to financial institutions. Subsequently, Firethorn announced it was teaming with Cingular Wireless for its service and announced Synovus as its initial financial institution customer. In this article, we take a quick look at Firethorn's new mobile banking service based on the information on the company's web site and from its press releases.


November 16, 2006

Firethorn Partners With Synovus for Mobile Banking Technology

Firethorn Holdings has announced an agreement with Synovus to offer its mobile technology solution to the financial services company's customers by the end of second quarter 2007. Synovus will be one of the first financial institutions in the country to offer the Firethorn application.


November 15, 2006

Firethorn Teams With Cingular Wireless For Mobile Banking and Payments

Firethorn Holdings has announced a strategic alliance with Cingular Wireless to bring mobile banking and payments services to Cingular Wireless customers. Atlanta-based Firethorn says it is the only mobile banking and payments provider Cingular has authorized on its network. Sarmad Ali reports on the Firethorn/Cingular deal for the Wall St. Journal.


November 14, 2006

CheckFree Expands Online Financial Services Solutions

CheckFree has introduced a suite of Online Channel Optimization Solutions the company says is "designed to help financial institutions expand their reach and generate opportunities to acquire new customers at reduced cost, build deeper customer relationships to increase retention, and drive revenue growth and profitability by leveraging up-sell and cross-sell opportunities."


November 09, 2006

CheckFree, Firethorn Partner To Deliver Mobile Banking, Bill Payment Services

CheckFree and Firethorn Holdings have announced an exclusive partnership agreement to deliver mobile banking and bill payment services to financial institutions.

Payments News on Facebook