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July 22, 2013

ICICI Bank and Movida partner on mobile payments service in India

Movida 140pxMovida, the mobile payments joint venture between Visa Inc. and Monitise, has announced a deal with ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, to utilize Movida’s mobile payments service for the Bank’s customers. The service will enable ICICI Bank payment card holders to pay bills, recharge prepaid airtime and buy cinema tickets from their mobile phone, anywhere, anytime. It will be possible to access Movida either through a menu-based USSD mobile technology, or an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) in multiple languages. The service is designed to operate across all mobile networks using any payment card – Visa and non-Visa.

Rajiv Sabharwal, Executive Director, ICICI Bank, said: “This tie-up with Movida provides an added facility in an array of mobile payment options that ICICI Bank offers to its customers. We have seen a high level of demand from consumers to use their mobile phones for financial transactions. We are constantly innovating to meet this demand and empower our customers with solutions that offer greater choice and more convenience. This service by Movida will ensure they can get immediate access to a secure and simple solution that can be utilized even without an active internet connection.”

Naushad Contractor, Movida’s President and Head of the Visa-Monitise joint venture in India, stated: “A growing population of more than 1.2 billion coupled with widespread access to a mobile phone, make a strong case for a vast mobile payments opportunity. Mobile payments users spend significantly less time and energy paying their bills, recharging their phones or those of family or friends, or waiting in line to buy tickets to the next blockbuster, because they are able to do it on the go and around the clock. The mobile payment services which will succeed in India are simple, interoperable solutions that solve a real consumer need and can apply to any handset, without the need for a technology upgrade or a new purchase. They must be highly secure, reliable and provided by trusted partners. These are the premises of the Movida solution, and we are delighted to be working with ICICI Bank to provide this service to its customers.”

Cardholders will be able to make payments through Movida’s secured connection after linking their payment card to their mobile phone number registered with ICICI Bank. Their card account information will be kept secure by a unique PIN number.

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July 16, 2013

Mobile Payments Are Taking Off - On a Long Runway

PaymentsViews logo 140pxOver on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's George Peabody takes a look at mobile payments - vamping off a recent Reuters blog post by Felix Simon. Noting that it is less about payment and more about commerce, he lists four key elements he thinks are required to really bring mobile commerce to life.

July 15, 2013

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Preparing for a Post-Card World: Fortifying Brands in a Cardless Society

Pitney Bowes has published a new white paper titled "Fortifying Brands in a Cardless Society" that is says is intended to "help credit card brands keep their business relevant in a cardless society." The report is subtitled: "5 key ways card issuers can maintain their edge in a world without plastic."

“This is a seismic shift in the payments industry,” said Berk Charlton, Global Software Portfolio Director, Pitney Bowes. “Brands that establish an early presence with applications that touch a large number of consumers will have a significant competitive advantage in digital commerce over the next decade.”

The report notes: "In the end, issuers are selling credit and payment convenience, not cards..."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 15, 2013

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  • Remember Citigroup - Simon Johnson - "On Thursday of last week, four senators unveiled the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. The pushback from people representing the megabanks was immediate but also completely lame…"
  • New E-Commerce Strategies Threaten UPS, FedEx - Reuters - "Major U.S. retailers are experimenting with new e-commerce strategies that could dent demand for package delivery services…"
  • The Internet Archive Rescues Bitcoiners From Banking Oblivion - Wired.com - "…when Hockenhull needed somewhere to turn, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle gave him the means to keep his company alive. Since then, the IAFCU has taken on a half-dozen Bitcoin businesses, such as BitBox, giving them a critical link to the U.S. financial system."
  • News and Notes from the 2013 CNP Expo - "The first edition is a highlight package featuring some of the most noted executives in the card-not-present space…"
  • The 6 weirdest alternative currency stories ever - CoinDesk - "The world of alternative currencies brings with it a host of scammers, stealers and black market sellers. They bring a bad name to decentralized systems like bitcoin."

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July 11, 2013

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July 09, 2013

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June 17, 2013

So Where Does NFC Fit into Mobile Payments?

On a slow news day today in the world of payments, we noticed an interesting juxtaposition between a commentary titled "Back in the real world (well, West London)" that Consult Hyperion's Dave Birch posted about paying with PayPal at The Farmery frozen yoghurt shop in West London and an article by PayPal's CEO David Marcus on Huffington Post titled "So Long Cash Register, Hello Innovation".

Dave told the story about paying for for his yoghurt purchase using PayPal on his iPhone linking to The Farmery's PayPal Here app on their iPhone. Dave went on to say that "PayPal have made a real effort to produce a slick customer experience, and it makes you wish that other more conventional players in the retail payment world would do the same. There seems to be an attention to detail in what guys like this do, to be honest."

Dave is then compelled to ask: "Is it better than NFC?" He answers: "Yes it is better than NFC is, but it's not better than NFC could be." He goes on to describe how that better NFC experience might work: "Instead of opening my PayPal application, finding the shop and checking in, I could have just tapped the phone on the PayPal Here logo and had all three steps done for me." But, alas, it doesn't work that way today - in spite of "years of work and hundreds of millions in investment."

Meanwhile, PayPal's Marcus describes another version of the future - one that "can easily and cost-effectively transform a legacy cash register into an interactive point of sale solution that makes it easier to operate a business and adds to a truly enjoyable consumer experience rather than a mundane transaction."

Where do you think NFC fits into mobile payments? Feel free to add your comment below.

June 11, 2013

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May 22, 2013

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May 21, 2013

PayPal Finds More than 80% of Consumers Want to be Wallet-free

PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal has published the results from a global consumer study that it says "paints a dim future for the wallet. A vast majority (83%) of respondents across five countries indicated they wished they didn’t have to carry a wallet."

It’s not about replacing cash or your credit card with a new payment method, it’s about using technology to solve real shopping pain points,” said David Marcus, PayPal President.

“PayPal is at the forefront of developing products that make life easier, help shoppers be more efficient, and untether consumers from their wallets forever.”

The beach topped the survey in every country as the place most people wish they could go without a wallet.

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May 20, 2013

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May 13, 2013

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May 11, 2013

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May 08, 2013

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May 06, 2013

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April 26, 2013

What's a Bank To Do? - EMV, Authentication and Bank Disintermediation

PaymentsViews logo 140pxOver on our Payments Views, Glenbrook's George Peabody shares his observations about the confluence of EMV chip card migration, mobile devices and authentication in the US market.

While EMV injects dynamic data into the payment message (as well as clear text PANs), it is an otherwise mostly static, single purpose platform. Compare that to the mobile device, which combines static data (SIM serial number, etc.) with recognizable configuration profiles for device fingerprinting, context-specific dynamic data such as location plus application-specific PIN or biometric entry. And that all happens before the payment transaction takes place.

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April 25, 2013

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February 18, 2013

PCI Security Standards Council Releases Mobile POS Guidance For Merchants

PCI Council logo 140pxThe PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) announced that it has published the PCI Mobile Payment Acceptance Security Guidelines for Merchants as End-Users.

"When considering mobile payment acceptance, merchants need to go in with their eyes open. And that’s what the intent of this guidance is, to help merchants understand the risks so that together with developers and device vendors they can safely implement a solution that will enable mobile commerce to flourish."

The guidance goes hand-in-hand with recommendations the Council published in September 2012 for mobile app developers and device vendors on designing appropriate security controls that provide secure mobile payment acceptance solutions for merchants.

February 01, 2013

Glenbrook White Paper - Mobile Remote Commerce

GP Logo Horizontal 140px Glenbrook's Bryan Derman and Carol Coye Benson have published a white paper entitled, "Mobile Remote Commerce: Addressing the Challenges". The white paper explores the unique aspects of payment fraud in remote mobile commerce, and examines how Payfone combats this new form of fraud while streamlining mobile checkout for the buyer.

The freely-available white paper can be downloaded here.

FIS to Acquire mFoundry

FIS logo 140pxFIS announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining 78% interest in mFoundry.

“mFoundry has a well-earned reputation for innovation, powerful vision and agile development and delivers one of the most advanced mobile platforms in the market today,” noted Gary Norcross, FIS president and chief operating officer. “Consumers have adopted the mobile channel faster than any other delivery channel in existence, and delivering industry-best mobile solutions is a vital focus area for FIS. Our goal is to provide the solutions that underpin an organization’s ability to best reach and serve its customers, and the addition of mFoundry plays a key role in that strategy.”

mFoundry's mobile platform has more than 850 clients including some of the largest banks, credit unions, payments processors, and retailers in the US. mFoundry built the original Starbucks Card mobile app.

December 13, 2012

C-SAM and MasterCard Announce Strategic Partnership and Investment

MasterCard logo 140pxMobile wallet and transactions platform provider C-SAM and MasterCard have announced a global strategic partnership, as well as a minority investment by MasterCard.

“This partnership further strengthens our ongoing efforts to work with industry-leading companies to deploy our technologies and help drive innovation and adoption in the rapidly evolving digital payments space,” said Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard. “C-SAM’s proven track record and expertise in developing mobile platforms, combined with our worldwide network and suite of industry-leading payments solutions, will help enable us to deliver new, innovative solutions to a wide range of global customers.”

October 22, 2012

Visa and Chexar Introduce Mobile Remote Deposit Capture for Prepaid Users

Visa logo 60pxh Visa and Chexar Networks announced today the launch of a network platform that will enable Visa prepaid users to deposit paper checks to their reloadable Visa prepaid card using their mobile device, by simply snapping a photo of a paper check.

“Consumers are choosing reloadable prepaid cards at an increasing rate, and for many of the same reasons that consumers embrace other electronic payment options — security, convenience and reliability,” said Hyung Choi, head of U.S. Prepaid, Visa Inc. “Mobile technology and other payment innovations are enabling us to enhance Visa’s prepaid experience and bring all the conveniences of traditional banking options to consumers who choose to use prepaid.”

September 13, 2012

Payfone To Launch Mobile Commerce Checkout Solution

Payfone logo 140pxPayfone has announced '1 Touch Checkout', a "new mobile commerce checkout solution that connects shoppers’ mobile identities with their payment instruments to enable the easiest, fastest and most secure mobile commerce checkout experience possible." Payfone also announced that CardinalCommerce has joined the Payfone Ecosystem as its channel partner.

July 30, 2012

June 12, 2012

Reaction to Apple Passbook Announcement

Apple logo 140pxThere were a number of interesting reactions to yesterday's Passbook announcement from Apple. Glenbrook's own Scott Loftesness posted his take on the announcement over on Payments News. Jim Bruene, the creator of Finovate, took a look at Apple's new mobile wallet and wondered if Passbook is friend or foe of the banking industry?

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