eBay Inks New Partnerships and Innovations

eBay mobile commerce with its suite of eBay and PayPal mobile applications kicked off Mobile World Congress with announcements of a new partnership with major carrier Three.co.uk; strategic integrations with merchants such as Yotel and Entradas.com; and mobile app updates that evolve mobile commerce selling and shopping experiences for consumers. The announcements underscore eBay’s commitment to leading mobile commerce innovation and building out a robust mobile commerce ecosystem with carriers, merchants and consumers worldwide. In 2011, eBay mobile commerce generated $5 billion in retail volume, and PayPal mobile generated $4 billion in payment volume. eBay’s mobile apps have been downloaded more than 70 million times. In 2012, eBay expects to do $8 billion in mobile commerce retail volume, and PayPal expects to process $7 billion in mobile payment volume.

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ROAM Data to Expand mCommerce, Funded by Ingenico

Fast growing mobile commerce platform provider ROAM Data receives investment from Ingenico, who upped its stake to a controlling interest to further accelerate ROAM’s growth and leadership in mCommerce ROAM Data, the company behind a vast majority of the encrypted mobile card readers shipped in the past year and the leading mCommerce platform-as-a-service provider, announced…

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Punchcard Rewards mCommerce Consumers with Cash Back

Punchcard, an Idealab company, launches a new mobile app that gives consumers a simple way to get rewards from the businesses they frequent most. Debuting in Southern California, Punchcard gives iPhone and Android users access to rewards for more than 147,000 local businesses from Santa Barbara to San Clemente to Palm Springs. Additionally, Punchcard announces…

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Payvment Turbo-Charges Facebook Commerce

Payvment, the number one Facebook ecommerce platform, today introduced Payvment Social IQ, a “Social Marketing Expert-in-a-Box” that guides sellers towards the optimal social media activities to boost sales and engagement in their Facebook stores. Based on analysis of over two years of data from thousands of successful sellers, Payvment Social IQ technology delivers a daily…

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Parks Associates Whitepaper Analyzes mPayment

New research from Parks Associates finds over 50% of U.S. broadband households want the ability to scan barcodes for product price and promotional information on their next mobile phone. The international market research firm’s new whitepaper “Mobile Payment”Stepping into Uncharted Territory,” released ahead of this week’s GSMA Mobile World Congress, reports 37% of U.S. mobile…

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Gemalto and Sony Implement NFC agreement

Gemalto Digital Security and Sony established an agreement to provide FeliCa / NFC solutions globally. Gemalto will incorporate FeliCa software technology into its UpTeq NFC SIM product lineup starting in 2012, offering mobile operators and service providers a more comprehensive range of mobile NFC services globally. The addition of FeliCa makes Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM the secure element that can embed the world’s broadest set of applications, and with the highest level of privacy. Gemalto will expand its UICC solutions with FeliCa technology to complement its existing NFC applications portfolio. UpTeq NFC SIM enables mobile operators to securely install additional applications from new service providers over time, even after issuance to end users.

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B+S Card Dispatches VeriFone to Manage Payment System

VeriFone Systems and B+S Card Service GmbH announced that B+S has implemented PAYware TCS, a solution component of VeriFone’s PAYMEDIA Universal Acceptance Platform (UAP), which enables central management of applications on payment acceptance systems at merchant locations. PAYware TCS enables network service providers to remotely manage payment functions at merchant locations equipped with VeriFone’s Artema Hybrid and H5000 payment acceptance solutions, for an efficient process to deploy new applications and update existing applications. PAYware TCS allows multinational retailers to harmonize their payment solution in multiple countries in Europe and to be SEPA ready. PAYware TCS is generally available in Germany as a managed service from VeriFone.

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MoneyGram Adds Near East Bank to Money Transfer Network

MoneyGram forged agreements with Near East Bank, adding to its network 10 branch locations. This gives consumers 32 convenient regional MoneyGram locations from which to send or receive money. Cyprus sends approximately $2 billion USD annually in remittances to countries such as Pakistan and Bulgaria, which ranks it among the top 25 countries for sending funds as a percentage of its GDP. Near East Bank is a respected financial institution in North Cyprus.

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Western Union and Roshan Partner for mMoney Transfer

Western Union global payment services and Roshan total communications partnered to kickoff the Western Union Mobile Money Transfer regionally. This will add international remittances to the “M-Paisa” service, part of the Vodafone mobile money family. This lets customers receive their salaries, pay bills, receive and repay microfinance loans, send and receive money and purchase airtime directly from their mobile phones. With the introduction of the new service, M-Paisa customers will be able to receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions from around the world directly in their mobile wallet accounts.

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Cinterion Launches Compact Plug and Play M2M Terminal

Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, today introduced BGS2-Terminal, a simple and reliable plug-and-play M2M communication terminal to quickly connect any type of industrial applications and remote assets using cellular technology. It requires minimal integration and approval efforts, allowing for significantly accelerated implementation…

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OmniPay Awarded 2x at European Payments Awards

OmniPay payments processor has won two of the leading awards at the 2012 Merchant Payments Ecosystem (MPE) gala awards ceremony. These are the principal awards for the European payments industry and the event was attended by all of Europe’s leading payment institutions, merchants and acquiring banks. OmniPay won the headlining ‘Best Processor’ award as recognition for its pioneering processing solutions which are making a huge difference to the European and global payments industry. It also won the ‘Acquirer Personality of the Year’ which was presented to Hubert O’Donoghue, CEO and co-founder of OmniPay. Hubert was nominated by PayPal for his outstanding contribution to the European payments industry.

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Western Union and Millicom Partner on Cross-Border mMoney Transfer

Western Union, a leader in global payment services, and Millicom International Cellular S.A. (Stockholmsbörsen: MIC), a leading mobile operator in 13 markets across Latin America and Africa operating under the Tigo brand, announced at the Mobile World Congress the signing of an agreement to introduce cross-border mobile money transfers in Latin America. The first cross-border…

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