CreditCall Joins MasterCard, PayPal and Intuit on mPayment

The CreditCall CEO will join payment industry CEOs to discuss mobile commerce and the market opportunities and challenges for mobile payment acceptance apps at Apps World North America. The mobile payments track includes two panels involving representatives from Verizon, MasterCard, Intuit and PayPal. They will discuss how mobile is transforming the U.S. retail industry and look into market opportunities and challengers for payment acceptance apps. Over 5000 developers, telcos, device manufacturers and industry professionals will participate on nine targeted workshops to discuss and learn about the issues across the app ecosystem.

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Viableware Establishes mWallet Strategy

Viableware formalized its m-wallet strategy involving the leading companies in the mobile payments industry. Viableware demonstrated it’s the platform of choice for payment providers looking to support mobile wallet payments at full-service restaurants around the country. A number of full-service restaurants are currently piloting Viableware’s RAIL payment platform in an effort to securely accept payments at the table. The platform utilizes a fleet of handheld devices designed to replicate the look and feel of the typical leather folder that is the industry standard for bill presentation at full-service restaurants.

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MasterCard to Host Global Payments Symposium

MasterCard announced the MasterCard Mobile Payments Global Symposium, offering dialogue on NFC, mobile money and the future of payments. The Symposium is the showpiece mobile payments event within Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, the world’s largest mobile conference and exposition. The Mobile Payments Global Symposium agenda will consist of five regional spotlight panel sessions, each exploring evolving trends and key topics related to the future of payments. This includes Mobile payments and driving financial inclusion; creating shopping experiences with a click, tap or touch of a connected device; The role of mobile technology in moving toward a world beyond cash; Mobile money and NFC.

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Western Union Expands Indian Rupee Payments

Western Union announced a new service that will make it easier for universities and higher education institutions around the world to accept tuition payments in Indian Rupee. Over 200,000 Indian students study abroad each year, whom are typically invoiced in the currency of their university (e.g. US or Canadian Dollar), which often makes the payment process cumbersome and expensive. In many cases, intermediary fees impact the final amount received by the university so the students still owe money before commencing their studies. Western Union’s new service will enable participating schools and universities to offer Indian students the option to pay tuition fees in their home currency. It will be offered by Weizmann Forex and Paul Merchants Limited, the two largest Western Union Agents in India.

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MACH and payvia Partner on mPayments

MACH direct operator billing and payvia mobile payments partnered to integrate their carrier billing technologies providing customers with seamless worldwide mobile payment platforms. With this, MACH will launch its Direct Carrier Billing service in the US, leveraging payvia’s US footprint and relationships with the main mobile operators. payvia and MACH’s platforms monetize services for developers, app stores, online merchants and other content providers, opening a brand new revenue stream and letting them maximize revenues from online, in-app and app billing. By bringing their direct carrier billing technologies together in a seamless global platform, the partners will extend this frictionless payment option that is more secure, fast and convenient than both credit card and premium SMS billing.

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mopay Expands Global Presence

mopay mobile payment solutions for online merchants continued global expansion with two new representative offices in Asia. Located in Seoul, Korea and Jakarta, Indonesia, mopay’s expanded presence will support Asian online merchants to grow internationally. Since establishing its regional headquarter in Beijing in 2010, mopay has succeeded in building a well-trusted payment brand among Asian merchants, acquiring over 100 new clients in the region, including Tencent, Shanda Interactive and Changyou. Today, mopay is working with nine out of China’s top ten online game companies.

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MoneyGram Offers Remittance Through BP Franchise

ampm, BP’s popular West Coast convenience store franchise, agreed to offer MoneyGram’s full suite of consumer products at participating ampm locations in the Western United States, the companies announced. With this, BP is promoting MoneyGram’s money transfer services, bill payments, money orders and prepaid cards to its network of more than 950 ampm franchises throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

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VeriFone Appoints CFO & New VP

VeriFone Systems appointed Marc E. Rothman executive vice president and chief financial officer and Jay Parsons senior VP, digital media and taxi operations. Rothman joined Motorola through the acquisition of General Instrument in 2000, in which capacity he oversaw all financial activities of Motorola Mobility and led the company’s spin-off transaction from its former parent and eventual sale. Parsons joined VeriFone in September of 2011 and has played an integral role in driving the successful development of VeriFone’s interactive digital solutions platform for the petroleum and retail businesses.

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MasterCard Partners Accion to Advance Financial Inclusion

The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion together with MasterCard launched “Mapping the Invisible Market” research initiative as part of the Financial Inclusion 2020 campaign. This will consist of a series of research papers looking at how demographics, income, urbanization, and other issues affect financial inclusion, at a time when over 2 billion people don’t use formal financial services. The report details how profound demographic shifts in the developing world have implications for how people can save, invest, or transfer money.

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SIX Payment Appoints Chief Marketing Officer

SIX Payment Services card-based and electronic payments appointed Pedro Deserrano as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Most recently with VISA Europe as Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Deserrano will join SIX Payment Services’ Management Committee, heading up the Products & Marketing division. Bringing to the table international experience in the card and payments business, Deserrano’s international expertise will enable him to contribute valuable industry know-how at SIX.

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Shell Austria Parnters Wincor-Nixdorf on Cash Management

easybank customers can now withdraw cash at Shell service stations with their current account or credit card thanks to the recent partnership with Shell Austria and Wincor Nixdorf. With this, a total of 125 Shell stations in Austria will be equipped with special POS terminals featuring an ATM function by the end of the year to allow service station customers to withdraw cash using their current account or credit card. The ICM (Integrated Cash Management) system developed by Wincor Nixdorf enables automated deposits and dispensing as well as banknote and coin recycling.

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