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Opinion

Move aside, Apple Pay: Alternative mobile payment options based on your needs

Sure, you know Apple Pay – 23% of iPhone users have used it at least once. And you’re probably aware of PayPal, which has actually existed since 1998 in its web app form. But are you sure you’re using the mobile payment option that suits your personal needs? Let’s take a look at a few […]

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News

Qkr is one of the best restaurant payment experiences I’ve had

In Manchester this week for a meeting, I quickly popped out for lunch and noticed there was a Wagamama just round the corner from the office. I peered inside and saw it was quite busy. I only had 25 minutes but reasoned I could probably order a few starters and be back in the office […]

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News Opinion

Britain is the contactless capital of Europe

Citizens of the UK have a reason to be proud when it comes to contactless payments. It seems that London has become the financial tech capital of Europe. Even though Brits have a somewhat old-fashioned reputation internationally (bowler hats, London buses and outdated accents, anyone?), it seems that as far as consumers are concerned, we’re pretty […]

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News Operators Opinion

Apple Pay will heat up European mobile payments battle, mobile operators must respond to stay relevant

With Apple Pay and other mobile wallets gaining momentum, it seems that mobile operators face increasing challenges in staying relevant in terms of our mobile money. After all, would you rather use a payments service from Apple or Vodafone? A new report from IHS Technology highlights the very fact that Apple Pay and others are expanding internationally […]

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News

Credit cards and mobile payments critical for small businesses

According to Visa Europe, it seems that mobile point-of-sale terminals and the ability to pay by credit card are critically important especially for small to medium businesses. With the rise of mobile payments set to continue bolstered by contactless payment schemes such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet, it’s more important than ever to offer would-be customers the choice of paying […]

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Opinion

Episode 7 of 361 Degrees Season 8: Mobile Shopping and Payments

We’ve just published episode 7 of season 8 of the 361 Degrees Podcast, and it’s an awesome one that discusses mobile shopping and payments. As always it’s a relaxed and humorous debate as Ewan, Ben and Rafe pool their collective knowledge to provide insightful, witty and topical commentary on all things mobile… Here’s the summary: This week the team re-visit […]

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Devices Opinion Services

Apple Pay gains momentum

Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, was launched last month in the U.S. and despite some resistance from a handful of retailers, initial usage figures are encouraging and confirm the service is rapidly building momentum. So how many people are using Apple Pay and it eventually replace your credit cards and cash? Apple Pay late to the party, but nails the user experience Apple was not the first […]

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Devices News

Loving my Barclaycard bPay pay band (and paying with my contactless cufflink)

I’ve always liked the idea of contactless. Two years ago I took up the ‘contactless challenge’ from the team at Gemalto and tried out a series of tasks with the Gemalto supplied contactless SIM (in the Galaxy S4). It was a superb experience which really reinforced just how much I loved the concept of contactless. […]

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Operators

The operator’s comical Weve project isn’t having a good day

You have to laugh. If you don’t, the only alternative is tears of utter despair. Have a read… It is understood that EE, O2 and Vodafone have been unable to agree on how Weve’s standard mobile wallet should operate since it was announced six months ago, however. They have now effectively scrapped the joint project, […]

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Services

WorldPay research shows mCommerce take up halted by lack of payment page optimisation

You can’t make this stuff up. Real life, eh? Over the past few days I’ve been critical of The Cloud and their payments provider, WorldPay, for making it exceptionally difficult (if not potentially impossible) for their users — well, me — to sign-up and pay for their WiFi service. I was just having a look […]

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Services

The Cloud has the most abysmal mobile payments gateway ever (WorldPay). Please recommend an alternative to help them see the light!

This evening I was stuck at Waterloo for at least 45 minutes. The train I’d expected to take was cancelled. No biggie. I decided to wait. Waterloo is a pretty good station with some reasonable facilities. I remembered I needed to download another episode of The Killing (Series 2). Often, the 15-minute free option of […]

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Operators Opinion

Operator Innovation: Taxis, baby, taxis!

In the second in my series of Operator Innovation posts, I’m looking at Taxis. Why isn’t there a ‘taxi’ button in every Orange phone? Seriously — think about the possibilities? Buy an Orange contract and you’ll get prioritised access to over 450 fully approved and vetted taxi firms across the UK. That’s one firm in […]