The wireless carriers' mobile payment initiative, Isis Mobile Wallet, is finally going live nationwide, delivering another way for consumers to use their phones to pay for goods and services.
It's been a long time coming for Isis, which went through the work of lining up partners, building a mobile-payment platform, and going through trials over the last few years. The Isis Mobile Wallet is available for select Isis-compatible smartphones -- notably not the iPhone -- and comes with a few financial incentives to get users on board.
Isis, jointly run by Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile, is … Read more
According to the post, though the actual updates and change logs are missing, 16 Google apps have updated since Monday. I was able to download a Google Earth update on my Nexus 4 earlier today, but Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Wallet, and Keep remain unchanged.
The introduction of "Login and Pay with Amazon" on October 8 was a signal that Amazon is getting serious about digital payments at a time when other tech titans, such as Google, Apple, and Facebook, have the potential to become the go-to digital wallet for consumers.
Amazon, however, may be in the best position to take on PayPal. The company offers the unique combination of a large registered customer base, hefty resources at its disposal, and an uncanny willingness to play the long game. … Read more
Shoppers, rejoice: Next time you're browsing the iPad edition of Wired magazine, you'll be able to buy even more impulsively than before.
The mag is rolling out a feature from MasterCard that lets you instantly purchase products in articles or ads without leaving the page on your tablet.
MasterCard, Visa, and American Express have teamed up to create a new digital payment technology.
The companies say that their proposed standard would increase the security of payments via Web sites and mobile products by using a digital "token." Armed with a token, consumers wouldn't need to input account numbers for purchases.
So far, the companies haven't decided on a token standard, but they expect the industry to accept one before they move forward. From there, upon attempting to purchase a product on the Web or via mobile devices, a customer would be asked to provide … Read more
Google introduced the world to its mobile payment system more than two years ago. Google Wallet was meant to revolutionize the future of mobile payments; however, soon after launch the company faced a number of unexpected obstacles.
Google Wallet transformed NFC-equipped smartphones into digital wallets that could be used to make in-store purchases at various locations across the United States. Three of the four largest mobile carriers in the US, however, opposed Google Wallet. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile instead backed rival mobile payment startup Isis, and ended up blocking Google's app from their devices.
In an effort … Read more
iOS users can now add Google Wallet to their mobile devices.
Launched Thursday, the free Google Wallet for iOS serves up the same features found on its Android counterpart.
Using the app, you can send money to anyone in the US with an e-mail address. You can scan all of your loyalty cards and other offers into the app, which you can then redeem at the checkout counter of qualifying stores. The app also can point you to nearby offers via your device's Location Services feature, though you can turn this option off if you'd rather stay hidden.… Read more