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Five Reasons iPhone-5 Excludes NFC

Tim Cook Introduces the iPhone 5 on September 12, 2012

Based on Apple’s press conference on September 12, their strategy can be described as: change customer behavior now, encourage an upgrade later.

The Apple wallet going to be called “Passbook.” It works without an NFC chip, relying instead on geolocation to determine if an iPhone user is in the proximity of a compatible terminal. Geolocation is clearly not permanent solution because it includes obvious problems, such as: unwanted notifications (if you ever want to be notified that you can use your Starbucks card, for example, you’ll be notified whenever you can possibly use your Starbucks card, whether you want to or not), and imperfect functionality indoors (when you are in a shopping mall, GPS has a hard time figuring out exactly where you are).

So if geolocation is not the ideal permanent solution, why did Apple exclude NFC from the iPhone 5? Continue reading

According to ISIS: “NFC…Just About to Explode.”

Image Credit: Dial-a-Phone / ISIS

Yesterday, Andrew Johnson  of American Banker magazine (and PaymentSource) interviewed ISIS head of marketing Jaymee Johnson (no relation).   In the article published today, Johnson said:

“The handset pipeline around NFC is basically just about to explode,” Jaymee Johnson, ISIS head of marketing, said in a June 22 interview.

“That will change pretty dramatically … by the early part of next year and really the end part of this year,” Johnson added.

Click here to read the full article.

Google ‘Wallet’ Will Be More Secure Than Plastic Credit/Debit Cards

Image Credit: cloudave.com

Yesterday, the Google Wallet was announced.   given that security has always been the number one concern of consumers, the most important question on people’s mind is, “will it be more secure?”

The short answer is: Yes.

Here’s why:   a Smartphone can be secured on the network of your bank, or the network of your credit card company, or any other network using the exact same technology that secures your smart phone on the network of your mobile phone company.

Do you remember decades ago when fraudulent Continue reading

Google, Mastercard, VeriFone, and (Many) Others Create a Third Mobile Commerce Format

Google, MasterCard, VeriFone, First Data, Citi, Sprint, Bloomingdales, and many others teamed up today.

Google, MasterCard, VeriFone, First Data, Citi, Sprint, Bloomingdales, and many others teamed up today.

Mobile commerce in the United States will have three Mobile commerce products,  each with similar features, similar benefits, similar functions.  However, all three have different sets of partners,  operate on at least two different types of networks, and will certainly have three different delivery systems.   It’s like a triangular boxing ring with the  boxer in each corner:  if two of the three decide to work together, it’s over.

Chapter 3 of the book, The SmartPhone Wallet describes the negative impact that a Continue reading

Will Retailers Use “Tender Steering” to Control Interchange Fees?

A process called “tender steering” is new to most retailers.  It means that a retailer can provide incentives to customers to use a particular type of card to pay.  This method could give retailers the power to drive interchange rates down by driving customers to some types of cards and away from others.

You might think that after half a century of having little or no control over the fees they pay to accept card payments, retailers would be demanding that all mobile commerce products and NFC-enabled systems support tender steering.  They are not.  Retailer associations have been virtually silent on the topic, and there are no reports of major retailer pushing this service.

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Combining Payments and Loyalty Programs

(c) 2010-2011 by David W. Schropfer

Interpretation of a Possible Isis Mobile Wallet Design

The first pictures of the Isis mobile wallet are probably many months away from being released to the public. No, the image on the left is neither from Isis nor endorsed by Isis, but it has merit based on recent public statements from the company.

Last week, two executives on the Isis management team discussed critical elements of the company’s future product, specifically:

-A Convenient User Interface;

-Integration between payments and digital loyalty (including coupons and advertising), and;

-Open format for payment schemes, banks, credit unions, even transit systems.

Jim Stapleton, the new head of sales and account management for the joint venture, was joined by Sarab Sokhey of Verizon, an advisor and lead consultant for Isis, at the Mobile and Transit Payments Summit in Salt Lake City, hosted by the Smart Card Alliance.

In his keynote address, Mr. Stapleton said: Continue reading

Starbucks Mobile Payments and…the NRA?

Starting today, my wallet will forever stay in my pocket at Starbucks.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop buying Starbucks coffee; it means that I can finally feed my caffeine addiction using only my SmartPhone.

When Starbucks Coffee announced yesterday that over 6,800 of its locations would accept mobile payments, there was a significant amount of buzz in the press.   This morning, I used this service for the first time.

My first unfortunate impression was that the philosophy behind Starbucks mobile payment was reminiscent of the philosophy of the National Rifle Association (NRA).   This requires some explanation, obviously, so here it is: Continue reading

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