mobile payments

Coin features expand as funding goal met in 40 minutes

Coin features expand as funding goal met in 40 minutes

There's a few more pointed features appearing in the digital credit card known as Coin this week, these being shown in conjunction with a note that their initial crowd-funding goal had been met in just 40 minutes, right out the gate. Coin suggests that their funding campaign began at a cool $50,000 and was met in just under 40 minutes, making this campaign one well on its way to crowd-funding history - we'll see at the end of the funding timeframe, of course.

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Isis Mobile Wallet launches nationwide with three carrier support

Isis Mobile Wallet launches nationwide with three carrier support

Coming off a rather long testing phase, Isis Mobile Wallet has launched nationwide today. The digital wallet service is arriving with support from three of the big four US carriers and basically means users will be able to make mobile payments with their NFC-equipped smartphone. The catch of course, having a supported device and finding a location that will accept mobile payments.

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T-Mobile “Un-carrier” programs fuel Q3 2013 expansion

T-Mobile “Un-carrier” programs fuel Q3 2013 expansion

T-Mobile increased its customer base in Q3 2013 by more than 1 million, the company announced in its earnings call. This marks the second consecutive quarter in which the mobile carrier has led the industry in customer acquisition. It sold 5.6 million smartphones in the quarter, 15% of which were iPhone sales, and smartphones made up 88% of the company's device sales revenue.

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Google, all major payment companies shun pay-to-remove mug shot sites

Google, all major payment companies shun pay-to-remove mug shot sites

Google is demoting commercial mug shot websites in search results, the New York Times reports, and MasterCard, PayPal, American Express, Discover and Visa have all stated they are in the process of terminating payment services to the owners of such sites. This mass revolt started when influential reporter David Segal called the search engine and the payment companies with a few simple questions last week. Their spectacularly unified response could drive the 80-plus pay-to-remove mug shot publishing operations into relative obscurity—much to the relief of the millions of people who have ever been arrested but not convicted of any crime.

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Google Wallet for iOS lands (but misses NFC)

Google Wallet for iOS lands (but misses NFC)

Google Wallet has finally launched for iOS, though since Apple's iPhone and iPad lack NFC the app focuses on sending mobile payments rather than in-store use. While on Android the focus of Google Wallet has been to turn smartphones into tap-to-pay credit cards, Apple's continued avoidance of NFC has forced a less revolutionary approach on iOS: the app effectively works as a place to corral loyalty cards and payment details, as well as to send money digitally.

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PayPal Beacon promises touch-free mobile payments with Bluetooth LE

PayPal Beacon promises touch-free mobile payments with Bluetooth LE

PayPal has launched Beacon, a new mobile payment dongle using Bluetooth LE for hands-free transactions, and with installation as easy as plugging in a wall-wart. PayPal Beacon hooks up via Bluetooth Low Energy to the PayPal app on their smartphone, automatically letting them check-in - with a quick vibration to show that it's happened - and then allowing for a final check-out without needing to touch the device at all.

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Facebook mobile payments aim to join Paypal, not compete

Facebook mobile payments aim to join Paypal, not compete

This week the folks at Facebook have revealed - in short - plans to unleash their own form of mobile payments for real-world products. Though on the surface it would seem that Facebook's creation of a so-called "mobile payment system" would interfere directly with what PayPal already has in place - including inside Facebook - both companies have send assurances that they've got "a great relationship" with one another.

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Isis Mobile Wallet brings NFC to the payment counter, will roll out nationwide

Isis Mobile Wallet brings NFC to the payment counter, will roll out nationwide

Isis, the joint venture between T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, allows for NFC-based tap-to-pay (and redeem) transactions at the counter. The service was initially rolled out in two locations: Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Both initial locations were stamped as successful, and now plans have been announced to roll out the service nationwide sometime later this year.

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EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

UK 4G carrier EE has revealed its latest devices, including an 802.11ac router for EE's fiber, as well as detailing its shared 4G plans and double-speed roll-out. EE DoubleSpeed will go live on July 4th, the carrier has confirmed today, and offer up to 150Mbps theoretically, though in practice more like 24-40 Mbps; it'll be available to new and existing subscribers (at no extra cost) in twelve cities, rather than the originally announced ten. There's also a new mobile payments service in association with MasterCard.

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