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Isis solidifies American Express support

Isis solidifies American Express support

The biggest competitor to Google Wallet - and when I say biggest competitor I mean it's going to chew up Google Wallet and spit it out like a piece of bad meat - has just joined forces with American Express to have the three biggest credit card issuers already flipping the switch with its mobile payment platform. Isis, a joint venture between T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, is steadily making its way to a nationwide launch.

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VISA President: we’ve “moved beyond” NFC

VISA President: we’ve “moved beyond” NFC

This morning at the 2nd full day's keynote at CTIA 2012, VISA President John Partridge offered the company's view on how the mobile world will expand in the very near future. In and important step in the story of banking across the earth, mobile banking specifically, 2.5 billion "unbanked" adults across were introduced to mobile banking in the very recent past which has "transformed the lives of millions of people" said Partridge. "NFC technology has been the global mobile payment standard technology" noted Partridge, "this is a critical step," through "VISA has moved beyond this method" with V.me by VISA.

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Samsung Galaxy S III named official Olympics 2012 phone

Samsung Galaxy S III named official Olympics 2012 phone

Samsung's Galaxy S III has been named the official phone of the Olympics 2012, with a special edition of the quadcore behemoth planned packing integrated Visa payWave wireless payments. However, the NFC-toting limited edition Galaxy S III won't be offered to the public, but only provided to Visa-sponsored athletes and trialists, who will be able to charge items and services to their phone with a simple swipe.

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MasterCard unveils PayPass Button and software

MasterCard unveils PayPass Button and software

MasterCard was one of the first companies to actively pursue contact payments in the US, and today they're announcing plants to incorporate their PayPass system across web and mobile platforms. In addition to the standard contactless PayPass kiosks that you've likely already seen in US gas stations and other retailers, MasterCard is readying the PayPass Button to sync payments for online merchants as well. In practice, it bears a striking resemblance to PayPal, with the benefit of being already integrated with your credit card.

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BlackBerrys account for 80% of NFC phones in UK

BlackBerrys account for 80% of NFC phones in UK

Despite facing a continued decline, RIM remains optimistic with its recent BlackBerry 10 debut and even points out that its handsets have an edge over others when it comes to mobile payments. According to the Canadian phone maker, BlackBerry devices account for 80 percent of NFC phones in the UK. What sort of lead RIM might have in the US, however, was not discussed.

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Charge Anywhere pioneers Blackberry NFC payments

Charge Anywhere pioneers Blackberry NFC payments

Among the many announcements to come out of Blackberry World today, mobile contactless technology had an undeniable, albeit not resoundingly huge, presence. One company that came out strong for the mobile payment side of things is Charge Anywhere, a startup that is looking to pioneer the way small businesses and individual consumers exchange money in real time. Today, it launched a mobile payment app for Blackberry.

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BlackBerry Music Gateway revealed

BlackBerry Music Gateway revealed

All eyes are on RIM's BlackBerry 10 plans at BlackBerry World 2012 this week, but the company has pushed out an entertainment-focused Bluetooth streaming accessory as a pre-show aperitif. The BlackBerry Music Gateway is a compact Bluetooth box that allows a BlackBerry phone - or, indeed, any smartphone, tablet or other device equipped with Bluetooth streaming support - to play music through your home or car speakers. RIM even throws in a little NFC to sweeten the deal.

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Barclays PayTag slaps an NFC sticker on your cellphone

Barclays PayTag slaps an NFC sticker on your cellphone

Wireless smartphone payments needn't be complicated is the message UK bank Barclays is pushing today, eschewing integrated NFC with PayTag, a contactless payments sticker. Intended to be slapped on the back of your phone, the PayTag is basically the same technology as already in some credit cards, turning any phone - no matter how aged - into a digital wallet.

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