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Visa-Samsung deal is NFC's silver lining

Visa's new deal with Samsung is a major leap forward for NFC and its future within payments. While NFC still faces a considerable number of challenges, the sheer size and scale of the new payWave rollout initiative, in addition to Visa and Samsung's global brand presence, will likely give the technology the boost it needs to see a rise in consumer adoption rates.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Feb 2013
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Visa's CodeSure is compelling, but may prove difficult to launch

Visa CodeSure, a card with an embedded screen and numerical keypad, is ready for launch. By entering their PIN, consumers can generate one-time passcodes that can be used in place of static passwords for online transactions and banking. However, despite its clear anti-fraud benefits, convincing banks to invest in portfolio upgrades while economic uncertainty prevails will prove challenging.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2010
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Visa targets the underbanked

Visa's move to launch a white-label mobile money service for banks and mobile operators highlights a major structural shift in the market for mobile payments, particularly in developing economies. Visa's global brand presence, in addition to the sheer size and scale of the new service's scalability, spells bad news for less established mobile payment providers.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2013
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Visa enters new territory in the online payments sector with V.me

Visa has announced the launch of a new digital wallet, V.me, to compete directly with PayPal in the online payments sector. The digital wallet allows consumers to link their existing payment tools and make online transactions without having to reveal their card payment details to the merchant. Due to launch in early 2012, V.me will allow Visa to explore new territory as a digital wallet provider.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2011
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Visa and MasterCard: a cartel reborn?

MasterCard has announced its intention to start charging mobile wallet providers fees this year, with Visa indicating it may follow suit, ending the free ride PayPal and others had previously been getting. This will allow Visa and MasterCard a chance to play catch-up in the mobile wallet market by slowing down their competitors, but they will still need to win market share on their own merits.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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Visa and DeviceFidelity partner to bring mobile payments one step closer

Visa and DeviceFidelity have announced plans to launch an NFC-capable microSD memory card for use in mobile phones, effectively turning them into contactless payment devices. Although Visa's involvement makes this new device a much stronger proposition than previous offerings, perennial issues such as competing technologies, revenue models and consumer acceptance must still be tackled.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2010
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Virtual currencies are on the radar of central banks, but regulations remain a long way off

The European Central Bank recently released its first study looking at the nature and impact of emerging virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, Linden Dollars, and World of Warcraft Gold. While these currencies have grown strongly in recent years, in some instances resulting in extremely large virtual economies, they are likely to remain outside regulatory control.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2012
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Think big for cashless payments

The concept of cashless transactions appeals to consumers and suppliers alike. It reduces the overheads of handling cash, cuts down on the risk of theft, and the inconvenience of having to find the right amount of change for a vending or car park machine. However, there are a few things that every organization should know about cashless payments before committing to such a scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2006
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The mobile money market must offer better value to replicate its success in the developing world

A survey carried out by the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and Gallup reveals significant differences in mobile money usage between low- and high-income countries, with usage much higher in less developed economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Higher-income countries are lagging behind in developing these services, but these markets pose a different challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2012
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The future of online

The role of online technologies has evolved from supporting primarily the sales process to supporting all phases of the customer lifecycle, from customer acquisition to fostering long-term customer loyalty. Understanding how online channels are evolving, and how customer expectations are changing in tandem is, therefore, essential.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2006

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