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Chinese consumers are ready for mobile payments, but the ecosystem faces familiar challenges

According to Datamonitor's 2012 Financial Services Consumer Insight Survey, a staggering 81.7% of Chinese consumers are interested in gaining the ability to pay for things in shops using their mobile phones. This compares to only 49.0% of UK consumers, and a low of 36.2% among Dutch consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2012
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Mobile payments in India set to explode

Payment providers need to focus on delivering the basics of a good payments solution via cheap feature phones if they are to tap into India's mobile money market potential.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Dec 2013
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NTT DOCOMO's virtual prepaid card faces usage struggle

NTT DOCOMO's new virtual Visa prepaid card service for online shoppers will require considerable long-term investment to garner any real payoffs, as there is a general unwillingness to use prepaid online in Japan.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2013
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Providers must reassure consumers over contactless

Concern over lost or stolen contactless payment cards can be a barrier to consumer uptake of the new payment format. Issuers and schemes must provide reassurance in order to drive demand for contactless payment use.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2013
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Qantas pressured by card schemes to reduce surcharges

The leading card schemes have begun to pressure merchants to reduce high card usage charges. Qantas has reacted accordingly, and other companies are likely to follow its lead in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jul 2013
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Banco Sabadell using cash to push mobile payments

Banco Sabadell's Instant Money service highlights a growing trend among banks looking to use ATM cash withdrawals as a means of promoting mobile payments. However, getting the balance right between convenience and security is key to success.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2013
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Commonwealth Bank should not fear Google

Rather than worrying about non-financial institutions muscling in on their territory, banks need to embrace the change and beat the payment upstarts at their own game.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jun 2013
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Samsung joins the digital wallet race

Following Google Wallet and Apple Passbook, Samsung has joined the digital wallet race in South Korea and the US. However, while the Samsung Wallet has all the ingredients to take off in its home market, it will not be smooth sailing in the US.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2013
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PayPal returns to its online roots

PayPal's recently launched Log In with PayPal platform allows consumers to use their PayPal credentials to log in to merchant websites and complete the checkout process without needing to enter personal or payment information. The service focuses on mobile internet, a popular and growing market, and is likely to prove more successful than PayPal's previous forays into mobile POS payments.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2013
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UnionPay set to shake up US card market

China UnionPay's entrance into the US payment card market with a prepaid card offering signals a bold strategic move by the payment network to not only tap into the growing popularity of prepaid cards, but also to expand its consumer reach and global brand presence. If successful, UnionPay could potentially spell bad news for major payment providers and their standing in the market.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2013

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