Tag Archive: Mobile Payments

Is Verizon even allowed to discriminate against NFC apps like Google Wallet?

Dec. 7, ‘11: Verizon Wireless has been careful to point out that it is not technically blocking the Google Wallet app/service from the new Galaxy Nexus phone, and that it is still negotiating with Google. Google, too, has not used the “blocked” word … Continue reading →

Isn’t it ironic: Google Wallet “closed” on the airwaves Google lobbied the FCC to keep “open”

Dec. 6, ‘11: About four years ago, Google was in activist mode, campaigning the FCC to force our wireless airwaves “open”, serving consumers’ interests above those of wireless operators. Google called for rules like: “Open applications: Consumers should be able to download and utilize any … Continue reading →

Who needs NFC? Square launches geofence payments

Nov. 2, ‘11: Tricia Duryee, reporting for All Things D: A new version of its application, called Card Case, will leverage geo-fencing capabilities in Apple’s latest operating system update for the iPhone. The technology will identify when a person is within 100 meters of a … Continue reading →

Why the carriers will probably lose the mobile payments race

Aug. 29, ‘11: Bloomberg’s Olga Kharif reports how AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile plan to take on Google and other rivals in the nascent and messy (but lucrative) mobile payments industry: By investing more than $100 million in Isis, their joint venture. The good … Continue reading →

It’s “Gartner hype cycle” time again

Aug. 10, ‘11: The whole “Gartner hype cycle” thing is a little corny, but it’s a solid representation of which technologies are starting to get interesting (“Internet of things?”), which mega-hyped ideas are about to crash down to reality (augmented reality, NFC payments), … Continue reading →

Mobile payments are a mess

Aug. 1, ‘11: The idea that we might someday use our mobile phones to pay for some things offline — in stores, taxis, or from vending machines, for example — makes sense. That’s been happening in places like Japan for years. And merging … Continue reading →