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Safaricom loses battle to block Equity Bank’s thin sim card

Kenya: Integrated communications services provider, Safaricom, has lost the battle to block Equity Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary Finserve Africa from entering the lucrative mobile money services market using the Thin Sim technology....

Mobile Money Transfer, APAC, Safaricom, Equity Bank, SIM Card

Next Samsung Smartwatch Rumored to have Mobile Payment, Fingerprint Sensor

Although its debut is set for the 2015 Mobile World Congress, Sasmung's next smartwatch is being beset by rumors galore....

Mobile Payments, Global, APAC, Samsung, Smartwatch

ICICI Bank says 5% of total transactions done via mobile phone

MUMBAI: Amid reservations expressed by the Reserve Bank on slow pick-up of mobile banking, country's largest private lender ICICI BankBSE 0.44 % today said it is witnessing a huge growth in adoption and the stream now constitutes for up to 5 per cent of overall transactions....

Mobile Banking, APAC, ICICI Bank

Snapdeal to double engineers to 700 to tap mobile commerce

MUMBAI: Leading online retailer Snapdeal is increasing focus on mobile commerce, where it will be doubling its engineering staff count to 700 soon as it sees over 90 per cent of business coming in through this platform over the next three years, its co-founder said today....

Mobile Commerce, APAC, Snapdeal

Apple to partner with China Unionpay on m-payments - report

Apple has reportedly reached an agreement with China Unionpay to jointly launch mobile payments in China....

Mobile Payments, APAC, Apple, UnionPay

Visa explores options to sell stake in Monitise

Visa is exploring options to sell its stake in mobile banking technology company Monitise, the card network announced in a press release....

Mobile Banking, APAC, Visa, Monitise

Orange, BANK OF AFRICA in mobile financial services partnership

BANK OF AFRICA and Orange Money customers will be able to transfer money directly from their Orange Money account to their BOA account and vice versa....

APAC, Mobile Money, Orange Money, Bank of Africa

Zamtel to launch mobile money

ZAMTEL says it will soon roll out a mobile money facility after the approval of a licence by Bank of Zambia (BoZ)....

APAC, Mobile Money, Zamtel

Apple a decade behind Japan's mobile payment curve

In Japan, mobile contactless payments have been used regularly for a decade....

NFC, Mobile Payments, APAC, Apple

China’s WeChat Introduces In-store Payments for Nine Retail Chains

Tencent backed instant messaging app, WeChat has been reportedly updated with in-store mobile payments for nine retail chains across China and the feature will be officially opened on September 15....

Mobile Payments, APAC, WeChat

Paytm allows digital wallet users to transfer money between them

BANGALORE: Online payment service Paytm has added a facility to its digital wallet that allows users to transfer money between them, and integrated its wallet with online merchants like MakeMyTrip and BookMyShow....

Mobile Payments, APAC, Digital Wallet, Paytm

Bangladesh not yet ready for new mobile technology

Analysts speak on second day of CTO conference...

Mobile Technology, APAC

Mozilla aims to break Indian mobile market with $33 smartphone

Internet browser group Mozilla has followed in Google’s footsteps by releasing a mobile device - with one difference; its smartphone will cost merely $33 - as it looks to capitalise on the growing Indian market....

Mobile Technology, APAC, Smartphones, Mozilla

Will WeChat Succeed in Mobile Commerce?

WeChat, China’s wildly popular social messaging app, is experimenting with mobile commerce in a bid to become an all-in-one platform. What are the odds of success?...

Mobile Commerce, APAC, WeChat

Ericsson study sees bright future for mobile banking

About 97 percent of the country's population are interested in using mobile phones to send and receive money, according to a study by Ericsson, the Swedish communications technology and services company....

Mobile Banking, APAC, Ericsson

Idea Cellular launches mobile wallet, Idea Money

NEW DELHI: Idea Cellular has launched a mobile wallet service Idea Money which allows customers to conduct transactions like prepaid mobile recharges, DTH recharges, utility bill payments and money transfers....

APAC, Mobile Wallet, Idea Cellular, Idea Money

Why China Will Lead Innovation in Social and Mobile Commerce

Social commerce is a novel term in the US, and many people are not familiar with it....

Mobile Commerce, APAC

CIMB, AIS To Develop Mobile Banking Solutions

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Thai Bank PCL and and Advance Info Service PCL (AIS) have teamed up to develop a suite of new banking solutions on mobile phones, named “Beat Banking‟,” to cater to the latter’s 42.9 million customers....

Mobile Banking, APAC

MobiKwik introduces India’s first Mobile Money transfer service

MobiKwik, a mobile wallet service, is experiencing increasing adoption in its new wallet-to-wallet (W2W) money transfer service with more than 1.5 Lakh money transfers taking place in the last two months....

Mobile Money Transfer, APAC, MobiKwik

Zimbabwe: Econet Offers Telecash Employees Double Salary

The battles between Zimbabwe's largest mobile network operators are far from over; with a new cold war at tipping point....

Mobile Money Transfer, APAC, Econet, Telecel

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