The hesitation and delayed adoption of NFC in retail outlets worldwide is understandable. The cost of compliance will be expensive for merchants let alone waiting for consumers to buy NFC capable smartphones. Surveys indicate that smartphone usage is most popular for gaming activities and that because markets are saturated with older handsets the adoption of smartphones generally, is retarded. In emerging economies such as China and India the adoption rate is much higher. There are many other reasons of a socio-technical nature related to mobile technology adoption being researched. Privacy, Trust, Education etc.
For smartphone users and merchants an alternative to NFC compliance requirements gaining rapid adoption is the use of barcodes to process mobile payments. This requires software/hardware that can scan the barcode and process a payment – available already in many retail chains.
The SMSGlobalExchange concept is ideally positioned to perform these features easily with many added applications and enhanced security including account storage or Exchange as opposed to calling it a Bank. Essentially a non profit organisation to provide humanity with an exchange for alternative units and low interest or free lending maintaining value and building wealth for all Users. To learn more please email us to access further information. We are also inviting developers to the project which will undertake a feasibility exercise to incorporate an independent satellite communications channel.
Here is a link to an article from Mobile Commerce Daily. China is also embracing a NFC alternative form of mobile payments rapidly. This leads one to suggest – why change a nice mobilephone to one that has NFC capability at more cost and for merchants why upgrade to new terminals when your current model will likely do just fine?
Another of interest application is Zidisha. Through this application investors can do business in emerging economies, micro-financing, tapping into the rapid adoption rates of mobile phone usage. for information on Zidisha click here..
Another is M-Pesa in Africa. The ability to process transactions over vast distances or remotely, independent of any card debt, is the true benefit of mobile payments
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Notice also that this technology also opens doors to more meaningful engagement with your target consumers by direct marketing opportunities to promote and develop your branding and provide information to users from a corporate social responsibilty perspective. Yet more strife with old card based systems is brewing right hear in New Zealand and Auckland buses – yet more costs and borrowing for taxpayers ( could it all be a huge game of debt and interest?). The problem seems to be that the New Zealand based card system is trying to integrate with a French international contractor using its own system. The answer is simply allow the French version to roll out without delay, use a more modern alternative for mobile payments that caters for ALL mobilephone users at little or no cost to comply.The message to all stakeholders is “wakeup” and don’t be fooled again. New ‘card-less’ technology and exposure of the truth should expose the cumbersome less agile Near Field Communication credit card-based systems into the past. Its ludicrous to even contemplate the thought, but then, as usual many just follow like a herd of sheep. Is it going to be costly to fix the blunders? – of course it is. Begs the question, why is it being pushed into the system in the first place. Who will pay for it ? – yes you are right again – the taxpayer? Its all about keeping nations in debt and under control. Update 3/2013 a great example of executive manipulation, why, Agenda 21 ? and corporate flaws is the NOVAPAY payroll system for education providers in New Zealand and Solid Energy mismanagement practices debacle here in New Zealand.
- Mobile Payment Technology: What’s in Your Digital Wallet? (webroot.com)
- TABLE: The Solution That Will Lead The Mobile Payments Revolution (embargozone.com)
- Mercator International Report: Global Mobile Retail Payment Initiatives 2013 (prweb.com)
- Apple Files New Patent for Establishing NFC Sessions (patentlyapple.com)
- TABLE: Why Card Readers Will Lead The Mobile Payments Revolution (embargozone.com)