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?
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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)
China the most populated nation on Mother Earth is embracing mobile phones and the spin for developer’s is to engage in collabrative ways to address the demand. With this in mind the rest of the World needs to adopt a similar attitude to stay in touch. Here is some information from Finextra on research by KPMG into mobile payments adoption by China.
The statistics are amazing. More than 1 billion mobilephone subscribers in China and 6 billion plus worldwide. From the figures about 48% use 3G (3rd generation internet) capable handsets in developed countries. For many the basic Text, call and internet access capability of feature phones is sufficient. Figures posted by mobilethinking.com indicate that 36.4% of mobilephone sales are smartphones and 63.6% are feature phones (source http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23455612 ) .
A list of mobile phone subscribers in Australia and New Zealand in comparisen with population indicates that there is more than 100% subscription – maybe many use more than one?. The market growth is around 2.6%. A recent analysis reported by Budde Comm in relation to New Zealand indicates 120% market penetration with Vodafone, Telecom and 2Degrees the major Mobile Network operators. However with the planned upgrades to internet speed and more smartphone use it is likely that consumers will look to alternative connectivity such as MoiP and VoiP. A New Zealand Government Web Standards report around SMS use and agency initiatives provides a “political” perspective.
Near Field Communication is being favoured by major stakeholders such as Card Issuers to maintain the card standard and is a form of contactless payments. However this requires a major upgrade to Merchant terminals and with the power of the internet many developer’s globally are addressing the opportunity by offering alternatives. Less costly options that are more secure and feature packed are however likely to contribute significantly to educated participants. Mobile EWallets that do not require the storage of Card or Bank details in apps making them instantly attractive to the security conscious . Here is a recent article on techcrunch which raises valid questions around the adoption of Near Field Communication tap and pay or contactless card payments . This is intended to be introduced in New Zealand in future but the terminal upgrades required will hinder this and especially where more “modern” technology is available with less disruption and significantly lower compliance costs and yet a higher more flexible level of technology. Google Wallet is yet another roll-out by Google but, do you really want ‘to put all your eggs in one basket’ so to speak? Google are rather obscurely obtaining cellphone numbers to reset lost Google account passwords. Crikey what are the ‘motives’ for these tycoons? Is good or is it bad in the form of some monopolistic control. PaybysmsGlobal, a not for profit concept, is set to provide high technology solutions or simpler alternatives that do not require the use of any card or even clearing houses or Banks.
- Consumers may spend more when making contactless payments (lexingtonlaw.com)
- Samsung Galaxy S3 contactless NFC payment tested in UK shops (daftarteknologi.wordpress.com)
- Mobile payment security under scutiny (computerworld.co.nz)
- NXP Semiconductors and Alioth’s SmartMX2 SCOne Smart Cards Brings a Contactless Dimension to Banking, Transport Ticketing and Government Applications (virtual-strategy.com)
- Hey Google, What’s in your Wallet? (digitalsurgeons.com)
Near Field Communication does not allow for remote and global transactioning and maintains a policy of storing Card or Bank details in app to the benefit of Bank centric users and the need to interact with terminals. Unfortunately, more chips in card means more traceability options for ‘big brother’.
The move toward Near Field Communication has been well documented. It is ‘retarded’ by a oversaturated market of ordinary analog style phones. However, Telco’s and manufacturer competition are driving down the price of smartphones, which are mainly used for entertainment purposes – apps. What is also fact is that people don’t want to be spied on by agencies such as the GCSB or Government Communications Security Bureau. Cellphones with simcards are traceable and can be tapped for information turned on or off. This of course is the same organisation that was used by John Key to spy on Kim Dotcom, assuming the PM is in control? He maybe just a puppet for ‘big brother’, without knowing or realising? so to speak.
- New Zealand’s intercept bill and Huawei (billbennett.co.nz)
- Telco legislation to be introduced this week (radionz.co.nz)
- GCSB refuses to tell people if they’ve been illegally spied on (radionz.co.nz)