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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mobile Banking Updates - Nov 15

Buddy, Can You E-Mail Me 100 Bucks?
"What if you could send money to that friend who loaned you $20 last week by using your mobile phone rather than having to go through the trouble of trekking to the ATM or mailing a check? All you'd need would be your buddy's e-mail address or cell number—and presto. Folks in Japan and Europe can already do that. Soon Americans will, too. Studies show that U.S. consumers, particularly the younger set, have embraced the convenience of online shopping and e-banking and are now ready to move to the next frontier: person-to-person mobile payments. A recent poll by Mercatus, a financial consulting firm, showed that the proportion of people ages 26 to 34 who had used a cell phone to buy goods or pay for a product or service had doubled, to 14%, in the past year."

ViVOtech Partners with Citi in Largest Global NFC Pilot
"ViVOtech has announced that its NFC mobile payment wallet, Over-the-Air (OTA) provisioning, smart posters, coupon delivery and redemption technologies have been successfully deployed in Citi Tap and Pay, a pilot service that brings to India next-generation contactless credit card payments based on this emerging technology. Launched in July in the city of Bengaluru in India, Citi Tap and Pay is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive NFC mobile payment pilots."

Misys Changes the e-Banking Game With ClairMail Mobile Banking Partnership
"Misys plc, the global application software and services company, today announces its new partnership with market-leading mobile banking and payments solution provider, ClairMail, significantly enhancing and extending its mobile banking solution, Misys Mobile. Through a close integration of both companies' solutions, and together with its online portal platform, Misys can now offer its customers a complete range of e-banking solutions including the latest mobile banking technologies appropriate for any customer segment. With the addition of ClairMail, Misys Mobile can now deliver SMS-based services, web-based mobile banking, and its unique SmartClient downloadable applications, all in its banking customers' own branding."

Banks hold key to mobile financial services in developed markets – Fundamo
"Banks, not mobile operators, are pivotal to the rollout and mainstream uptake of mobile financial services in developed markets like the U.K., according to mobile banking platform provider Fundamo. 'There is no technical reason why consumers in developed markets can't get mobile financial services. It is up to the banks,' said Aletha Ling, chief business development officer and executive director at Fundamo. 'It will only take one bank to do it, and do it well, for it to be successful,' she commented to Total Telecom in London on Tuesday."

Nokia Money to go commercial in Q1 2010
"Nokia's mobile banking and payment service is expected to be commercially available in its first market in Q1 2010, although the Finnish handset manufacturer is unable to divulge any details about the location as yet. According to Teppo Paavola, vice president, general manager of mobile financial services, Nokia cannot talk about the service until it has fully confirmed details about which bank it will partner with in any market: the service requires a banking licence before it can be launched."

RBS launches Mobile Banking App
"WORRIED that beleaguered RBS bankers might lose your money and go cap in hand looking for another taxpayer funded government bail out? Well now there’s an App for that. Part state-owned RBS has now launched an iPhone App to allow customers to keep an eye on their finances – just months after announcing the biggest banking loss in British history."

NatWest launches m-banking iPhone app
"he app allows customers to check their account balances, recent transactions and manage their money on the move using iPhone. The new app is one of a number of helpful initiatives the Bank is developing to bring customers closer to their finances on a 24/7 basis. Today's launch re-enforces NatWest's commitment to offer our customers more advanced mobile banking services. Recent research showed that consumers are interested in more sophisticated mobile banking facilities, with a quarter being interested in money transfers between bank accounts, a further quarter being interested in receiving fraud alerts and 24% said they would like to pay in cheques without visiting a branch."

A Battle for Deposits Helps Fuel Bank Interest in P2P Payments
"Mercantile Bank of Michigan has an answer for observers who want to know why financial institutions are starting to show an interest in person-to-person payments. It comes down to competition for deposits, says John Schulte, senior vice president and chief information officer at the bank, which will introduce a commercial service in the first quarter that will let customers with smart phones transfer funds to other individuals."

Kony Mobile Finance Now Available for Banks and Credit Unions

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