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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mobile Banking Updates - Jun 13

Why Android Is Attractive for Alt-Payment Companies
"A growing number of mobile payments companies are promoting systems that charge purchases to users' phone bills rather than credit or debit cards. Since Apple Inc.'s tight control of the iPhone precludes this approach, the payments firms are gravitating to Google Inc.'s Android — which itself is emerging as the handset of choice for the consumers most likely to use their phones for banking and financial activities.

On Wednesday, Zong Inc. and Boku Inc. each introduced tools that let software developers weave their payments systems into applications for Android phones. These systems could be used, for example, by a video game developer to sell additional levels to someone who has downloaded a game that was given away for free."

Is mobile banking growing or not? The answer is yes.
"For statisticians (or accountants) that like to manipulate numbers, the mixed success of mobile banking is a field of dreams. If I want the appear to be rosy Javelin has many fresh quantitative stats to pull from:

* Rising m-banking use among advanced platforms (Android and iPhone!)
* Strong ROI metrics such as impact on new-customer turnover and fraud
* High interest among desirable or emerging demographic populations"

Sybase 365 Expands Global Mobile Banking Portfolio With Ixe Bank Partnership
"Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., the global leader in mobile messaging and mobile commerce services, today announced its partnership with Ixe Bank, one of Mexico's leading financial institutions, to launch 'Ixe Net Movil', the Bank's new multi-channel mBanking service.

'In working with Sybase 365, Ixe Bank can now enable a wide range of SMS, mobile browser and rich client banking applications, allowing our customers to decide when and where they want to bank,' said Enrique Perezalonso, Director of Marketing and New Product Development for Ixe Bank. 'Offering our customers outstanding service is a core part of our mission, and with Sybase 365 as a trusted partner we are now able to take our banking service directly to our customers.'"

Gates backs cell phone banking for Haiti
"The massive earthquake in Haiti in January destroyed a third or more of the country's banks and ATMs, but even before the quake fewer than 1 in 10 Haitians had ever used a traditional bank.
Aiming to broaden access to financial institutions and aid in the recovery, the Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development announced Tuesday a plan to back up to $10 million in funding to spur the use of cell phone banking, an approach that has worked elsewhere to bring financing to the poor."

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