Are Mobile Payments the Future?

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Humans are increasingly seeking flexibility. Having the world at our fingertips has never been in greater demand. From keeping up with Friends on Facebook to turning on your oven 20 minutes before you arrive home, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to make the world your oyster… through your smartphone or tablet. Don’t believe it? Take a look at this BlackBerry PlayBook review to see how mobile technology can speed up transactions that would formerly take hours or keep you close to the characters in your favourite games, all in one tablet!

An area seeing fierce competition is in the ability for us to make payments on the move using our smartphone or tablet. Imagine the possibility of making a purchase using a smartphone, and then instantly paying with a simple swipe of your credit card!

Intuit GoPayment

Intuit, a Canadian based company, has developed the ‘GoPayment’ system. Available on the iOS and Android systems, they supply a card reader which attaches to the top of your device. A download of their app enables a connection between these, so that when a purchase is made, you can swipe your credit card through the reader, enabling instant payment. Surely this kind of innovative flexibility must cost a fair bit, I hear you say? Actually, not all that much. The company issues the reader free of charge and claims there are no monthly fees and no commitments. The only charge is a 2.7% fee each time you swipe. This can be reduced to 1.7% should you decide to take up their optional monthly subscription, at a rate of $12.95/month. It may sound like a breakthrough, but there are others fighting for a slice of the cake.

PayPal Here™

PayPal have created the PayPal Here™ mobile payment system. The system is very similar to that of Intuit, particularly in relation to the fee structure. However the key difference is that Intuit only accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards. PayPal not only accepts these credit cards but have extended this service to PayPal itself of course, Debit cards and cheques. You can even invoice from the app, which is available again on the iOS and Android systems.

Kudos Payments

NetSecure have developed the Kudos Payment service. They provide a similar arrangement to Intuit and PayPal, with a slightly higher charge of 2.7% + $0.20 per swipe and a $49.99 fee for the reader. Although Intuit and PayPal are working to cater for BlackBerry devices, the Kudos Payment service is already available at the BlackBerry App world.

Barclays Pingit

Barclays Bank, in the UK, have created the Barclays Pingit system. After creating an account with them and downloading their app, you acquire the means to make a payment from your device to another contact simply by entering their phone number. The contact must register with the service in order to enjoy the benefit. This person can be an individual or small business. The significant point here is that there is no card reader involved, in fact, no plastic at all… Is this the future?

9 thoughts on “Are Mobile Payments the Future?

  1. I don’t heart about this interesting things. I guess that these devices have a future, its a very easy to use, and save your time which is always so not enough. Thanks for interesting article.

  2. Google Wallet is another great way of paying for services but it is limited…..Any ways, thanks for the share Laura

  3. Certainly it’s future of online buying. We would be able to search and buy online more conveniently and easily.

  4. I agree, today you can leave your house and on your mobile your able to do your banking. I do it all the time !

  5. To my mind, mobile payment systems will be extremely popular and widely-spread all over the world in the nearest time. It is very convenient

  6. Hi Mavens,
    The future speaks more and more to online buying and most mobile producers are looking for better solutions for this.

  7. HI Mavens,

    I never knew that such technology were already available in the market. Down the line such devices would be built-in the mobile and the charges to use would be very less or can be free too.

  8. To my mind, mobile payment will become much popular in the nearest time, the same as mobile browwsing. Just because, it’s, first of all, much convenient

  9. Taking into account the fact that today more and more people use their mobiles for browsing websites, then I think that such kind f payments will become very popular

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