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Survey: China to have 230M m-pay users by end-2011

A new report predicts that China will have 230 million mobile payment users by the end of this year generating transactions with a value of Rm6 11.37 billion (US$1.8 billion).

NFC Forum announces new members

The NFC Forum has announced that UK payment card firm Barclaycard has joined the organisation …

eBay targets retailers with mobile-friendly platform

eBay and its PayPal unit have launched X.commerce, a platform that enables developers to target retailers with applications for mobile, online, and social commerce. The new platform is heavily based on recent acquisitions by eBay including mobile payments firm Zong and RedLaser, whose app enables smartphones to scan goods in stores.

Etisalat, MasterCard, RIM join forces on NFC in UAE

Mobile operator Etisalat has announced a partnership with credit card giant MasterCard to launch NFC-based mobile payment services via BlackBerry handsets in the United Arab Emirates.

Square relaxes its rules to pull in bigger merchants

US mobile payment provider Square is relaxing its current rules in a bid to maintain its fast growth in the increasingly competitive US mobile payments market.

RIM announces NFC-based tagging service but makes no mention of mobile payments

RIM has announced a new NFC-based service called BlackBerry Tag that enables users to touch devices to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content.

America Movil and Citi plan m-banking service across LatAm

Leading mobile operator America Movil and US bank Citigroup have announced a joint venture to offer mobile banking throughout Latin America, in what would be a major boost to the take-up of such services in the region. The joint venture called Transfer will launch its service first in Mexico in the first quarter of 2012.

Visa to launch NFC-based mobile wallet in Q3 2012

Visa Europe will launch an NFC-based mobile wallet service in August or September of next year, according to a senior executive of the credit card giant.

Samsung delays NFC handset; confirms Olympic phone

Samsung and Google have delayed the announcement of a high-end NFC handset originally scheduled for …

Feature video: mobile operators and banks the best of enemies?

A range of interviewees explore the sometimes strained relationship between mobile operators and banks in a new feature video from Mobile Money Live.