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Over the past six months there has been lots of buzz about mobile payments. High-profile companies such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Visa have all indicated they are exploring ways to make money from mobile payments. And at last month’s Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, the momentum around mobile commerce and Near Field Communications seemed to grow even stronger. In fact, several firms including Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Deutsche Telekom and Orange all talked about how they were incorporating mobile commerce and/or Near Field Communications technology into their future plans. Some companies even went so far as to designate 2011 as the year for NFC payments.
We are under the impression that cellphone manufactures will be offering a secure mobile payment method - Near Field Communication
(NFC) short-range wireless technology and includes real-time anti-fraud alerts and other features designed to protect consumers from fraud.
Fine-tuning the business model for this nascent service is challenging. Wireless carriers, platform providers, device makers and financial institutions all want a piece of the revenue pie. It’s not surprising, considering that many analysts estimate that the market potential for these services is enormous. According to Portio Research, mobile payments volumes worldwide were $68.7 billion in 2009 and are forecast to reach $633.4 billon by year-end 2014. The biggest potential markets for mobile payments are Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Portio says.
But for mobile payments to reach the potential predicted by Portio, a lot of diverse players will have to fit together to make a compelling and lucrative solution. How that will happen is unclear. All we know for sure is that there is a lot of experimentation in the market today.
To help spur the market, the GSMA is heading up a NFC-related initiative with several of the world’s biggest operators including America Móvil, Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT Corp., MTS, Orange, Qtel Group, SK Telecom, Softbank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor and Vodafone. The operators have said they intend to launch commercial NFC services in select markets by 2012.
In the U.S., mobile payments have made headlines lately because of the new initiative Isis, which is a joint venture from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA. The carriers plan to leverage Discover Financial Services’ network to process payments; Barclaycard U.S. will be the first issuer. Isis has inked deals with merchants but so far has not revealed the names of those merchants or more details about when it will launch.
Meanwhile, Sprint has decided to go it alone with its mobile wallet initiative, called Sprint Mobile Wallet. Unlike the Isis project, Sprint’s wallet will let customers make purchases using their existing Visa, MasterCard and Amazon accounts. Sprint is going to eventually hit the big one, you have to admit they always have their hat in the rink, and sooner or later they are going to hit one out of the park.
Clearly for mobile payments to become a success, merchants, financial services, operators and device makers need to come together to make a viable solution. Perhaps all this experimentation in the market will result in less fragmentation and more cohesiveness. We are exploring those issues and more in ”Cashing in on Mobile Commerce,” a new eBook from FierceWireless. In this eBook, we take an in-depth look at the overall potential for the mobile commerce market, profile some successful mobile payment implementations and explore some of the latest initiatives in barcodes, mobile coupons and more.
AT&T Open Call Contest
Do you think you have the next great mobile app? Would you like an opportunity to get your content in front of a panel of AT&T staff and experts? Well now is your chance! The AT&T Developer Program is hosting its annualOpen Call Contest at CTIA Wireless 2011, Orlando, FL, on March 23 and 24, and we want to hear about your exciting new mobile application or content. This contest gives you the chance to win a share of $40,000 in prize money and get your content or application out to more than 95 million AT&T wireless customers!
Choose Your Category
Enter your mobile application or content into one of four contest categories:
Gaming Platform: AT&T now supports the OpenFeint gaming platform. We are looking for games that capitalize on this platform—challenging, competitive games that demonstrate high performance, social integration, and monetization.
HTML5: In this track, we will review innovative Web-based applications that use HTML5. We want to take advantage of the HTML5-capable browsers that are now proliferating across Smartphones and that promise to be the wave of the future.
Social Good:AT&T wants to recognize developers who are creating applications for social well-being. In this track, we are seeking applications that are sustainable, focus on disabled or mature segments, or cover anything around the social good.
Open: This category is open to all entries. We would like to see applications that use native code but, remember, we welcome all app submissions in this category.
The deadline to submit your content or application is Midnight Pacific Time, March 1. The top developers will be invited to a second round of judging and will pitch to the panel of AT&T staff and experts at CTIA Wireless in Orlando. Enter now!
Recognition and Rewards
The winner of each category will:
Be awarded the coveted AT&T Open Call Award.
Take home a $10,000 cash prize.
Get potential exclusive go-to-market and promotion opportunities.
All participants must be present at the Awards Reception on March 24 in order to win.
Want more info?
Get contest details and rules, and submit your application or content now at http://developer.att.com/opencall
The AT&T Developer Program Team
Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) said it stopped taking pre-orders for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4 at 8:10 p.m. EST yesterday, and that the pre-order sales broke company sales records–an echo of the flood of traffic that greeted AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) when it took pre-orders for the device in June.
Verizon began taking pre-orders at 3 a.m. EST Thursday for existing customers. According to the carrier, within the first two hours Verizon sold more phones than any first day launch in its history. Verizon said online pre-orders will begin again Feb. 9 at 3:01 a.m. EST, and that its stores will open at 7 a.m. local time on Feb. 10 for the official launch. Apple stores also will open at 7 a.m. local time on Feb. 10; Best Buy will offer the CDMA iPhone then as well.
The launch was not without glitches. Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney told Reuters that the majority of the carrier’s customers were able to get their orders processed, but that some customers received error messages. She said Verizon is trying to sort through the issues.
Meanwhile, other carriers are working hard to blunt the impact of the Verizon iPhone. AT&T said Thursday it will throw its marketing muscle behind the Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) Atrix 4G. Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) will host a media event in New York City Monday to unveil an “industry first.” And T-Mobile is offering two free G2 smartphones when customers sign up for an unlimited, two-line family plan, which costs $179.99 per month. Additionally, the No. 4 carrier, which is kickstarting a company-wide turnaround plan, set up a special website to hype its smartphones and HSPA+ network, which it markets as 4G.
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e-Cycle, an official buyback and recycling partner of Verizon Wireless, will be buying back AT&T iPhone units onsite at Macworld Expo 2011.
Macworld Expo runs from Thursday January 27 through Saturday January 29 in San Francisco. Attendees can visit the e-Cycle booth and trade in their old iPhone units for cash.
The Verizon iPhone launch is just around the corner, a fact that is giving many AT&T iPhone owners cause for consideration. e-Cycle is taking advantage of the opportunity to accept in-person buybacks.
According to e-Cycle, only 10% of the roughly 130 million phones discarded each year are recycled. Not only do many of these phones still have resale value, passing a phone on to a new owner is a lot better for the environment than tossing the device in a landfill.
If you aren’t going to be at Macworld, e-Cycle has an online buyback tool for both the iPhone and iPad. Payout depends on the model of phone and its condition. As an example, we were offered $160 for our not quite year-old 32GB iPhone 3GS. Depending on how far along you are in your contract and how much you originally paid for your iPhone, selling the old unit could offset a significant portion of a Verizon iPhone’s cost or the AT&T early termination fee (ETF).
e-Cycle says that it scrubs all devices using “the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures,” and phones traded in at Macworld will be wiped of all user data upon receipt.
AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) will accelerate the deployment of its LTE network, launching LTE markets by mid-year with the entire deployment competed by 2013. In addition, the company will debut 20 4G devices this year. Those devices will use a variety of operating systems including Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 7 and Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, implying that a 4G version of the iPhone is in the works.
AT&T described both HSPA+ and LTE network technologies and said it will be releasing devices that run on both technologies. Recently T-Mobile USA has blurred the lines calling its HSPA+ network and devices “4G.” When T-Mobile did so this past spring, AT&T said that calling HSPA+ “4G” was misleading.
Speaking at the company’s AT&T developer event held here today, AT&T Mobility CEO and President Ralph de la Vega said that recent tax incentives have made it possible to accelerate the company’s LTE deployment as well as expand its backhaul capabilities. Specifically, de la Vega said that the company is equipping its backhaul network with Ethernet and fiber, which will provide network speeds of up to 6 Mbps–what AT&T calls “4G speeds.” He expects that two-thirds of the company’s network traffic will be on the expanded backhaul by year-end.
In October, AT&T Operations CEO John Stankey said at an investor conference that the company would launch commercial LTE service by mid-2011, and will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by year-end.
De la Vega also said that AT&T plans to introduce 20 4G devices this year, with HSPA+ devices coming in the first half of the year and LTE devices in the second half of the year. Those LTE devices will include smartphones, USB modems and hot spots and will use a variety of platforms including Android, Windows Phone and iOS. AT&T will launch HSPA+ smartphones that include the Motorola (NYSE:MOT) ATRIX 4G, the HTC Inspire 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G.
The carrier also said it plans to launch two tablets, including its first LTE tablet, by mid summer. Additional LTE tablets are planned for the second half of the year. The first tablet, running HSPA+, is made by Motorola, has a 10.1-inch screen, runs on Nvidia’s 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor and supports the “Honeycomb” version of Android.
By contrast, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has already launched 39 LTE markets, covering 110 million POPs. The carrier currently offers two laptop dongles, and charges $50 per month for 5 GB of LTE data and $80 for 10 GB of data. Verizon is expected to unveil a range of Android smartphones and at least one tablet here for its LTE network.
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Mobile advertising will finally post solid growth numbers in 2011, according to an Enders Analysis report that projects mobile will account for 4% of all online ad revenue in Britain this year. Enders is also predicting unit prices for mobile ads to drop.
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Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) agreed to purchase WiFi chipmaker Atheros for $3.1 billion, or $45 per share.
San Jose-based Atheros is known for its innovations with WiFi chipsets. Earlier this year the company teamed with Wilocity to make WiGig-WiFi chips, and it also has been exploring ways to combine WiFi with powerline systems.
The deal is the largest ever for Qualcomm, and is expected to close sometime in the first half of the year. The New York Times first reported on the tie-up late Tuesday.
The acquisition would provide Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of cell phone chipsets, with a way to diversify beyond its core market into new growth areas such as tablets and smartphones, which require more processing power and must be able to connect via many different technologies besides cellular, such as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The deal could also allow Qualcomm to compete more heavily with longtime rival Broadcom.
This isn’t the first time Qualcomm has tried to get into the WiFi game. In 2006, the company purchased a WiFi chipmaker Airgo Networks.
Qualcomm is fresh off another big deal. In late December, the firm sold its 700 MHz spectrum that is uses for its soon-to-be-decommissioned FLO TV service to AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) for $1.925 billion.
via Qualcomm to buy WiFi chip giant Atheros for $3.1B – RelatyGo.co
This is by far some of the most exciting news we have read lately. Combing WiFi with local powerlines all over the U.S. – What will they think of next?