Starbucks Mobile Payments


Starting today, my wallet will forever stay in my pocket at Starbucks.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop buying Starbucks coffee; it means that I can finally feed my caffeine addiction using only my SmartPhone. When Starbucks Coffee announced yesterday that over 6,800 of its locations would accept mobile payments, there was a significant … Continue reading Starbucks Mobile Payments

Will Mobile Payments Become a Format War?


It is called a “Format War.”  Two or more companies with different products compete for your attention.  Of course, as a consumer, you get to choose the product you want.  If you don’t like it, certainly you are free to switch to another product. However, since companies know this, they can make it incredibly cumbersome … Continue reading Will Mobile Payments Become a Format War?

The SmartPhone Wallet is Now Available


A torrent of advertising and promotional marketing is heading your way to try to get you to use new services on your SmartPhone at retail stores.  Perhaps you have already seen some, or signed up for some. At stake is the future of the credit card system that moves over $11 Trillion per year from … Continue reading The SmartPhone Wallet is Now Available

How Carrier Consortium Could Challenge Visa and MasterCard


Washington at Yorktown. Grant at Vicksburg.  Abbott at San Francisco? Michael Abbott is the new CEO of the joint venture announced yesterday by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.  The name of the venture is ISISTM and their primary charter is building a national mobile commerce network that aims to “fundamentally transform how people … Continue reading How Carrier Consortium Could Challenge Visa and MasterCard

PayPal and VeriFone: Subtle Announcement, Sweeping Implications


Enjoy your holiday shopping this year; it could be the last time you reach for your wallet to pay for all of those gifts. A week ago, conventional wisdom would have dictated that Americans would need to wait at least five years before such a reality were even possible, never mind widely available. On October … Continue reading PayPal and VeriFone: Subtle Announcement, Sweeping Implications

Can Visa, MasterCard and AMEX Become Extinct?


Absurd? Maybe not. Visa, MasterCard and AMEX and their peers are acknowledging a serious threat in the future: the Smartphone. All of these companies make their money by taking a very small percentage of every transaction that uses their services. But what if you could complete a transaction without their services? What if you could … Continue reading Can Visa, MasterCard and AMEX Become Extinct?