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Get Ready For Apple Pay, The Mobile Wallet By Apple

By Mohammed Waseem

While the world is going mobile, a number of companies are pitching into the payments space to make the best of the market before anyone else does or before the market saturates. Mobile payment is not available in many countries, but initiatives are being taken by many organizations to introduce the service all over the world.

Hopefully, with Apple Pay, the new mobile payments service by Apple will reach everywhere iPhones and iPads are used. Currently, Apple is launching the service in the United States only. With this service, Apple mobile device users can checkout online and at retail locations across the country. Launching this month, the service will be available only for iPhone 5 and later models including iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. iPhone 5 users can use this service with the Apple Watch.

Apple Pay by AppleThe technology used for the Apple Watch is amazing; whether the wearer is the owner of the watch or not is confirmed with the detection of the wearer’s skin beneath the watch, through a PIN code entered when the watch was first put on. The technology used for payment is NFC (Near Field Communication), which is used in contactless payments or cardless payments.

The response to this from businesses is amazing; 222000 vendors are already supporting Apple Pay. Supported Apple devices come with a dedicated chip that securely stores a unique number called the Apple Pay ID. This ID is used when payments are made, the last 4 digits of the same would show on receipts.

Apple Pay would act as a mobile wallet that stores cards which would be used for making the payments. It would be seamlessly integrated with most of the apps for in-app purchases. Even while purchasing in store, the service is highly secure as the vendor would not know the user’s card number, name, or any other personal information. Interestingly, even if a device is lost, the payment information would remain secure.

Let’s wait for the service to launch and see how far it goes. It would be nice to see it introduced in other countries as well.

Mobile Wallet Provider, Isis to Change its Name

By Mohammed Waseem

Mobile Wallet provider Isis has been inevitably forced to change their name since the acronym “ISIS” has become synonymous to the terrorist group from Syria. They are working on re-branding and haven’t released a name yet.

“However coincidental, we have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence and our hearts go out to those who are suffering” CNET.com reported the Isis Mobile CEO, Michael Abbott saying. So, the name which took years to develop will unfortunately require a change; the team is actively working on looking for a new name. The Isis mobile wallet service is jointly run by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Isis MobileThe service was launched in November 2013 in the US and is available nationwide. They took a long time for joint venture teaming, trials, etc. after which they had come up with a name. Now, if they don’t change the name, it will surely affect their brand due to obvious reasons. Even though they are totally different, the fact that it is synonymous with ISIS would make the people choose a different service; this is why the name change is vital.

Isis Mobile allows users to pay for purchases by adding participating credit cards from American Express, Chase or Wells Fargo or by setting up an American Express Serve account. Money can be added to this account with a US bank account, a credit card or a debit card. This means that if the user does not hold one of the three supported credit cards, they can use any other debit or credit card by setting up an American Express Serve account.

The app also holds offers from participating merchants, exclusively available to Isis users. Users can pay at over 200000 locations across the US, where contactless payment is accepted. They just have to wave the phone over a screen to make the payment. The app is available on Android and iOS.

After so much hard work choosing the name, it will obviously be difficult to change it, but if they don’t, they may fail to become established.

Will contactless payment systems replace cash?

Contactless payments
Will you soon be able to pay for products by waving your phone at a reader?

People hate carrying cash nowadays, and one of eight people believes that cash will become obsolete in the future, according to Barclaycard and Barclays. No one likes having a ton of spare change, or having a wallet stuffed with one dollar bills. And people feel uncomfortable and insecure when carrying large denomination bills.

According to the study, £23 is the average amount of money that can be found in a purse or wallet. Also according tot he study, many people hate carrying loose change, and the majority (57 per cent) of respondents said they refuse to carry around one and two penny coins. One fifth said they avoid carrying cash entirely.

Dan Wass, head of current accounts and contactless at Barclays, commented: “Although we are far from becoming a ‘cashless society’, it’s clear from our research that cash is no longer king.”

Credit cards are less popular these days after the credit crunch of recent years. People are also sick of the various predatory fees charged by credit card companies.

Debit cards continue to be a popular wait to pay for retail products.

Instant money transfers or so-called “contactless payments” in which a person swipes a card or device, and money is transferred instantly, could be the wave of the future.

Contactless payment systems include credit cards and debit cards, key fobs, smartcards and any other devices which use RFID for making secure payments. The embedded chip and antenna enable buyers to wave their card or fob past a reader at the point of sale. Some suppliers claim that transactions can be twice as fast as conventional cash, credit, or debit card purchases. Because no signature or PIN entry is typically required for contactless purchases under US $25 in the US and under £15 in the UK, research indicates that consumers are likely to spend more money due to the ease of the transaction. MasterCard Canada says it has seen “about 25 percent” higher spending by users of its PayPass-brand RFID credit cards.

However, research indicates that some people still refrain from making contactless payments due to fears about security and a lack of understanding about how the technology works.

Methods are being developed to protect people’s security when using contactless payments. For example, although a number of payments can be made merely by touching a device to a shop’s outlet, only a certain number of transactions can be made before a user is required to enter their pin.