About Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts est un rédacteur spécialisé dans le les paiements et les grandes tendances du secteur à l'échelle mondiale.

Flint review: mobile payments without a card reader

UPDATE: Flint has been discontinued, so this review is no longer updated and will be out of date. From our reports, Flint shut down its processing in early February 2017. Customers are referred to Stripe, Square and similar alternatives. Sometimes, even the smallest smartphone accessories can be far away just [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2018-09-12T19:13:46+01:00February 20th, 2017|

Google is finally doing payments right with Android Pay

Google's first take on mobile payment did not pan out well for the company. Google Wallet never appealed to the masses as its privacy issues security holes never really allowed it to take off. The second take, Android Pay, looks more rewarding. With more than one billion active Android [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2020-11-12T17:19:53+00:00September 7th, 2015|Tags: , |

M-Pesa: Yet to make an impact in India

M-Pesa has established itself globally as one of the most successful mobile micro-finance and money transfer services. Its network consists of the following countries and regions: Afghanistan, South Africa, parts of Eastern Europe, Kenya, and India. Vodafone, India’s second largest mobile operator introduced M-Pesa in India in 2011. It has [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2020-05-08T09:15:52+01:00May 31st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Pakistan’s Easypaisa makes banking popular and accessible

Pakistan’s first mobile based branchless banking service, Easypaisa, is the creation of Tameer Microfinance Bank and the international telecommunication giant, Telenor. Established in 2009, the service is now accessible in more than 800 cities and towns throughout Pakistan. It has an average of six million users per month. In [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2019-01-11T18:24:21+00:00May 31st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Ufone joins mobile banking with Upaisa and Ubank

Ufone was the fourth telecommunication company to join Pakistan's mobile banking party with Upaisa. As the saying goes, it’s better late than never. It has given existing Ufone customers something to rave about. With mobile banking services being in the market a few years before Ufone’s introduction of [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2019-01-11T18:29:36+00:00May 20th, 2015|Tags: , |

Predicted growth of use of mobile wallet and NFC payments

The growth in mobile payments, namely NFC and mobile wallet payments, is set to increase in line with the number of smartphone sales around the world. According to the latest research from Gartner, published on 14 February 2012, total smartphone sales in 2011 reached 472 million units and accounted [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2020-05-08T09:17:08+01:00May 23rd, 2013|Tags: , |

Number of mobile phones around the world – by country and region

There are approximately 5,082,665,820 mobile phones in use around the world today. Mobile phone ownership around the world is clearly highlighted in the pie chart below. We have also broken down mobile phone use by region for those countries for which data on mobile phone ownership is available. [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2020-10-28T11:57:20+00:00May 22nd, 2013|

SMS payments and charities

Unlike other business users of SMS Payments, charities are usually given the full value of the donation. With other business users, the mobile payment provider will charge a transaction fee. Mobile payment providers usually waive this fee for charities to ensure that the charity gets the full benefit of the [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2021-08-05T12:00:47+01:00May 19th, 2013|Tags: |

The bad press history of sms payments

When you ask anyone about premium SMS they will usually think of the companies that you used to see on television offering ringtones, wallpaper, games, photos or dating sites that people could download to their mobile phones. With these companies, SMS payments very quickly got a very bad reputation. Some [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2020-10-30T12:57:37+00:00May 17th, 2013|Tags: |

Who is using SMS payments and mobile payments and where?

The use of the mobile phone as a wallet or payment device is growing rapidly as companies, financial institutions and customers come to grips with the technology and the possibilities that it brings for mobile payments. Here are just some case studies showing real-life examples of SMS payments and [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2020-10-28T11:58:05+00:00May 17th, 2013|Tags: |

How to block premium SMS messages, step by step

If you think you are receiving a text message in error - or you no longer want to receive a premium SMS - then it is relatively easy to stop getting these premium SMS messages on your phone. Thankfully, we have come a long way since the early days [...]

By Jamie Roberts|2020-10-30T13:37:37+00:00May 16th, 2013|Tags: |