Slideshow 7 Major Payments Reveals at the 2013 Mobile World Congress

  • March 01 2013, 4:37pm EST
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MasterCard made a big splash by announcing MasterPass, the rebranded and expanded version of PayPass Wallet Services. The initiative will rely on a number of technology providers to facilitate integration and will put greater emphasis on its mobile point of sale capabilities when the new functions launch in Canada and Australia, followed by Europe and the U.S.

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Visa announced a deal with Samsung to provide Visa's PayWave technology on Samsung’s Near Field Communication-enabled devices. The news follows an earlier announcement of the Visa Ready Partner Program, which provides technology developers and mobile networks a clearer path to the Visa network. Image: Bloomberg


The new Samsung Wallet runs on Google's Android operating system and mimics many of the features and design traits of Apple's Passbook, which stores payment cards and tickets from other mobile apps, typically relying on displayed bar codes for redemption. Image: Bloomberg


Many companies deployed contactless payment technology throughout Barcelona ahead of the event. La Caixa Bank lead the move to outfit with contactless card-reading terminals. Some 200,000 Visa chip-based payment stickers were issued for consumers to attach to their mobile phones. Image: Bloomberg

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VeriFone and Korean IT services company SK C&C are partnering to deploy open mobile payment technology for wireless network operators.


The UK version of PayPal Here will allow merchants to read EMV chip-and-PIN payments with a wireless card reader that communicates with mobile phones. The new device was on display at the conference. Image: Bloomberg


BlackBerry, in the midst of orchestrating a renaissance with its new BlackBerry 10 operating system and next generation mobile devices, is beginning a pilot with PT Bank Permata, to allow users to transfer money to their contacts over the BlackBerry Messenger service. Image: Bloomberg