Slideshow 7 Payment Partnerships that Span the Globe

  • February 19 2016, 11:36am EST
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As the spread of mobile technology continues to erase borders, more companies are teaming up to bring their offerings to audiences they would have been unable to serve just 10 years ago. Many of these companies already had global reach, but needed the technology or local expertise of a partner from overseas.

PayPal and Vodafone

PayPal's pact with Vodafone brings the California-based payments company not only a powerful ally in Europe, but also a way to implement Near Field Communication tech, which has been largely absent from PayPal's earlier mobile wallets.

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Apple and China UnionPay

Apple may be a global powerhouse, but it can't go it alone in China. Its deal with China UnionPay gives it a way into the country while also giving UnionPay leg up in mobile payments.

Ingenico and Panasonic

France's Ingenico and Japan's Panasonic are teaming up to take mobile payments to new extremes. The pair developed a payment-enabled version of Panasonic's Toughpad, which is built to resist shock, dust and — according to its marketing video — piranhas.

Microsoft, Boku and Swisscom

The carrier billing provider Boku began its "breakthrough" deal with Microsoft to enable payments on Windows 10 in partnership with Sweden's Swisscom and the U.S.'s Sprint. According to Boku, this level of support shows its model is coming into the mainstream.

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MasterCard and Samsung

Japan's Samsung and U.S.-based MasterCard are teaming up to modernize the refrigerator. Their product, unveiled in January, lets consumers order groceries from within their own kitchens.

Visa and Visa Europe

As California-based Visa and U.K.-based Visa Europe plan to reunify, they are already planning ways to combine their resources. One such example is Visa Europe's support for Visa Checkout, which was designed in the U.S. as a replacement for the digital wallet.

Splitit and WooCommerce

Israel's Splitit (formerly PayItSimple) is working with WooCommerce to bring its interest-free installment payment technology to U.S. merchants.