We start this week with two big handset stories - BlackBerry 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 - before moving on to the rest of the news, including more mobile wallets, more free WiFi, more quarterly results and more legal action!
Research In Motion has hired Kristian Tear as its new Chief Operating Officer and Frank Boulben as Chief Marketing Officer.
Kristian Tear joins from Sony Mobile Communications, where he was the company’s Executive Vice President. Frank Boulben was previously Executive Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Sales for LightSquared. He’s also held senior roles to Vodafone and Orange.
MasterCard has announced a new digital payment service called PayPass Wallet Services.
It’ll enable MasterCard’s banking partners to create their own digital wallets for online shopping - with consumers able to add any credit, debit and prepaid cards - and will also offer in-store NFC payments using compatible mobile phones. In addition, retailers will be able to include MasterCard’s check-out, fraud detection and authentication services into their own internet-connected transaction systems.
Mark Bridge writes:
It's a hard life being an early adopter. Last week in London I walked past a bus shelter that displayed a sequence of posters. Next to the changing display panel was a blue NFC logo.
“For advertiser links and travel information touch your NFC enabled phone above”