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Most consumers in developing economies are aware of mobile money services

A new study from Visa and Fundamo, the mobile money platform Visa acquired last year, reveals that the majority of consumers in six developing countries are already aware of mobile money services.

In addition, nearly 90% of consumers expressed an interest in making payments or sending funds from their mobile phone in the future.

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Visa Europe, RBS and NatWest bring NFC mobile payments to iPhone customers

RBS and NatWest have launched an NFC mobile contactless payment service for bank customers with an Apple iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

The service, which is called TouchPay, has been developed with Visa Europe and uses a protective iCarte cover that incorporates NFC technology.

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Google Wallet expands to support all Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards

The Google Wallet NFC payment app, which was launched in the USA last year, has been transformed into a cloud-based service.

Google Wallet was originally only available to customers who had a Citi MasterCard credit card or the Google Prepaid debit card.

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MeeGo returns, Samba Mobile offers free mobile data and WiFi starts taking over

Podcast - 11th July 2012

There's plenty of variety in The Fonecast this week. We start the podcast with news of MeeGo's resurrection by Finnish smartphone company Jolla before talking about a mobile network that’s giving away mobile data whenever its customers watch video advertisements.

There's also time to discuss Telefonica's recent deals, the rise of free WiFi availability, tablet-related legal action, malware in the Apple App Store and the truth behind a recent 'exploding mobile phone' story.

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Last week at The Fonecast: 9th July 2012

MeeGo... and me come back again

Mark Bridge writes:

It was a good week for technology stories hitting the mainstream news, thanks to the apparent appearance of a Higgs boson, Sir Alan Sugar’s YouView online TV service and football goal-line technology.

Mobile-related news hasn’t been quite so big, although plenty of well-known names have turned up in the headlines. What’s also been turning up – rather more than usual – is the presence of WiFi.

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