OpenTable has begun slowly rolling out a program that will simplify paying for meals by letting customers pay for their checks using the OpenTable app. The program is currently being tested by some users at select San Fransisco restaurants.
iPhone users on Verizon Wireless can now use the Incipio Cashwrap NFC case for iPhone that allows them to make payments with the ISIS Mobile Wallet app for Verizon. The case was launched for AT&T iPhone users two weeks ago, and like the AT&T app, using the Verizon ISIS app requires use of the case, according to Verizon.
Rumors of Apple getting into the mobile payments business have circulated for years. They have half a billion people registered with iTunes, almost as many iPhones and iPads in the market, hundreds of millions of credit cards on file, they already handle mobile transaction at Apple Stores, and Passbook has been integrated into iOS since 2012 and iBeacons since 2013. The pieces are in place. Yet it remains a complicated business to get into. Douglas MacMillan and Daisuke Wakabayashi for the Wall Street Journal:
Incipio has released its rumored NFC-enabled case that will enable tap-to-pay on the iPhone. The Incipio Cashwrap works with the ISIS Mobile Wallet app for AT&T Mobility, and is available today for $69.99.
The lack of NFC on the iPhone is a downer when it comes to using it for tap-to-pay purchases. ISIS, however, has long been talking about coming to the iPhone through a tie-up with case maker Incipio. Prototypes have been shown off, but now, the folks at Engadget have received the first concrete evidence that these things might actually go on sale:
Square has just announced a new offering which gives you all the hardware equipment you need to start taking payments on your iPhone and iPad. You can select bundles based on what you need and they'll be shipped directly to you. All you'll need to bring to the table is an iPhone and/or iPad.
Less than a month ago, a story broke about Apple buying AuthenTec, purveyors of mobile, digital security solutions including fingerprint authentication. While some Apple purchases, like Siri and Intrisity seem to suggest obvious uses, AuthenTec's portfolio and Apple's lack of any branded security beyond FairPlay DRM made intuiting this one a little less obvious. So what could it be?
PayAnywhere is not a new service. They have been around for a while, and process 10 billion dollars annually for hundreds of thousands of businesses already signed up. Now there are no shortage of options when it comes to processing payments on the go. Square has been around for a while, PayPal has introduced their services, and there are various others as well. While many have found comfort in the Square reader, the app itself is very basic and that can limit its appeal. Whether you are looking for a new service to test out, looking for something that offers added features, or just an app that looks better, you'll want to check out PayAnywhere.
While rumors have been swirling for months that Apple was going to strap NFC (near field communications) to the iTunes cash register and boldly take iPhone 5 into the mobile payments future, Google is already there with the announcement last week of Google Wallet.