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Goodbye, Google Wallet Card

Goodbye, Google Wallet Card

by March 31, 2016 at 4:56 pm 0 comments

It was never supposed to have existed. Google Wallet Card, the sad offspring of Google’s original mobile payments dreams, will shut down June 30, as Android Police reported on March 28. Emails have now gone out to Google Wallet cardholders. The card came about in 2013 because Google was blocked fromRead More

Is Google Starting to Back Away From Google Wallet Card?

Is Google Starting to Back Away From Google Wallet Card?

by February 9, 2016 at 11:41 am 1 comment

Google has split its Wallet service into Android Pay and a Venmo-like peer-to-peer payments service. Now Google appears to have started to phase out the Google Wallet Card, which is a debit card issued by The Bancorp. To be sure, consumers can still order a Google Wallet Card here — IRead More

No, Google Did Not ‘Level the Playing Field’ Buying Softcard

No, Google Did Not ‘Level the Playing Field’ Buying Softcard

by February 24, 2015 at 11:35 am 0 comments

Where does the acquisition (read: assumption) of Softcard leave Google in its drive to compete with Apple Pay? Not as far along as some industry observers would suggest. Wired offered a glowing review of the deal. But with Softcard out of the running, and wireless carriers now doing the distribution legworkRead More

Google’s Plan to Catch Up with Apple Pay — Softcard?

Google’s Plan to Catch Up with Apple Pay — Softcard?

by January 20, 2015 at 11:53 am 0 comments

News broke last week that Softcard, formerly known as Isis, may have a suitor in mobile wallet competitor Google. What would be the price tag, considering the hundreds of millions — perhaps even billions — of dollars telcos poured into Isis/Softcard over the past five years? Try $50 to $100Read More

Why ‘Softcard’ Is Just an Awful Brand Name

Why ‘Softcard’ Is Just an Awful Brand Name

by September 4, 2014 at 11:59 am 1 comment

With the opportunity to rebrand (the payments firm, not the terrorist organization), ISIS could have gone in a multitude of directions. Alas, yesterday it chose “Softcard,” which is, to quote some friends on LinkedIn, a “horrendous choice.”

Did TSB Blow Its Best Branding Opportunity?

Did TSB Blow Its Best Branding Opportunity?

by July 17, 2014 at 1:17 am 0 comments

Last night as I got home from a Korean-town dinner in NYC with the Moven management team, I got a message via Facebook from Rob Findlay (Next Bank) about a recently launched Youtube video supposedly promoting the upcoming revamped TSB website – sort of a trailer for the future launchRead More

Chase Updates App, Discusses Digital Wallet

Chase Updates App, Discusses Digital Wallet

by April 21, 2014 at 10:48 am 0 comments

JPMorgan Chase updated its iPhone app Thursday, and dropped some hints about its mobile roadmap for the rest of 2014. The newly updated app, seen at left, aims at “humanizing the user experience” for iPhone users, said Gavin Michael, Chase’s head of digital for consumer and community banking at aRead More

Score One for QRs in the Battle With NFC

Score One for QRs in the Battle With NFC

by March 18, 2014 at 11:28 am 2 comments

It is one thing to prefer QR codes for mobile payments. It is wholly another thing to actively shut down NFC payment readers. But that appears to be what Best Buy, 7-Eleven and other members of QR-centric Merchant Customer Exchange, known as MCX, the group of retailers — which nowRead More

It’s Alive! NFC Is Back from the Dead

It’s Alive! NFC Is Back from the Dead

by February 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm 5 comments

NFC is back and on the move. Visa and MasterCard both announced support for host-card emulation (HCE) this week and that means near-field communication (NFC), long thought to be finished in the contactless payments world, is alive and doing quite well, thank you. HCE was built into the latest version ofRead More

Is the T-Mobile-Isis Marriage in Jeopardy?

Is the T-Mobile-Isis Marriage in Jeopardy?

by January 24, 2014 at 10:38 am 1 comment

Will T-Mobile bail out of the Isis mobile wallet program now that it has launched Mobile Money by T-Mobile? That’s the question being asked by industry observers in the wake of T-Mobile’s announcement last Wednesday to launch the mobile banking initiative, which includes a mobile banking app for iOS andRead More