Mobile Payment Apps Changing the Way You Do Business

10 Jul. 2014 Mobile App

Mobile payment apps are evolving rapidly and changing the way consumers and businesses operate. As many technology companies roll out mobile payment applications and services, mobile strategies are beginning to transform the existing business models. The use of mobile payment applications as a payment alternative to cash, checks or credit cards looks set to increase significantly.

By 2020, mobile app payment processing will become the preferred method of in-store and digital payments, according to a study produced by Internet & American Life Project and Elon University. Supporters of smartphone technology are quick to highlight that this form of mobile payment processing is one that simplifies transactions, loyalty programs, couponing and other incentives for financial institutions, retailers and consumers.

Reasons why mobile payment apps are a hot topic in finance and banking industry

  • The ever growing ubiquity of the mobile phone: on a world population of 7 billion, there are 5 billion mobile phones, but only 2 billion people have a bank account
  • Consumers are using their mobile phones to make payments in over 130 deployments with a 100 more planned and several new initiatives announced each week
  • It is a growing market predicted to increase to 900 million users and USD 1 trillion in transaction value by 2015

What is a mobile payment app?

Mobile payment app is simply a mobile app acting as an alternative payment method where instead of paying with cash, check, or credit cards, a consumer can use a mobile app to make a payment. Mobile payment can also be referred as mobile money, mobile money transfer and mobile wallet, which cater to the payment services operated under financial regulation and performed from or via a mobile device.

Credit card companies as well as IT companies such as Google, Apple and a number of mobile communication companies, have implemented mobile payment applications.

Mobile Payment Apps

In 2016 there will be 448 million m-payment users, in a market worth $617 billion – Gartner

Today, with the help of mobile payment apps, we are able to carry less hard cash because, we can just as easily make purchase with payment cards, and track the spending online. Plus, it’s more safe and secure than carrying $500 to buy the latest iPad Air. Google Wallet and Apple’s Passbook are two of the most popular mobile payment applications we often hear about, but if they are not your fancy, there are plenty of other mobile payment apps that carry perks and benefits as per your preferences. Let’s look at the most widely used mobile phone payment apps:

  1. Google Wallet

  2. Google Wallet is a mobile payment application developed by Google that allows its users to store debit cards, credit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards among other things, as well as redeeming sales promotions on their mobile phone. Google Wallet can use near field communication (NFC) to “make secure payments fast and convenient by simply tapping the phone on any PayPass-enabled terminal at checkout.”

    Google Wallet

    Google Wallet – a smart, virtual wallet that saves you time and money

    Instead of tapping your credit card on the NFC machine at the checkout counter, all you have to do is wave your smartphone or tap it on the machine to make your payments. It’ll also be able to identify the credit card information linked on your Google account.

  3. Apple’s Passbook

  4. Passbook is an application developed in iOS that allows users to store coupons, boarding passes, event tickets, store cards, ‘generic’ cards and other forms of mobile payment. It was designed by Apple Inc. and announced at the 2012 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 11, 2012.

    Apple Passbook

    Apple Passbook Screenshot

    Passbook Features

    • Displays 2D barcodes of following types: Aztec, PDF417 and QR
    • Triggered by location. Up to 10 locations can be added to each Pass. A location is programmed as GPS coordinates (longitude, latitude, and altitude) and/or iBeacon UUID (The UUID is a Universally Unique Identifier which is a 32 ASCII character code or a code automatically generated from a name using the Passkit API)
    • Localisation of the pass. Up to 35 languages can be stored per Pass
    • Pass changes can be pushed via the Apple Push Notification Service by the pass provider, or manually updated by the user themselves

    Passbook is only officially provided by Apple for iOS, but several third party developers have created unsupported applications for other operating systems, such as PassWallet for Android & BlackBerry, that support importing and viewing Passbook passes.

  5. PayPal

PayPal is one of the most accepted payment services on the planet. Lots of physical merchants and vendors are accepting payments through PayPal, no actual credit card needed. The PayPal app can use your location to determine what merchants and vendors around you let you pay with PayPal. Once you’re at the checkout, just tell them you’re paying with PayPal instead of cash or a card. You’ll just have to enter your mobile number and PIN and you’re good to go. PayPal just deducts the funds from whatever bank account or credit card you have linked.

Paypal iPhone App

Paypal iPhone App Screenshots

The next generation has already started to use mobile apps as their mobile payment method. Rishabh Software is a mobile payment solutions provider helping small to medium enterprises to achieve their business goals by developing mobile apps.

Mobile payment applications enables seamless integration with your IT ecosystem. Enterprises can take action to improve their cash flow by capturing this wave of mobile payment apps and accept payments in real-time. Mobile phone payment applications continue to rise in popularity and usage across the globe.

Our customized mobile payment apps will empower your organization to keep pace with the new and ever changing trends. Get in touch with us to learn more about our mobile app development services.

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