The Next Credit Card? Your Cell Phone

From YNN

 

Google Wallet

Google sees all these cell phones in the world and has decided to let people pay for things with them in face-to-face transactions, much like how credit cards are used. To that end, the tech giant has just launched “Google Wallet.”

 

It uses “Near Field Communication,” which is a wireless technology that works over very short distances. Quite simply, once the cashier rings up a purchase, the buyer merely waves their phone in front of a sensor to pay.

Right now, however, the service is very limited. For starters, it’s currently Google Prepaid Card or Citi MasterCard only, so it’ll only work at stores with MasterCard PayPass stations. Visa, American Express and Discover are all working with Google to get onboard, though.

The other major limitation at the moment is that it only works on the Nexus S 4G phone on Sprint. Going forward, developers insist everything from loyalty cards to tickets to door keys will be used in the same way as part of “Google Wallet.”

 

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Lightyear Network Solutions inks New Five Year Agreement with Sprint

LIGHTYEAR WIRELESS NEWS FLASH

Lightyear Network Solutions launched its Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) operations under a new five-year agreement with Sprint

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Lightyear Network has been offering data, voice and wireless telecommunication services to business and residential customers throughout North America. The current contract with the telecom company Sprint allows Lightyear to partner directly with Sprint on new wireless products, and provide postpaid and prepaid mobile telephone products and service utilizing the Nationwide Sprint Network.

Lightyear officials said that the agreement provides numerous benefits for Lightyear, including a larger and improved selection of the newest Sprint wireless devices, quicker access to those products, greater flexibility regarding product and service offerings for Lightyear customers, and the ability to offer bundled Lightyear wireline and wireless products.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our MVNO with Sprint, which has been a valuable Lightyear provider partner for a number of years,” said Stephen M. Lochmueller, chief executive officer of Lightyear in a statement.

Lightyear’s statement also clarified that the MVNO agreement will now allow Lightyear to offer an enhanced suite of wireless products, while lowering its costs. Lightyear also believes that its sales force can immediately begin offering these enhanced services under the MVNO agreement to its more than 60,000 customers. [continued]

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Android fuels Prepaid Wireless – Lightyear Wireless Benefits

Sprint steps it up: Android devices fuel prepaid

Sprint steps up the prepaid game, and Lightyear Wireless probably has more Android devices available than any of the other prepaid companies today.  In fact, Lightyear is currently promoting what appears to be the first tablet in the prepaid market with the Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Most people want the latest and greatest smart phones, and the Lightyear/Sprint relationship is working great and delivering what the customers want.

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Sprint steps up prepaid game:  Android fuels commodity devices

By Larry Dignan | June 10, 2011, 3:00am PDT

Summary: Sprint’s move to take a phone like the Triumph to Virgin Mobile highlights how a lot of the wireless action will be in the prepaid market. Here’s why prepaid is a hot market.

What happens to prepaid growth—and contract declines—when devices connected to inexpensive plans become competitive with their pricier cousins?

We’re closer to answering that question today than we were just last week.

Sprint and its Virgin Mobile unit on Thursday debuted the Triumph, an Android 2.2 device that doesn’t look like a cheapo phone. Rachel King summed up the primary issue in her quick impressions of the Triumph:

The Triumph was the real treat if there was one today. If I walked into a Sprint store and saw this handheld without a “prepaid” label stamped onto the product sheet, I would assume it’s a full-fledged, regular contracted smartphone. And in a way, it really is just a regular 3G smartphone. Motorola (and Sprint via its Virgin Mobile brand) are developing a bridge between subsidized and prepaid smartphones by bringing some decent options to the bottom category.

 

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U.S. Prepaid Cell Phone Market Shows Promise

3 Out Of 5 Subscriptions From 2010 Were Prepaid

U.S. Prepaid Cell Phone Market Shows Promise

According to data released by the New Millennium Research Council (NMRC), three out of five new wireless subscriptions in the United States from 2010 were prepaid. And to use NMRC’s words, this “penny pinching” trend will continue, and even see growth this 2011.

NMRC expects to see an overall total of 1 out of 4 prepaid subscriptions before the year ends.


Prepaid subscriptions are common in emerging markets, but the United States has always been the land of post-paid wireless plans. We’ll let you decide whether this development is caused by the overarching condition of the economy in the United States, or if it’s brought about by people becoming smarter with their purchases. But then again, the former could’ve paved way for the latter.

 

According to the NMRC data report, it’s the unlimited type of prepaid subscription that’s gaining traction in the market, whereas traditional prepaid service actually saw a decline from 2009 to 2010.

 

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What to expect from a low-cost, prepaid iPhone

A lot of people are waiting for the iPhone to move to prepaid wireless, but I wonder how many people have thought of the trade-offs if the iPhone shows up in the prepaid market.   There is a great illustration to follow of just what people can expect, and I doubt most people have thought of the ramifications if that were to happen.   The two biggest; A high cost for the phone, or a watered down version of the iPhone, and a possibility of earlier models in prepaid and no the latest and greatest available in the contract wireless markets.

What to expect from a low-cost, prepaid iPhone

September 15, 2011 — 11:16am ET | By

at http://www.fiercewireless.com

A number of reports have indicated Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) could be planning a low-cost iPhone. Such a device could vastly widen Apple’s addressable market and open up the iPhone to more prepaid service plans. But what are the obstacles Apple faces in offering a less expensive iPhone?

Before we get into the details, let’s start at the beginning: The 16 GB iPhone 4 currently costs around $649. The reason AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) sells the device for $200 is because the carrier subsidizes the cost of the device, and recoups that expense through the two years of service iPhone buyers are required to sign up for. Thus, prepaid carriers would have to sell the iPhone at full price ($649) because they couldn’t reliably recapture a subsidy.

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Fact: The majority of mobile subscribers worldwide are prepaid.

Prepaid makes the world go wow

Is Prepaid wireless here to stay?

Fact: The majority of mobile subscribers worldwide are prepaid. According to analyst firm Ovum, prepaid today accounts for 75% of total mobile connections in 2010, and will grow to account for 77% by 2015. This is because of regional preferences, low income in certain countries and the desire to enjoy cost control on specific services such as data and content. In fact, analyst firms predict that the ratio of prepaid subscribers in the prepaid/postpaid mix will rise and even countries such as the United States will see an increasing percentage of prepaid activity over the coming years.

Ok. So we’ve established that prepaid is on the rise and that even postpaid strongholds are susceptible to its charms. But this still doesn’t explain why I’m writing this piece.

Because prepaid is changing

A bold statement you say? Just think of your typical prepaid subscriber of a couple of years ago and the same one today. A trip down memory lane would show you that a couple of years ago, prepaid subscribers were limited in the handsets they could acquire and the services they were offered, which were mainly voice and text. There was no way that a prepaid subscriber could use data services on a smart phone.

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