Mopay expands gaming, social network micropayments to US
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A company may hire a video editor from Upwork to edit a few of its commercial videos for a rate of $5/hr. If the freelancer completes the project in four hours, the company makes payment to Upwork, who collects its fees and stores the remainder in a digital wallet for the freelancer. Actual bank transactions and overhead costs are involved only on funds withdrawn from the recipient’s accounts. Current systems either allow many micropayments but charge the user’s phone bill one lump sum or use funded wallets.
Payment requests are generated by an Apple or Android mobile app and payment requests are typically sent via messaging systems like WhatsApp or Telegram. PayPal 휴대폰결제현금화 is a micropayment system that charges payments to user’s PayPal account and allows transactions of less than US$12 to take place. As of 2013, the service is offered in selected currencies only. The PayPal charge for a micropayment from a U.S. account is a flat five cents per transaction plus five percent of the transaction (as compared with PayPal’s normal 2.9% and 30 cents for larger sums). An early attempt at making micropayments work, iPIN was a 1998 venture-capital-funded startup that provided services that allowed purchasers to add incremental micropayment charges to their existing bill for Internet services.
And it is expected that the next generations of mobile wireless phone system (3G & 4G) would not encounter any serious security threats as the mobile phone vendors are proactively dealing with the existing as well as potential security threats. Meanwhile, wireless micropayment participants, such as mobile service providers and financial institutions, will need to better educate mobile customers to arouse their awareness of the potential threats existing in the air. This is the best lesson which wireless micropayments should learn from the struggling of wired micropayments. According to Kearney’s m-commerce survey , more customers tend to use micropayment systems, especially for small cash transactions such as transit fare or vending machines. Mobile micropayments have already reached markets in regions such as South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong as well as Western Europe.
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From a global perspective, m-payment generated sales are estimated to reach $25 billion in 2008 . Swedish payments company Trustly also enables mobile bank transfers, but is used mainly for business-to-consumer transactions that occur solely online. If an e-tailer integrates with Trustly, its customers can pay directly from their bank account. Unlike Swish, users don’t need to register a Trustly account or download software to pay with it. In 2012, Ericsson and Western Union partnered to expand the direct operator billing market, making it possible for mobile operators to include Western Union mobile money transfers as part of their mobile financial service offerings.