Mobile payments are here, there is no doubt about it. The technology is popping up everywhere. Rewind back a decade ago and cash and plastic were still the two major ways to pay for things. Although many people were using PayPal for peer to peer payments, and to pay for things on websites such as Ebay, Amazon, Overstock, and online, the technology wasn’t being completely utilized. Today the new payment market that has been slowly emerging over the last decade is coming to the light. Mobile payment advancements using NFC, QR Codes, and P2P technology have officially arrived. We have spoken in past blogs about some of the companies that are bringing this to you which include: Visa (V.me), Vodafone, Apple (Passbook), Google (Google Wallet), and PayPal just to name a few.
Now that qr (quick response) codes have made their way into a numerous amount of large and small companies, the technology seems to be being utilized by many other sources as well. Mobile companies (advertising, sales, merchants, etc.) are beginning to use qr codes at an even faster pace than previously used in 2012. QR (quick response) codes are very versatile in the sense that they can be used in so many different ways. Below I will list, and link you to just a few of the ways qr codes can be used by various different companies, and for many different reasons. I will also list and link you to some of the companies pioneering, providing, and creating this great technology and it’s advancements.
It’s great to have all of the technologies we have today including; computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, bluetooth, and so much more. It seems we have an invention or innovation for almost everything and it’s great to be a part of such an amazing technological time. One of the great technological innovations over the last few years is the the smart wallet. A smart wallet is a smart mobile phone (application) or device. These applications have many different names including, but not limited to: smart wallet, mobile wallet, mobile billfold, virtual wallet, digital wallet, etc. Below is a short list in no particular order of the most recent companies in the mobile wallet market, that are bringing these types of payments and technologies to the mainstream. I have also included links to my references courtesy of the great writers at Tech Crunch.