In addition, the carriers partnered with Barclays, a major issuer of Master Card and Visa credit cards in this country, which should enable them to offer the service to those card holders.So, why don't the carriers circumvent the credit card networks via the internet – or even better, using their own 3G networks?well wave your cellphone over a retail console to buy just about anything within a couple of years, obviating the need to carry around much of what's in your wallet.That might sound super cool, but aside from learning a new swipe, not much else will change from the way we use credit cards today."Visa and Master Card are so universal at this point that the barriers to entry for any new payment system are almost insurmountable," said IDC Financial Insights practice director for payments and security Aaron Mac Pherson.
In our modern days, you don’t have to use only cash to obtain goods or services.It totally failed to take off – now, they're Tempo Payments, and they're selling to banks.""Some very smart, very well-funded people have attacked this thing, so far without any success at all," he added."Even the competing card networks, Discover and American Express, have been hammering at this for decades and have not put a serious dent."To date, the biggest problem for companies trying to make pay-by-phone a reality has been how they should split up the loot, which is a good problem to have.After all, how can delivering a bunch of ones and zeros – something that's essentially free in most other cases – end up costing three percent of the price of something tangible like groceries or a shirt?
In these dis-intermediated times, it seems laughable that moving a small amount of data around would be worth so much."If you're going to try to do something on the public internet, your reliability and availability goes down dramatically.