This week Mobile World Congress in Barcelona housed 1,500 exhibitors and more than 67,000 attendees from over 205 countries around the world.
Our discussions focused on transforming the way people pay and get paid—the role financial institutions, mobile network operators, device manufacturers and merchants will play in making mobile money a reality for consumers around the world.
In addition to our keynote address and panel participation, Visa announced several key partnerships:
A global alliance with Vodafone
- Visa Inc., Visa Europe and Vodafone formed a brand alliance to bring Visa mobile payments to Vodafone mobile subscribers in key markets around the world. Visa will become the preferred payments brand offered to Vodafone mobile subscribers (in markets where Vodafone owns and operates the mobile network).
A strategic alliance with Intel
- Joined Intel CEO Paul S. Otellini on stage during Intel’s press conference
- Visa certified Intel’s new smartphone for use with Visa payWave. New Intel-designed mobile devices will host the Visa payWave payment application on a secure SIM card and also feature Near Field Communications (NFC) technology.
Paul Otellini and John Partridge, Courtesy of Mashable
A new service developed in collaboration with Oberthur Technologies
- “Over the Air” provisioning of mobile payment accounts
- Financial institutions and mobile network operators will now have the ability to provision and activate mobile payment accounts on smartphones enabled with NFC technology.
Orange Offers Visa Mobile Prepaid to Orange Money Customers
- Beginning this summer, Orange subscribers will have the extended the functionality of using the Orange Money Service (a closed-loop payment service operating in 7 countries across Africa) to have a Visa Mobile Prepaid account connected to their mobile phone.
President John Partridge’s keynote presentation, “Financial Services in a Mobile World” discussed Visa’s vision for next generation payments and its ability to improve lives of banked and unbanked consumers.
Global Head of Mobile Product Bill Gajda represented Visa on a panel “Mobile Money: Delivering Innovative Mobile Payment Services,” a discussion with other key payment players striving to make mobile payments a reality.
Collaborating with some of the world’s most innovative companies and individuals reaffirmed what we already know: that technology can transform and improve every aspect of our lives.
Posted by: Ryan Donovan, Corporate Relations on March 2, 2012 at 9:33 am