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But who cares about the web? The future, as the saying goes, is already here but unevenly distributed. Globe Telecom in the Phillipines, has launched the IMEVRYWHR service that integrates text and instant messaging with its G-Cash digital money service. As far as I can see, this is where Skype + PayPal is going to end up isn’t it? I mean, who cares about Skype and Paypal on PCs when you have them on mobile phones. And when you can PayPal between two phones by touching them together…
Some people see person-to-person e-payments (let’s call the concept “e-cash” for short) as a more credible candidate for ‘killer’ application for mobile phone users than TV, music or even Internet access because these appeal to segments whereas e-cash is universal. Dick Clark from Consult Hyperion will be talking on this topic at New Payments Channels in London in a couple of week’s time.
My opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public. [posted with ecto]
Its already here. The 800-lb gorilla in the integration of chat and payments is Tencent Holdings QQ service in China. Q-coins are very popular for both value-added services online and are being linked to real world payments (debit and credit cards). Tencent hasn’t had much visibility outside of China, for some strange reason, but QQ is completely dominant in chat and voice (about 80 percent of online users in China use the service). (I’ve written a number of times about QQ, if you want additional information)