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The objective of this document is to unveil key aspects of the new payment methods that are changing our lives: the mobile payment. Leveraging the most updated data mined by Observatory NFC & Mobile Payment and taking a closer look at the Cashlog case, as an example of payment solution system for both merchants and customers that allows to sell or buy digital goods of low unit value (0,99€ - 15€) by using the mobile phone .
Mobile Payment is a composite payment model which encompasses different paradigms, all characterized by the use of the Mobile phone as their primary means of interaction.
There is a shift from paying “up close” in which the phone "emulates" a payment card (Mobile Proximity Payment), and the payment of services from a distance (remote) via SMS or Applications (Mobile Remote Payment), to managing in a broad sense, the entire process of purchase and payment remotely (mobile commerce) and the transfer of money between users or between users and financial institutions (Mobile Money Transfer). The common feature of these paradigms is the use of the phone and its distinctive features to innovate the payment methods: the huge population penetration (more than 5 billion devices worldwide), mobility, extreme portability and interactivity. However, the differences between the different paradigms are such that, beyond some common premises, the analysis of this present situation, the potentials and developments need to be addressed separately.
Focalizing to the expectation versus reality the research of Observatory NFC & Mobile Payment evaluate the different types of mobile payment.