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Spotlight on: Hiya

By | Executive Interview, Messaging, Privacy | No Comments

The best way to fight back against phishing is to help people to know they are being phished. So says Stanley Kim, general manager of communications experience at Hiya. He talked to MEF about the power of ‘caller ID’ to combat phone spam…

Last summer, a study revealed that email spam is at an all time low. It’s still a big problem – 49.7 per cent emails sent are junk. But that’s the lowest percentage in over a decade.

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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

By | MEF Asia, MEFTV | No Comments

MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

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In-store mobile wallets: the huge market with no winners (yet)

By | Featured Post, Opinion | No Comments

This week the MCX abandoned its mission to be the US’s primary mobile payment wallet. But who had defeated it? Well, here’s the weird thing, argues Tim Green. No one.

In August 2012, a group of the US’s largest retailers got together and decided enough was enough. They were sick of paying ‘unreasonable’ fees to credit card companies. And they were wary of newcomers like Google threatening to bring their disruptive brands into their stores.

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Weekly mobile news roundup: 20 May

By | News Roundup | No Comments

Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Microsoft offloads Nokia for $350M, Android Pay debuts in UK, wearables market up 67% worldwide and much more.

Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today.

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The cost of fraud in the A2P SMS ecosystem, a back-of-the-envelope calculation

By | Featured Post, Messaging | No Comments

Fraud costs businesses and consumers money – but the size of the loss is often hard to quantify. As MEF launches a new Messaging Initative, Rob Malcolm, SVP of Corporate Development at Mblox, one of the 25 programme founders, explores what fraudulent activity is really costing the A2P SMS ecosystem…

Fraud is headlines news…why, because it costs businesses and consumers money, lots and lots of money. Though fraud is not rampant in the A2P SMS ecosystem it does exist and in this article we explain where it occurs and hypothesize what it costs. Before diving into the back-of-the-envelope calculation, we first have to understand the market size and the types of fraud that exist in the A2P SMS ecosystem.

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Brazil focus: the government’s on-off war with WhatsApp

By | Country Focus, Featured Post, mobile messaging | No Comments

Brazilian authorities have twice blocked access to WhatsApp, infuriating millions of app users. The issue illustrates the ongoing tension between the desire to protect personal privacy and also to pursue criminals.

When nearly everyone has a mobile computer (smartphone) and a data connection and a messaging app, it means everyone has freedom to communicate and to publish.

Most agree this is good for society.

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MEF launches new programme to tackle fraud and grow mobile messaging market

By | Featured Post, mobile messaging | One Comment

MEF has today published the A2P Messaging Fraud Framework – the first release from its new industry programme The Future of Messaging. It identifies 11 distinct fraud types that impact the global messaging business today.

25 companies have developed the Framework as part of a two-year programme launched in Q4 2015 to create awareness and develop industry best practices in mobile messaging that accelerate market clean-up and advance innovation to support sustainable growth across the ecosystem.

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The Global Mobile Money Landscape update

By | Featured Post, Mobile Money | No Comments

The mobile money landscape continues to evolve bringing new and increasingly convenient ways to purchase items in-store and online or transfer funds P2P.

Check out the latest developments below in the mobile money landscape graphic. Defined by MEF’s Global Working Group it categorises the ecosystem into in-store payments, online payments, P2P payments, direct operator billing, mobile wallets and mPos

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