Canada’s first mobile payment service Zoompass launches
I met Aran Hamilton at Mobile World Congress, and he could not tell me much about his current project, but he has been in touch to reveal that Zoompass is now live. More from the release below – it looks really interesting.
Zoompass, Canada’s first mobile payment service is a new fast, safe, and convenient way for Canadians to send and receive money using their mobile phones. It is the first product launched by EnStream LP, a mobile commerce joint venture company owned by Bell Canada, Rogers and TELUS – Canada’s three leading wireless operators.
Canada’s three largest wireless phone companies decided to collaborate and launch the Zoompass service together with the vision that a common standard and interoperability for mobile money transfers across all networks would result in unprecedented convenience for consumers.
Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers Communications had this to say about the launch: “Today the industry announced something called Zoompass, a collaboration between the three players [Rogers, Bell Mobility, and TELUS]. These are early days, but they allow for people to exchange currencies, make payments between friends, between supplier and provider. It’s the beginning of something that’s going to revolutionise our industry.”
Zoompass makes it easy to split a lunch bill, request money from parents, collect sports team fees, solicit money for a co-worker’s gift, or even pay a babysitter – right from a mobile phone. If Canadians find that the service fits into their mobile lifestyle we can expect to hear more people ask one another “Do you want me to Zoom you the money?”
It is great to see the 3 Canadian operators getting together to launch a venture that can benefit 100% of the mobile population – we need to see this sort of collaboration in the UK around mobile payments and mobile advertising as well to move things forward.