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While Square (squareup.com) remains the king of mobile transactions for small businesses, taxis and other services globally, the company has so far stayed away from Windows Phone, sticking with the iPhone and Android instead. File it under the old “not enough market share” problem that has plagued Microsoft.

Some of that is changing though as PagSeguro (Brazil) and Cube (getcube.com) have finally embraced Windows Phone, allowing small companies to use their preferred device when doing mobile credit card transactions.

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Tip: How to protect your Wallet in Windows Phone 8

Purchasing apps and games on a Windows Phone is an absolute breeze. Trials are a unique opportunity for developers to allow consumers to download and "try" their work before committing to a purchase. But with the speedy process in purchasing apps from the Store, should there be some level of protection for credit cards that are attached to a Microsoft Account?

Currently, anyone who has access to a Windows Phone that has a Microsoft Account loaded with valid credit cards for transactions can head into the Store and engage in a shopping spree - this isn't a good situation to be in but it can occur with children or other folk who borrow a smartphone for a few minutes. Luckily, Microsoft has a solution for this issue.

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Introducing the Windows Phone 8 Wallet

One of the new features with Windows Phone 8 is the Wallet app. Microsoft has added a digital wallet that you can use to keep your debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information handy on your Windows Phone.

The Wallet app also has the ability to find other apps to link with that can provide additional information on that card or account such as balance and transaction history. Wallet can also be used to find and share local shopping deals.

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Pinnable CC's and new notifications

Many of the new features of Windows Phone 8 are already known due to the leaked SDK over the summer but exactly how some of it will look is still a bit unclear.

Take for example the NFC Wallet app. It’s a safe assumption that it will allow many different options—storage of coupons, deal cards, frequent flier pass and of course your credit cards. It’s also not too wild of a guess that Microsoft will allow you to pin those to your Start screen for quick and easy access.

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eWallet Go - App Spotlight

We've taken a look at Password Manager for the Windows Phone and now we'll shine the spotlight on eWallet GO. Ilium Software is offering the Windows Phone app over at the Marketplace to help you keep track of your usernames/passwords, financial accounts, credit cards, PIN Numbers and other information that needs to be secure but readily available.

eWallet GO makes it easy to get started, with 29 ready-to-use templates for you to enter all your critical information. The app supports multiple categories, so you'll never have to second guess where you saved any of your information. eWallet Go's philosophy, "It's your info - save it however you like, and access it fast without worry."

eWallet GO also supports Google Docs or Dropbox to help make saving your file easily. Not only can you back up and restore your wallet to your phone, but if you also purchase eWallet GO! for Windows (available from Ilium's website) you can back up and restore between your phone and your PC.

There isn't a trial version for eWallet Go and the full version is running $4.99. You can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Businesses are constantly trying to capitalize on the ever-increasing number of smartphone users out there.  We've seen Acculynk bring PaySecure debit processing system to phones, Starbucks accepting payments via apps, and Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) launch credit card-reading platform Square.  Now, billing subscription management company Accumulus has developed their own credit card payment application for Windows Phone 7.

Using a direct connection to Authorize.net, Accumulus's product can charge, refund and view credit card history right from any WP7 device.  Its versatility allows businesses to conduct transactions from the tradeshows and showroom floors alike.

Check out the video...head to the 2 minute mark to see the WP app in action.

Source: WinExtra

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Pageonce, who makes software to live monitor your accounts, announced support today for Windows Phone 7. The software looks a lot like what Quicken or Microsoft Money was for Windows Mobile years ago, but goes further with the ability to evidently access and live update your accounts: credit card, bills, banks, etc. It also sounds like it will get its own Hub too on the Start screen, allowing quick access to all of one's finances.

The software should be available in November for free and will feature the following services:

  • Account Monitoring:  A quick and simple snapshot of available cash, credit card balances, upcoming bills, and investment values.
  • Transaction Insights: Ability to dive deeper and look into daily financial transactions and spending behavior
  • Bill Tracking:  A comprehensive look at bills, when they are due and how much is owed
  • Spending History: A monthly spending history and trends across all accounts
  • Real-Time Alerts:  Notifications and updates deliver important account events and help users avoid fees, penalties and suspicious activity

While simple "bill keepers" are one thing, the ability to live-sync to your accounts on the go sounds real good and stuff we should be able to easily do in 2010.

Check out the full YouTube demo after the break--it really looks pretty snazzy and we normally hate financial stuff.

Source: EarthTimes

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