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Absa gets into mobile card swiping with its Pebble

To call the mobile-based card processing business crowded would be a slight understatement — launching a reader is nearly an instinctual reaction for commerce outlets that see Nedbank running away with the market. What’s to stop another bank from joining the fray? ABSA doesn’t see anything wrong, as it’s starting up a me-too service through Thumbzup. The headphone jack reader with Android, BB OS and iOS support (full list of supported devices after the jump) will seem very familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention; the company does have some tantalizing lures for entrepreneurs, however, such as an ever-so-slightly lower 3.2 percent fee per transaction as well as a year-long deals marketing service subscription for any 2014 sign-ups. SA shops that haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon with Nedbank (or Groupon, or PayPal ) can pre-order a reader today and start taking payments right now, as you read this.

ABSA Pebble supported devices:

  • HTC One;
  • HTC One V;
  • HTC One X;
  • HTC One SV;
  • Huawei Ascend P6;
  • Huawei Ascend Y300;
  • Huawei Ascend Y220;
  • Huawei Ascend G525;
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo (GT-S5310);
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 (GT-S7710);
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100);
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300);
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 mini (GT-I8190);
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500);
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9500);
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100);
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9000);
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005);
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (GT-N5110);
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE (GT-N8020);
  • iPhone;
  • iPad;
  • Blackberry Z10;
  • Blackberry Q10;
  • Blackberry Z30

 

*Additional Reporting from MyBroadBand

Papi Mabele
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