How to Invest in the Massive Mobile Payments Revolution

Imagine walking into a store with no cash or credit cards, and paying for your items just by saying your name. As Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore tells us in the video below, that technology is already here, and in effect at thousands of stores across the country.

This mobile revolution is still in its infancy, but with so many different companies it can be daunting to know how to profit in the space. Fortunately, The Motley Fool has just released a free report on mobile named "The Next Trillion-Dollar Revolution" that tells you how. Inside the report, we not only describe why this seismic shift will dwarf any other technology revolution seen before it, but we also name the company at the forefront of the trend. You can access this report free of charge just by clicking here.

Rex Moore owns shares of eBay. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google, MasterCard, and Starbucks and has the following options: short JAN 2013 $47.00 puts on Starbucks. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Apple, eBay, Google, The Home Depot, Starbucks, and Visa. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2012, at 3:53 PM, Brent2223 wrote:

    My name is Bond, James Bond.

    Do you think that would work? I'm sure he's got great credit.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2012, at 4:20 PM, FoolishSkulls wrote:

    Who are the companies we should look further into then? Which ones are the expected big-time gainers from this change?

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2012, at 7:35 PM, NickD wrote:

    We don't need to change the way we pay for things it's not that hard to carry a card and this makes no sense I'm Warren Buffett I can now buy anything.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2012, at 7:37 AM, SJColeman wrote:

    The question I have is "Why is better than a credit/debit card/" There seems to be an affinity for the unbanked but the unbanked do not have much money which is why they are unbanked in the first place. Where is the money to be made in this transformation??

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2012, at 3:52 PM, Popa17 wrote:

    Absolutely right !

    Mobile paying will become a very useful low income population society inclusion tool, lower income than prepaid cards.

    Best buy at present is TSU, Tim Participacoes, a best pick from the telecom segment in Brazil with an ADR at a $28 target.

    The Brazil government just announced this week regulations for mobile payments will be issued still this year and Obie companies in Brazil are warming up business models to enter the segment.


  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2012, at 5:18 PM, TheCrusader wrote:


    The view of the industry is that credit/debit cards will not be replaced by virtual cards in any material numbers in the short term. The view is that people will still want the plastic not only as a backup in the event that their phone is lost but also insufficient acceptance infrastructure.

    However many are of the view that non-financial cards such as loyalty will be replaced by virtual cards.

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2012, at 10:06 AM, Zinj wrote:

    My wife uses a card-swipe fob which plugs into her phone (I'll omit the brand name because I don't intend this post as a plug for any one particular brand).

    We looked at "Square" and liked the simplicity of the process to apply for an account as well as the simple billing plan BUT decided against it as it is not PCI-compliant, which potentially leaves my wife open to massive liability if a number gets intercepted and used by miscreants. (I love slipping the word "miscreant" into posts).

    So we bailed on Square because of a potential legal exposure due to an inadequacy of the tech. Hopefully they get that buttoned down.

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