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Visa has anounced that its digital wallet service will be called V.me, but won’t use the credit card’s traditional branding.

Expected to be rolled out fully in early 2012 after launching in beta today, V.me will have its own identity in an effort to differentiate it from Visa's other services.

The service will work in a similar way to PayPal, as an ecommerce offering initially, and can be topped up through a variety of sources including Visa, Mastercard or a standard bank account. 

This means users will be able to make an online payment using a username and password, rather than having to key in all of the data from a credit card.

To accelerate the adoption of Visa’s payments services, including V.me, the company has also unveiled a new developer programme that brings together all its current subsidiaries including Authorize.Net, CyberSource, Fundamo and PlaySpan. Its aim is to give retailers, merchants and start-ups better access to Visa's payments services, since the tools provide mobile developers with easier ways to accept payments on handsets.

Considering Visa’s strength as a reputable name in the banking sector, supported by heavy marketing and advertising of the new product, V.me is in a good position. Existing customers should be able to sign up easily, and new ones will feel secure due to the association with Visa.

With PayPal's own digital wallet service expected to launch next year - as well as Google Wallet on the market- it'll be interesting to see how products from the big three compare.

David Moth

Published 16 November, 2011 by David Moth @ Econsultancy

David Moth is Editor and Head of Social at Econsultancy. You can follow him on Twitter or connect via Google+ and LinkedIn

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This will be warmly welcomed by many online retailers.

There is a lot of distrust and dissatisfaction among businesses that use PayPal, particularly relating to chargeback fraud and poor customer service.

And of course for buyers, a certain amount of suspicion will always be attached to the brand through its association with ebay.

PayPal have had the blue ocean for years, but I think they will start struggling when a finance heavyweight like Visa dives in.

As someone who sells online, this is good news.

almost 5 years ago

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