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Qpass

(Qpass Inc., Seattle, WA) A software provider that specialized in managing the full cycle of activities for business systems and value-added data services for wireless carriers and network operators. Its offering included content partner relationships, authentication, transaction management, access control, billing, settlement and customer care.

Founded in 1997, Qpass started out as a Web payment service in which the Qpass servers contained the digital wallet information necessary to complete purchases. It was the first company to host a full e-commerce system shared by participating merchants that appeared to be part of the merchant's own site. In 2004, the company acquired Dublin-based Altamedius, a well known European payment provider, in order to be able to offer this service to its mobile commerce clientele. In 2006, Qpass was acquired by Amdocs Ltd. See Web payment service.
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The company claims that Qpass Retail Suite offers service providers the ability to deliver a satisfying and consistent customer experience across all media types, channels and screens, including mobile, PC, IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) and other forms of technologies that may emerge in the future.
Today, Qpass provides the online commerce infrastructure for some of the most successful media and publishing companies on the Web, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes.com, Corbis, Morningstar, AT&T Wireless, and Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters company.
The Qpass end-to-end digital commerce infrastructure provides Factiva with a fully outsourced solution for transaction processing, customer registration and customer care functions to support direct digital content sales from its Publication Library via the Internet.
At the very least they mean no more filling in of multiple online forms, QPass observes, citing industry research claimed to show that between 66% and 95% of all online purchases are abandoned midstream.
According to QPass, many websites allow tunes to be previewed before being bought and this inadvertently provides people with the opportunity to copy them to a PC.
"Right now it's a one-size fits all approach with a lot of content at one end and a lot of consumers at the other," says Steve Shivers, SVP, sales and marketing at Qpass. "The technology needs to evolve so that providers can link demographics and preference to suggest suitable content to specific user segments."
It will be made possible by the spread of convenient new ways to charge online information purchases to a central account, such as Qpass.
Cha!'s technology, which it now characterizes as "convenience" software, competes with the better known Qpass Inc, which counts Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg among its clients.
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition (http://www.wsj.com/daily/trial), is being sold through the Seattle-based Qpass Content Transaction Network, where billings and payments are handled by a third party, in effect an online fulfillment company.
over the next several years is mobile distribution, according to Phillipe Poutonnet, strategic market analyst for Qpass. In Europe, where the underlying mobile infrastructure is more advanced with high-speed 3G mobile telecommunications delivery and devices, users can download and pay for music downloaded to handsets.
Qpass has announced that Consumer Reports Online, published by Consumers Union, is now using the Qpass Digital Commerce Service to enable the pay-per-view sale of selected Consumer Reports content.
But, believes co-founder George Fleming, the fact that it can offer it cheaper will enable it to take off in a way that systems such as CyberCash's InstaBuy, iCanBuy and the Qpass micropayment system have so far failed to do.