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Upaid gathers experts to debate mobile payments industry acceleration

LONDON - 16 November 2005 - Upaid, the mobile payments specialists, will lead the pre-conference workshop at this year's IIR Mobile Payments Strategies conference, to be held in Madrid at the Hotel Intercontinental, 7-9 December. The conference is being held in conjunction with IIR's Next Generation Billing event, taking place in the same venue.

Upaid has assembled a panel of mobile payments experts from multiple sectors to participate in a day of presentations and debate on the future of the industry in a post-Simpay World.

The workshop entitled "Mobile commerce: What Simpay should have been" will feature presentations from experts from a wide range of industries in the mobile payments space, including representatives from aggregators, mobile operators, content providers and financial services organisations. Andrew Bud, CEO of mBlox, will speak on "After the Fall: The Demise of Simpay and the status of the Mobile Payments Industry" while Dave Birch, Director of Consult Hyperion will highlight "Who's doing what, what works, what hasn't worked?". Other presentations include case studies on the Visa Mobile Service, now live in several countries in the Middle East; and PayNowSMS, a new mobile payment service enabling customers to purchase content with payment billed to a registered credit or debit card. Representatives from O2, MasterCard and Visa will participate, among others.

Ashley Ward, CEO of Upaid, stated: "We are pleased that so many industry experts have agreed to come and discuss where the industry is heading with us. It is rare to have so much knowledge and experience in what is proving to be a flourishing industry in the same room. Upaid looks forward to the debate and the conclusions we will draw on what is in store for this exciting space."

More information on the conference can be obtained from the IIR website.

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Baldry
Hotwire PR
Tel.: +44 207 608 4629

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